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Meaning of your African Names

There’s so much more to African names than just being a means of identification.

The continent, which is blessed with so many ethnic groups and languages, have their own unique ways of selecting names for their children.

These names show the tribe in which one is from and their origin. But there’s more.

Take a look at the following African names and their meaning as provided by behindthename.com. The female names start from page number 6.

ABIDEMI m Western African, Yoruba
Means “born during father’s absence” in Yoruba.

ABIMBOLA m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “born wealthy” in Yoruba.

ABIODUN m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “born on a festival” in Yoruba.

ABIOYE m Western African, Yoruba
Means “born into royalty” in Yoruba.

ABOUBACAR m Western African, Wolof, Serer, Fula
Form of ABU BAKR used in western Africa.

ABUBAKAR m Western African, Hausa, Fula
Form of ABU BAKR used in Nigeria.

ADE  m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “crown” in Yoruba, also a short form of other Yoruba names beginning with this element.

ADEBAYO m Western African, Yoruba
Means “the crown meets joy” in Yoruba.

ADEBOLA m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “the crown has met wealth” in Yoruba.

ADEBOWALE m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “the crown has come home” in Yoruba.

ADEDAYO m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “the crown becomes joy” in Yoruba.

ADEGOKE m  Western African, Yoruba
Means “the crown has been exalted” in Yoruba.

ADETOKUNBO m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “the crown came from over the sea” in Yoruba.

ADISA m Western African, Yoruba
Means “one who is clear” in Yoruba.

AFOLABI m Western African, Yoruba
Means “born into wealth” in Yoruba.

AKACHI m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “the hand of God” in Igbo.

AKPAN m Western African, Ibibio
Means “first-born son” in Ibibio.

AKPOFURE m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means “life is peaceful” in Urhobo.

AKUCHI m  & f Western African, Igbo
Means “wealth from God” in Igbo.

ALEMAYEHU m & f Eastern African, Amharic
Means “I have seen the world” in Amharic.

ALHAJI m Western African, Hausa
Means “pilgrim” in Hausa, a derivative of Arabic حَجِّي (hajji) meaning “pilgrimage, hajj”.

ALINAFE m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “he is with us” in Chewa.

AMADI  m Western African, Igbo
Means “free man” in Igbo.

AMADI m Western African, Yoruba
Means “seemed destined to die at birth” in Yoruba.

AMADOU m Western African, Wolof, Serer, Fula, Manding
Form of AHMAD used in parts of western Africa.

AMAHLE m & f Southern African, Zulu
Means “the beautiful ones” in Zulu.

AMEQRAN m Northern African, Berber
Means “eldest” in Tamazight.

ANAN  m & f Western African, Akan
Means “fourth born child” in Akan.

ANDILE m & f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means “they have increased” in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.

AWOTWI m & f Western African, Akan
Means “eighth born child” in Akan.

AYANDA m & f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means “they are increasing” in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.

AYOf & m Western African, Yoruba
Means “joy” in Yoruba, or a short form of names containing that element.

AYODELE m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “joy has come home” in Yoruba. African, Yoruba
Means “joy has filled the home” in Yoruba.

AYOMIDE f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means “my joy has arrived” in Yoruba.

AYOTUNDE m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “joy has returned” in Yoruba.

AZUBUIKE m Western African, Igbo
Means “the past is your strength” or “your back is your strength” in Igbo.

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BAAKO m & f Western African, Akan
Means “first born child” in Akan.

BABAJIDE m Western African, Yoruba
Means “father has returned” in Yoruba.

BABATUNDE m Western African, Yoruba
Means “father has returned” in Yoruba.

BAMIDELE m Western African, Yoruba
Means “follow me home” in Yoruba.

BANDILE m & f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means “they have increased” in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.

BERHANE m & f Eastern African, Amharic
Means “light” in Amharic.

BERHANU m Eastern African, Amharic
Means “his light” in Amharic.

BERKO m Western African, Akan
Means “first born” in Akan.

BITRUS m Western African, Hausa
Hausa form of PETER.

BOIPELO m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means “proud” in Tswana.

BOITUMELO f & m Southern African, Tswana
Means “joy” in Tswana.

BONGANI m Southern African, Zulu
Means “grateful, thankful” in Zulu.

BOUBACAR m Western African, Wolof, Serer, Fula
Variant of ABOUBACAR.

BUHLE f & m Southern African, Xhosa, Ndebele
From Xhosa and Ndebele buhle “beautiful, handsome”, from the root hle.

BUSINGE m & f Eastern African, Kiga
Means “peace” in Rukiga.

CHI  m & f Mythology, Western African, Igbo
Means “god, spirtual being” in Igbo, referring to the personal spiritual guardian that each person is believed to have. Christian Igbo people use it as a name for the personal Christian god. This can also be a short form of the many Igbo names that begin with this element.

CHIBUEZE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God is the king” in Igbo.

CHIBUIKE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God is strength” in Igbo.

CHIBUZO m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God leads the way” in Igbo.

CHIDI m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God exists” in Igbo. It is also a short form of Igbo names beginning with Chidi.

CHIDIEBERE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God is merciful” in Igbo.

CHIDIEBUBE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God is glorious” in Igbo.

CHIDIEGWU m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God is wonderful” in Igbo.

CHIDIKE m Western African, Igbo
Means “God is strong” in Igbo.

