What’s in a name?

Sometimes one can’t help but wonder whether names of people in history were given to them after they lived the way they did (to capture the essence of their lives) or really before. Naming is important; names are prophetic.

Performing an Akan tradition where you symbolically ask the child to learn to distinguish between ‘water’ and ‘juice,’ ‘good and evil,’ ‘black and white,’ right and wrong.’

Nana Ahomka

Nana Ahomka Asamoabea Perbi
And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”  (Mark 1:11) 
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. (Luke 2:52)

I woke up early morning on Monday, 6th February with ‘Adenyinaamu’ on his heart; yes, that this child we were carrying will be holistic and have “God in my everything,” “God over everything.”

Considering the challenge of name pronunciation in the global context we kept the idea of holistic, wholesome, bringing God pleasure in every area of her life and gave her the simpler version AhomkaNana AhomkaGod’s pleasure (delight). This emphasizes both our prayer that she will live a wholesome, holistic life, all aspects pleasing to the LORD, as well as that she will bring delight to us and everyone she ever encounters.

The middle name, Asamoabea, is that of my beloved paternal grandmother who was quite the prayer warrior and story-teller! And boy could she dance with delight to everyone’s delight!

Our prayer:
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favour and good repute In the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:3-6)


From ‘Fantastic Four’ to ‘Fabulous Five’

Our children with their prophetic names (from left to right)…

  1. Nana Agyina (God’s Purpose) | Boy, 9 years
  2. Nana Adwenepa (God’s Paradigms) | Boy, 5 years
  3. Nana Ahotew (God’s Purity) | Girl, 2 years
  4. Nana Ashede (God’s Principles) | Girl, 7 years
  5. Nana Ahomka (God’s Pleasure) | Girl, 0 years (or 1 year, the Chinese way 🙂




  1. Elsie D says:
    August 4, 2017

    to the world, Nana Ahomka! May you live your name out all the days of
    your life! And may God continually rejoice over you with singing! Can’t
    wait to see you and kiss those adorable cheeks!

    • Yaw Perbi says:
      August 9, 2017

      Thanks and amen, Big Sis! Eish! Our Montreal-Toronto/Perbi-Dickson reunions are going to be really ‘hefty’ henceforth! LOL!!!

      • Elsie D says:
        August 9, 2017

        And what a joyous occasion each one of them will be!!! More love to go around! Justice suggested over the weekend that the Dicksons and Ekubans embark on a road trip to Montreal one day to visit you guys! 🙂


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