CHIDUBEM m Western African, Igbo
Means “guided by God” in Igbo.

CHIEMEKA m Western African, Igbo
Means “God has performed great deeds” in Igbo.

CHIFUNDO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “mercy” in Chewa.

CHIFUNIRO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “will, wish” in Chewa.

CHIJINDUM m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God holds my life” in Igbo.

CHIKE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God’s power” in Igbo.

CHIKELU m & f Western African, Igbo
Variant of CHIKERE.

CHIKERE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God created” in Igbo.

CHIKONDI m &  f Southern African, Chewa
Means “love” in Chewa.

CHIKUMBUTSO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “memory” in Chewa.

CHIMA m Western African, Igbo
Means “God knows” in Igbo.

CHIMWALA m & f Eastern African, Yao
Means “stone” in Yao.

CHIMWEMWE m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “joy, pleasure” in Chewa.

CHINASA f & m Western African, Igbo
Means “God answers” in Igbo.

CHINEDU m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God leads” in Igbo.

CHINONSO m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God is nearby” in Igbo.

CHINWE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God owns” in Igbo. It is also a short form of Igbo names beginning with Chinwe.

CHINWEIKE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God owns power” in Igbo.

CHINWENDU m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God owns life” in Igbo.

CHINWEUBA m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God owns wealth” in Igbo.

CHIOMA f & m Western African, Igbo
Means “good God” in Igbo.

CHISOMO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “grace” in Chewa.

CHIUMBO m Eastern African, Mwera
Means “small” in Mwera.

CHIYEMBEKEZO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “hope” in Chewa.

CHIZOBA m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God protect us” in Igbo.

CHUKS m Western African, Igbo
Diminutive of Igbo names beginning with the element Chukwu meaning “God”.

CHUKWUDI m Western African, Igbo
Variant of CHIDI, using Chukwu as the first element, which is the extended form of Chi meaning “God”.

CHUKWUEMEKA m Western African, Igbo
Means “God has done something great” in Igbo.

CHUKWUMA m Western African, Igbo
Variant of CHIMA, using Chukwu as the first element, which is the extended form of Chi meaning “God”.

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DAKARAI m Southern African, Shona
Means “rejoice” in Shona.

DALITSO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “blessing” in Chewa.

DAYO m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “joy arrives” in Yoruba.

DEJEN m Eastern African, Amharic
Means “foundation, support” in Amharic.

DESTA f & m Eastern African, Amharic
Means “joy” in Amharic.

DUBAKU m & f Western African, Akan
Means “eleventh born child” in Akan.

DUMISANI m Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means “praise” in Zulu and Ndebele.

EFE m & f Western African, Urhobo
Short form of EFEMENA or other names containing efe “wealth”.

EFEMENA m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means “here is my wealth” in Urhobo.

EJIRO m & f Western African, Urhobo
Short form of EJIROGHENE or other names containing ejiro “praise”.

EJIROGHENE m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means “praise God” in Urhobo.

EKENE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “praise, thanks” in Igbo.

EKENEDILICHUKWU m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “all praise to God” in Igbo.

EKUNDAYO f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means “sorrow becomes joy” in Yoruba.

EKWUEME m  Western African, Igbo
Means “he says, he does” in Igbo.

EMEKA m Western African, Igbo
Means “great deeds” in Igbo. It also functions as a short form of CHUKWUEMEKA.

EMEM m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means “peace” in Ibibio.

ENIOLA f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means “person of wealth” in Yoruba.

ENITAN m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “person with a story, storied person” in Yoruba.

ENU m & f Western African, Akan
Means “fifth born child” in Akan.

ENYINNAYA m Western African, Igbo
Means “his father’s friend” in Igbo.

ESEOGHENE m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means “God’s gift” in Urhobo.

ESKENDER m Eastern African, Amharic
Amharic form of ALEXANDER.

FARAI m & f Southern African, Shona
Means “rejoice” in Shona.

FARAJI m Eastern African, Swahili
Means “consolation” in Swahili.

FATSANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “be meek” in Chewa.

FEMI m Western African, Yoruba
Short form of OLUFEMI.

FILBERT m Eastern African
Variant of FILIBERT. It is particularly used in Tanzania due to track star Filbert Bayi (1953-), who set a world record running the 1500 meter in 1974.

FOLAMI m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “respect and honour me” in Yoruba.

FUMNANYA f & m Western African, Igbo
Means “love me” in Igbo.

FUNGAI m & f Southern African, Shona
Means “think” in Shona.

GADISA m Eastern African, Oromo
From Oromo gaaddisa meaning “shade”.

GANIZANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “think” in Chewa.

GUDINA m Eastern African, Oromo
Means “growth, advancement” in Oromo.

GWANDOYA m Eastern African, Ganda
Means “met with misery” in Luganda.

IBRAHIMA m Western African, Fula, Serer, Wolof
Form of IBRAHIM used in parts of western Africa.

IDIR m Northern African, Berber
Means “alive” in Tamazight.

IDOWU m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “born after twins” in Yoruba.

IFA m Eastern African, Oromo
Means “light” in Oromo.

IFIOK m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means “wisdom” in Ibibio.

IKENNA m Western African, Igbo
Means “father’s power” in Igbo.

IMAMU m Eastern African, Swahili
Means “spiritual leader” in Swahili, ultimately from Arabic إمام (Imam).

IMANI f &  m Eastern African, Swahili, African American
Means “faith” in Swahili, ultimately of Arabic origin.

IME m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means “patience” in Ibibio.

INIOBONG m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means “God’s time” in Ibibio.

INYENE m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means “wealth” in Ibibio.

ISINGOMA m Eastern African, Ganda
Means “first of twins” in Luganda.

ITORO m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means “praise, glory” in Ibibio.

ITRI m Northern African, Berber
Means “star” in Tamazight.

ITUMELENG m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means “joy” in Tswana.

IZEM m Northern African, Berber
Means “lion” in Tamazight.

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JATAU m Western African, Hausa
Means “fair-coloured, light” in Hausa.

JELANI m Eastern African, Swahili
Means “mighty” in Swahili.

JENGO m Eastern African, Swahili
Means “building” in Swahili.

JUMAANE m Eastern African, Swahili
Means “born on Tuesday” in Swahili.

KABELO m Southern African, Sotho
Means “given” in Sotho.

KAGISO m &  f Southern African, Tswana
Means “peace” in Tswana.

KAMAU m Eastern African, Kikuyu
Possibly means “quiet warrior” in Kikuyu.

KARIUK Im Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means “reincarnated one” in Kikuyu.

KATLEGO m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means “success” in Tswana.

KATLEHO m Southern African, Sotho
Means “success” in Sotho.

KATO m Eastern African, Ganda
Means “second of twins” in Luganda.

KAYIN  m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “celebrated child” in Yoruba.

KAYODE m Western African, Yoruba
Means “he brought joy” in Yoruba.

KEFILWE m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means “I was given” in Tswana.

KGOSI m Southern African, Tswana
Means “king, chief” in Tswana.

KHAMISI m Eastern African, Swahili
Means “born on Thursday” in Swahili.

KIBWE m Eastern African, Swahili
Means “blessed” in Swahili.

KIRABO m & f Eastern African, Ganda
Means “gift” in Luganda.

KISEMBO m & f Eastern African, Tooro
Means “gift” in Rutooro.

KOBINA m Western African, Akan
Variant of KWABENA.

KOFI m Western African, Akan
Means “born on Friday” in Akan.

KOJO m Western African, Akan
Variant of KWADWO.

KONDWANI m & f Southern African, Chewa, Tumbuka
Means “be happy, rejoice” in Chewa and Tumbuka.

KUMBUKANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “remember” in Chewa.

KWABENA m Western African, Akan
Means “born on Tuesday” in Akan.

KWADWO m Western African, Akan
Means “born on Monday” in Akan.

KWAKU m Western African, Akan
Means “born on Wednesday” in Akan.

KWAME m Western African, Akan
Means “born on Saturday” in Akan.

KWASI m Western African, Akan
Means “born on Sunday” in Akan.

KWEKU m Western African, Akan
Variant of KWAKU.

KWESI m Western African, Akan
Variant of KWASI.

KYAUTA m Western African, Hausa
Means “gift” in Hausa.

LANRE m Western African, Yoruba
Short form of OLANREWAJU.

LEKAN m Western African, Yoruba
Short form of OLAMILEKAN.

LELISA m Eastern African, Oromo
From Oromo leellisaa meaning “admirer”.

LENCHO m Eastern African, Oromo
Means “lion” in Oromo.

LIMBANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “be strong” in Chewa.

LIMBIKANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “work hard” in Chewa.

LUNGILE f & m Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means “correct, right, good” in Zulu and Ndebele.

MADALITSO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “blessings” in Chewa.

MAINA m Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means “sing, dance” in Kikuyu. Kikuyu males were traditionally organized into age sets or generations, each lasting about 30 years. The Maina generation occupied the last part of the 19th century.

MAKENA f & m Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means “happy one” in Kikuyu.

MAMADOU m Western African, Wolof, Serer, Fula, Manding
Form of MUHAMMAD used in western Africa.

MANDLA m Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means “strength, power” in Zulu and Ndebele.

MANDLENKOSI m Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
From Zulu and Ndebele amandla “strength, power” and inkosi “king, chief”.

MASAMBA m Eastern African, Yao
Means “leaves, vegetables” in Yao.

MASOZI m &  f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means “tears” in Tumbuka.

MAVUTO  m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “troubles, problems” in Chewa.

MAWULI m Western African, Ewe
Means “God lives” in Ewe.

MAWUNYO m & f Western African, Ewe
Means “God is good” in Ewe.

MAYAMIKO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “praise, gratitude” in Chewa.

MAYESO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “test (from God)” in Chewa.

MELISIZWE m Southern African, Xhosa
Means “leader of the nation” in Xhosa.

MINENHLE f & m Southern African, Zulu
From Zulu imini “day” and hle “beautiful”.

MOSI m Eastern African, Swahili
Means “first (child)” in Swahili.

MOTI m Eastern African, Oromo
Means “leader” in Oromo.

MPHATSO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “gift” in Chewa.

MPHO m & f Southern African, Tswana, Sotho
Means “gift” in Tswana and Sotho, a derivative of fa “to offer”.

MTENDERE m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “peace” in Chewa.

MUBIRU m Eastern African, Ganda
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a figure in Ganda mythology associated with forests and hunting.

MUDIWA f & m Southern African, Shona
Means “beloved” in Shona.

MUHAMMADU m Western African, Hausa, Fula
Hausa and Fula form of MUHAMMAD.

MUNASHE m &  f Southern African, Shona
Means “with God” in Shona.

MWANGI m Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means “rapid expansion” in Kikuyu. Kikuyu males were traditionally organized into age sets or generations. The Mwangi generation started around the beginning of the 20th century and lasted for about 30 years.

MWENYE m Eastern African, Swahili
Means “owner, lord” in Swahili.

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NDIDI m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “patience” in Igbo.

NEO f & m Southern African, Tswana
Means “gift” in Tswana, a derivative of naya “to give”.

NGOZI f & m Western African, Igbo
Means “blessing” in Igbo.

NKEMDILIM m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “let mine be mine” in Igbo.

NKOSANA m Southern African, Xhosa
Means “prince” in Xhosa.

NKRUMA m & f Western African, Akan
Means “ninth born child” in Akan.

NNAMDI m Western African, Igbo
Means “my father is alive” in Igbo. This name is given to a child when it is believed that he is a reincarnation of his grandfather.

NSIA m & f Western African, Akan
Means “sixth born child” in Akan.

NSONOWA m & f Western African, Akan
Means “seventh born child” in Akan.

NTHANDA m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means “star” in Tumbuka.

NYONGESA m Eastern African, Luhya
Means “born on Saturday” in Luhya.

OBI m Western African, Igbo
Means “heart” in Igbo.

OCHIENG m Eastern African, Luo
Means “born when the sun shines”, derived from Luo chieng meaning “sun”.

ODHIAMBO m Eastern African, Luo
Means “born in the evening” in Luo.

OGHENEKARO m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means “God first” in Urhobo.

OGHENEKEVWE m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means “God provided for me” in Urhobo.

OGHENERO m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means “God exists” in Urhobo.

OKAFOR m Western African, Igbo
Means “born on Afor” in Igbo, Afor being one of the days of the Igbo week.

OKEKE m Western African, Igbo
Means “born on Eke” in Igbo, Eke being one of the days of the Igbo week.

OKONKWO m Western African, Igbo
Means “born on Nkwo” in Igbo, Nkwo being one of the days of the Igbo week.

OKORIE m Western African, Igbo
Means “born on Orie” in Igbo, Orie being one of the days of the Igbo week.

OKORO m Western African, Urhobo
Means “man” in Urhobo.

OLABODE m Western African, Yoruba
Means “wealth returns” in Yoruba.

OLAMIDE m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “my wealth has arrived” in Yoruba.

OLAMILEKAN m Western African, Yoruba
Means “my wealth is increased” in Yoruba.

OLANREWAJU m Western African, Yoruba
Means “my wealth is the future” or “my wealth is moving forward” in Yoruba.

OLUCHI m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God’s work” in Igbo.

OLUFEMI m Western African, Yoruba
Means “God loves me” in Yoruba.

OLUFUNKE m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “God has cared for” in Yoruba.

OLUFUNMILAYO f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means “God gave me joy” in Yoruba.

OLUFUNMILOLA f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means “God gives me wealth” in Yoruba.

OLUJIMI m Western African, Yoruba
Means “given by God” in Yoruba.

OLUKAYODE m Western African, Yoruba
Means “God brings happiness” in Yoruba.

OLUMIDE m Western African, Yoruba
Means “God has come” in Yoruba.

OLUWAFEMI  m Western African, Yoruba
Variant of OLUFEMI.

OLUWAFUNMILAYO f & m Western African, Yoruba
Variant of OLUFUNMILAYO.

OLUWAKANYINSOLA m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “God has added sweetness to my wealth” in Yoruba.

OLUWASEGUN m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “God has been victorious” in Yoruba.

OLUWASEUN m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “we thank God” in Yoruba.

OLUWASEYI f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means “God made this” in Yoruba.

OLUWATOYIN m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “God is worthy to be praised” in Yoruba.

OLUWAYEMISI f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means “God honours me” in Yoruba.

OMOBOLANLE f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means “a child who met wealth at home” in Yoruba.

OMONDI m Eastern African, Luo
Means “born early in the morning” in Luo.

ONYEKACHI f & m Western African, Igbo
Means “who is greater than God?” in Igbo.

ONYEKACHUKWU m & f Western African, Igbo
Variant of ONYEKACHI, using Chukwu as the last element, which is the extended form of Chi meaning “God”.

OPEYEMI m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “I should give praise” in Yoruba.

OTIENO m Eastern African, Luo
Means “born at night” in Luo.

OTOBONG m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means “from God” in Ibibio.

OYIBO m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means “white” in Urhobo.

PEMPHERO m &  f Southern African, Chewa
Means “prayer” in Chewa.

PENJANI m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means “seek for, look for” in Tumbuka.

PILIRANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “persevere, endure” in Chewa.

REFILWE m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means “we were given” in Tswana.

RUDO m f Southern African, Shona
Means “love” in Shona.

RUTENDO f & m Southern African, Shona
Means “faith” in Shona.

SANDILE m  Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means “we increased” in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.

SEFU m Eastern African, Swahili
Means “sword” in Swahili, ultimately from Arabic سيف (sayf).

SEKANI m Southern African, Tumbuka
Means “laugh” in Tumbuka.

SEYDOU m Western African, Manding, Fula, Wolof, Serer
Form of SA’ID used in parts of western Africa.

SIBONAKALISO m & f Southern African, Zulu
From Zulu isibonakaliso meaning “sign, token, proof”.

SIBUSISO m Southern African, Zulu, Swazi, Ndebele
Means “blessed” in Zulu, Swazi and Ndebele.

SIFISO m Southern African, Zulu
Means “wish” in Zulu.

SIMBA m Southern African, Shona
Means “strength” in Shona.

SIMBA  m Eastern African, Swahili
Means “lion” in Swahili. This is the name of the main character in the Disney movie ‘The Lion King’ (1994), about a lion cub who exiles himself after his father is murdered.

SIMIYU m Eastern African, Luhya
Means “born during the dry season” in Luhya.

SIPHO m Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means “gift” from Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele isipho.

SISAY m Eastern African, Amharic
Means “good omen” in Amharic.

SITHEMBILE f & m Southern African, Zulu
Means “we trust” in Zulu.

SIYABONGA m Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means “we thank you” in Zulu and Ndebele.

SIZWE m Southern African, Xhosa
Means “nation” in Xhosa.

TADALA m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “we have been blessed” in Chewa.

TADESSE m Eastern African, Amharic
Means “revived” in Amharic.

TAFADZWA m & f Southern African, Shona
Means “we are pleased” in Shona.

TAFARI m Eastern African, Amharic (Rare)
Possibly means “he who inspires awe” in Amharic. This name was borne by Lij Tafari Makonnen (1892-1975), also known as Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia. Rastafarians (Ras Tafari meaning “king Tafari”) revere him as the earthly incarnation of God.

TAKONDWA m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “we are glad” in Chewa.

TAMANDANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “we have exalted” in Chewa.

TAMRAT m Eastern African, Amharic
Means “miracle” in Amharic.

TAONGA f & m Southern African, Tumbuka
Means “we are thankful” in Tumbuka.

TARIKU  m Eastern African, Amharic
Means “history, story” in Amharic.

TATENDA m & f Southern African, Shona
Means “thank you” in Shona.

TAU m Southern African, Tswana, Sotho
Means “lion” in Tswana and Sotho. Tau was the name of the last ruler of the Rolong in South Africa (18th century).

TEBOHO m Southern African, Sotho
Means “gratitude” in Sotho.

TEMITOPE f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means “enough to give thanks” in Yoruba.

TENDAI m & f Southern African, Shona
Means “be thankful” in Shona.

TENDAJI m Eastern African, Swahili
Means “makes things happen” in Swahili.

TESFAYE m Eastern African, Amharic
Means “hope” in Amharic.

TEWODROS m Eastern African, Amharic
Amharic form of THEODORE.

THABANI m Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means “be happy” in Zulu and Ndebele.

THABO m Southern African, Tswana
Means “joy” in Tswana.

THANDO m & f Southern African, Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele
From Xhosa, Zulu and Ndebele thanda meaning “to love”.

THEMBA m Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means “trust, hope” in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.

THOKO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Short form of THOKOZANI.

THOKOZANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “thank” in Chewa.

THULANI m Southern African, Zulu
Means “be quiet, be peaceful” in Zulu.

TICHAONA m Southern African, Shona
Means “we will see” in Shona.

TINASHE m & f Southern African, Shona
Means “we are with God”, from Shona ti “we”, na “with”, and ishe “lord, God”.

TIONGE f & m Southern African, Tumbuka
Means “let us be thankful” in Tumbuka.

TIYAMIKE m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “we praise” in Chewa.

TJAART m Southern African, Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of TJAARD.

TUMELO m & f Southern African, Sotho, Tswana
Means “faith” in Sotho and Tswana.

U-Z

UDO f & m Western African, Igbo
Means “peace” in Igbo.

UDUAK m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means “will, desire” in Ibibio.

UDUAKOBONG m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means “God’s will” in Ibibio.

UFUOMA m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means “peace of mind” in Urhobo.

UMUKORO m Western African, Urhobo
Means “young man” in Urhobo.

UNATHI m & f Southern African, Xhosa
Means “he or she is with us” in Xhosa, from the prefix u- meaning “he, she” and nathi meaning “with us”.

UZOCHI m Western African, Igbo
Means “God’s way” in Igbo.

UZOMA m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “good way” in Igbo.

WAFULA m Eastern African, Luhya
Means “born during the rainy season”, from Luhya ifula meaning “rainy season”.

WAMALWA  m Eastern African, Luhya
Means “born during the brewing season” in Luhya.

WANANGWA  m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means “freedom” in Tumbuka.

WANJALA  m Eastern African, Luhya
Means “born during famine”, from Luhya injala meaning “hunger, famine”.

WANYONYI m Eastern African, Luhya
Means “born during the weeding season”, from Luhya enyonyi me                                              m Eastern African, Ganda
Means “first of twins” in Luganda.

WEKESA m Eastern African, Luhya
Means “born during harvest” in Luhya.

WORKNEH m Eastern African, Amharic
Means “you are gold”, from Amharic wärk meaning “gold”.

XOLANI m Southern African, Zulu
Means “peace” in Zulu.

YAKUBU m Western African, Hausa
Hausa form of YAKUB.

YAMIKANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “be grateful, praise” in Chewa.

YAO m Western African, Ewe
Means “born on Thursday” in Ewe.

YARED m Biblical Hebrew, Eastern African, Ethiopian
Hebrew form of JARED. This form is also used in Ethiopia. It was borne by a semi-legendary 6th-century Ethiopian musician who is considered a saint in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

YAW m Western African, Akan
Means “born on Thursday” in Akan.

YOHANNES m Eastern African, Amharic
Amharic form of JOHN.

ZEPHANIA m Southern African
Variant of ZEPHANIAH. This form of the name appears to be used in southern Africa.

ZIKOMO m Southern African, Chewa
Means “thank you” in Chewa.

ZUBERI m Eastern African, Swahili
Means “strong” in Swahili.

Female Names (A)

ABEBA f  Eastern African, Amharic
Means “flower” in Amharic.

ABENA f Western African, Akan
Means “born on Tuesday” in Akan.
Western African, Yoruba
Means “we asked for her, and behold, we got her” in Yoruba.

ABERASH  f Eastern African, Amharic
Possibly means “giving off light, shining” in Amharic.

ABIMBOLA m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “born wealthy” in Yoruba.

ABIODUN m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “born on a festival” in Yoruba.

ACHIENG f Eastern African, Luo
Feminine form of OCHIENG.

ADAEZE f  Western African, Igbo
Means “king’s daughter” in Igbo.

ADANNA f  Western African, Igbo
Means “father’s daughter” in Igbo.

ADANNAYA f Western African, Igbo
Means “her father’s daughter” in Igbo.

ADE m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “crown” in Yoruba, also a short form of other Yoruba names beginning with this element.

ADEBOLA m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “the crown has met wealth” in Yoruba.

ADEBOWALE m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “the crown has come home” in Yoruba.

ADEDAYO m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “the crown becomes joy” in Yoruba.

ADETOKUNBO m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “the crown came from over the sea” in Yoruba.

ADHIAMBO f Eastern African, Luo
Feminine form of ODHIAMBO.

ADJOA f Western African, Akan
Variant of ADWOA.

ADWOA f Western African, Akan
Means “born on Monday” in Akan.

AFIA f Western African, Akan
Variant of AFUA.

AFUA f Western African, Akan
Means “born on Friday” in Akan.

AISHATU f Western African, Hausa
Hausa form of AISHA.

AKACHI m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “the hand of God” in Igbo.

AKINYI f Eastern African, Luo
Means “born in the morning” in Luo.

AKOSUA f Western African, Akan
Means “born on Sunday” in Akan.

AKPOFURE m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means “life is peaceful” in Urhobo.

AKUA f Western African, Akan
Means “born on Wednesday” in Akan.

AKUCHI m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “wealth from God” in Igbo.

ALABA f Western African, Yoruba
Means  “second child after twins” in Yoruba.

ALEMAYEHU m & f Eastern African, Amharic
Means “I have seen the world” in Amharic.

ALHERI f Western African, Hausa
Means “grace” in Hausa.

ALINAFE m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “he is with us” in Chewa.

AMA f Western African, Akan
Means “born on Saturday” in Akan.

AMAHLE m & f Southern African, Zulu
Means “the beautiful ones” in Zulu.

AMAKA f  Western African, Igbo
Short form of CHIAMAKA.

AMARA f Western African, Igbo
Means “grace” in Igbo.

AMARACHI f Western African, Igbo
Means “God’s grace” in Igbo.

AMONDI f Eastern African, Luo
Feminine form of OMONDI.

ANAN m & f Western African, Akan
Means “fourth born child” in Akan.

ANDILE m & f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means “they have increased” in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.

AÑULI f Western African, Igbo
Means “joy” in Igbo.

ASHA f Eastern African, Swahili
Means “life” in Swahili, related to AISHA.

ATIENO f African, Luo
Feminine form of OTIENO.

AWITI f Eastern African, Luo
Means “thrown away” in Luo, possibly used for a child born prematurely.

AWOTWI m & f Western African, Akan
Means “eighth born child” in Akan.

AYANDA m & f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means “they are increasing” in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.

AYO f & mWestern African, Yoruba
Means “joy” in Yoruba, or a short form of names containing that element.

AYODELE m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “joy has come home” in Yoruba.

AYOMIDE f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means “my joy has arrived” in Yoruba.

AYOTUNDE m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “joy has returned” in Yoruba.

B-H

BAAKO m & f  Western African, Akan
Means “first born child” in Akan.

BABIRYE f Eastern African, Ganda
Means “first of twins” in Luganda.

BANDILE m & f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means “they have increased” in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.

BERHANE m & f Eastern African, Amharic
Means “light” in Amharic.

BOIPELO m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means “proud” in Tswana.

BOITUMELO f & m Southern African, Tswana
Means “joy” in Tswana.

BOLANLE f Western African, Yoruba
Means “finds wealth at home” in Yoruba.

BONOLO f Southern African, Sotho
Means “ease” in Sotho.

BONTU f Eastern African, Oromo
Means “proud” in Oromo.

BOSEDE f Western African, Yoruba
Means “born on Sunday” in Yoruba.

BUHLE f & m Southern African, Xhosa, Ndebele
From Xhosa and Ndebele buhle “beautiful, handsome”, from the root hle.

BUSINGE m & f Eastern African, Kiga
Means “peace” in Rukiga.

CHARLIZE f Southern African, Afrikaans
Feminine form of CHARLES using the popular Afrikaans name suffix ize. This name was popularized by South African actress Charlize Theron (1975-), who was named after her father Charles.

CHAUSIKU f Eastern African, Swahili
Means “born at night” in Swahili.

CHI m & f Mythology, Western African, Igbo
Means “god, spirtual being” in Igbo, referring to the personal spiritual guardian that each person is believed to have. Christian Igbo people use it as a name for the personal Christian god. This can also be a short form of the many Igbo names that begin with this element.

CHIAMAKA  f African, Igbo
Means “God is beautiful” in Igbo.

CHIBUEZE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God is the king” in Igbo.

CHIBUIKE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God is strength” in Igbo.

CHIBUZO m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God leads the way” in Igbo.

CHICHI f Western African, Igbo
Diminutive of Igbo names beginning with the element Chi meaning “God”.

CHIDI m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God exists” in Igbo. It is also a short form of Igbo names beginning with Chidi.

CHIDIEBERE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God is merciful” in Igbo.

CHIDIEBUBE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God is glorious” in Igbo.

CHIDIEGWU m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God is wonderful” in Igbo.

CHIDIMMA f  Western African, Igbo
Means “God is good” in Igbo.

CHIFUNDO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “mercy” in Chewa.

CHIFUNIRO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “will, wish” in Chewa.

CHIJINDUM m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God holds my life” in Igbo.

CHIKA f Western African, Igbo
Means “God is the greatest” in Igbo.

CHIKE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God’s power” in Igbo.

CHIKELU m & f Western African, Igbo
Variant of CHIKERE.

CHIKERE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God created” in Igbo.

CHIKONDI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “love” in Chewa.

CHIKUMBUTSO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “memory” in Chewa.

CHIMWALA m & f Eastern African, Yao
Means “stone” in Yao.

CHIMWEMWE m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “joy, pleasure” in Chewa.

CHINASA f & m Western African, Igbo
Means “God answers” in Igbo.

CHINEDU m &  f Western African, Igbo
Means “God leads” in Igbo.

CHINONSO m &  f Western African, Igbo
Means “God is nearby” in Igbo.

CHINWE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God owns” in Igbo. It is also a short form of Igbo names beginning with Chinwe.

CHINWEIKE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God owns power” in Igbo.

CHINWENDU m & f  Western African, Igbo
Means “God owns life” in Igbo.

CHINWEUBA m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God owns wealth” in Igbo.

CHINYELU f Western African, Igbo
Variant of CHINYERE.

CHINYERE f Western African, Igbo
Means “God gave” in Igbo.

CHIOMA f & m Western African, Igbo
Means “good God” in Igbo.

CHIPO f Southern African, Shona
Means “gift” in Shona.

CHISOMO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “grace” in Chewa.

CHIYEMBEKEZO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “hope” in Chewa.

CHIZOBA m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God protect us” in Igbo.

CHRIZANNE f Southern African, Afrikaans
Combination of CHRISTINE and ANNE (1) used in South Africa.

DADA f Western African, Yoruba
Means “curly hair” in Yoruba.

DALITSO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “blessing” in Chewa.

DAYO m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “joy  arrives” in Yoruba.

DESTA f & m Eastern African, Amharic
Means “joy” in Amharic.

DIKELEDI f Southern African, Tswana
Means “tears” in Tswana.

DUBAKU m & f Western African, Akan
Means “eleventh born child” in Akan.

EBELE f Western African, Igbo
Means “mercy, kindness” in Igbo.

EFE (2 )m & f Western African, Urhobo
Short form of EFEMENA or other names containing efe “wealth”.

EFEMENA m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means “here is my wealth” in Urhobo.

EFUA f Western African, Akan
Variant of AFUA.

EJIRO m & f Western African, Urhobo
Short form of EJIROGHENE or other names containing ejiro “praise”.

EJIROGHENE m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means “praise God” in Urhobo.

EKENE m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “praise, thanks” in Igbo.

EKENEDILICHUKWU m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “all praise to God” in Igbo.

EKUA f Western African, Akan
Variant of AKUA.

EKUNDAYO f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means “sorrow becomes joy” in Yoruba.

EMEM m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means “peace” in Ibibio.

ENIOLA f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means “person of wealth” in Yoruba.

ENITAN m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “person with a story, storied person” in Yoruba.

ENU m & f Western African, Akan
Means “fifth born child” in Akan.

ENYONAM f Western African, Ewe
Means “it is good for me” in Ewe.

ESEOGHENE m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means “God’s gift” in Urhobo.

ESHE f  Eastern African, Swahili
Variant of ASHA (2).

ESI f Western African, Akan
Means “born on Sunday” in Akan.

FAƊIMATU f Western African, Hausa
Hausa form of FATIMAH.

FARAI m & f Southern African, Shona
Means “rejoice” in Shona.

FATIMATOU f Western African, Manding, Wolof, Serer
Form of FATIMAH used in parts of western Africa.

FATSANI m & f  Southern African, Chewa
Means “be meek” in Chewa.

FOLAMI m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “respect and honour me” in Yoruba.

FUMNANYA f & m Western African, Igbo
Means “love me” in Igbo.

FUNANYA f Western African, Igbo
Means “love” in Igbo.

FUNGAI m & f Southern African, Shona
Means “think” in Shona.

FURAHA f Eastern African, Swahili
Means “joy, happiness” in Swahili.

GADISE f Eastern African, Oromo
Feminine form of GADISA.

GANIZANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “think” in Chewa.

GBEMISOLA f Western African, Yoruba
Means “carry me into wealth” in Yoruba.

GUGULETHU f Southern African, Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele
From Xhosa, Zulu and Ndebele igugu “treasure, pride” and lethu “our”.

HADIZA f Western African, Hausa
Hausa form of KHADIJA.

HAREGEWOIN f Eastern African, Amharic
Means “vine tree” in Amharic.

HIWOT f Eastern African, Amharic
From Amharic həywät meaning “life”.

HLENGIWE  f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Swazi
Means “helped, rescued, redeemed” in Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swazi.

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IDOWU m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “born after twins” in Yoruba.

IFE f Western African, Yoruba
Means “love” in Yoruba.

IFIOK m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means “wisdom” in Ibibio.

IGE f African, Yoruba
Means “born feet first” in Yoruba.

IMANI f & m Eastern African, Swahili, African American
Means “faith” in Swahili, ultimately of Arabic origin.

IME m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means “patience” in Ibibio.

INIOBONG m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means “God’s time” in Ibibio.

INYENE m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means “wealth” in Ibibio.

ITORO m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means “praise, glory” in Ibibio.

ITUMELENG m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means “joy” in Tswana.

KAGISO m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means “peace” in Tswana.

KAHINA f   Northern African, Berber
Derived from Arabic الكاهِنة (al-Kahinah) meaning “the diviner, the fortuneteller”. This was a title applied to the 7th-century Berber queen Dihya, who resisted the Arab expansion into North Africa.

KAMARIA f Eastern African, Swahili
Swahili name, likely related to QAMAR.

KATLEGO m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means “success” in Tswana.

KAYIN  m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “celebrated child” in Yoruba.

KEFILWE m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means “I was given” in Tswana.

KIDIST f Eastern African, Amharic
Means “blessed” in Amharic.

KIRABO m & f Eastern African, Ganda
Means “gift” in Luganda.

KISEMBO m & f Eastern African, Tooro
Means “gift” in Rutooro.

KONDWANI m & f Southern African, Chewa, Tumbuka
Means “be happy, rejoice” in Chewa and Tumbuka.

KONJIT f Eastern African, Amharic
Means “beautiful” in Amharic.

KUMBUKANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “remember” in Chewa.

KUNTO f Western African, Akan
Means “third child” in Akan.

LELISE f Eastern African, Oromo
Feminine form of LELISA.

LERATO f Southern African, Sotho
Means “love” in Sotho.

LESEDI f Southern African, Tswana
Means “light” in Tswana.

LIMBANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “be strong” in Chewa.

LIMBIKANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “work hard” in Chewa.

LINDIWE f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Swazi
Means “waited for, awaited” in Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swazi.

LISHAN f  Eastern African, Amharic
Means “award” in Amharic.

LULIT f Eastern African, Amharic
Means “pearl” in Amharic.

LUMUSI f Western African, Ewe
Means “born face down” in Ewe.

LUNGILE f & m Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means “correct, right, good” in Zulu and Ndebele.

MADALITSO m &  f Southern African, Chewa
Means “blessings” in Chewa.

MAKENA f & m Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means “happy one” in Kikuyu.

MANYARA f Southern African, Shona
Means “you have been humbled” in Shona.

MARIETJIE f Southern African, Afrikaans
Afrikaans diminutive of MARIA.

MARJANI f Eastern African, Swahili
Means “coral” in Swahili, originally a borrowing from Arabic.

MARYAMU f Western African, Hausa
Hausa form of MARYAM.

MASEGO f Southern African, Tswana
Means “blessings” in Tswana.

MASOZI m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means “tears” in Tumbuka.

MAVUTO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “troubles, problems” in Chewa.

MAWUNYO m & f Western African, Ewe
Means “God is good” in Ewe.

MAYAMIKO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “praise, gratitude” in Chewa.

MAYESO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “test (from God)” in Chewa.

MBALENHLE f Southern African, Zulu
From Zulu imbali “flower” and hle “beautiful”.

MBALI f Southern African, Zulu
Means “flower” in Zulu.

MCHUMBA f  Eastern African, Swahili
Means “sweetheart” in Swahili.

MEKLIT f Eastern African, Amharic
Means “gift to God” in Amharic.

METI f Eastern African, Oromo
Means “umbrella” in Oromo.

MINENHLE f & m Southern African, Zulu
From Zulu imini “day” and hle “beautiful”.

MIREMBE f Eastern African, Ganda
Means “peace” in Luganda.

MOJISOLA f Western African, Yoruba
Means “wake up to wealth” in Yoruba.

MONIFA f Western African, Yoruba
Means “I am lucky” in Yoruba.

MPHATSO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “gift” in Chewa.

MPHO m & f Southern African, Tswana, Sotho
Means “gift” in Tswana and Sotho, a derivative of fa “to offer”.

MTENDERE m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “peace” in Chewa.

MUDIWA f & m Southern African, Shona
Means “beloved” in Shona.

MUKAMI f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Possibly means “the one who milks the cows” in Kikuyu.

MUMBI f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means “she who shapes” in Kikuyu. In Kikuyu mythology Mumbi was the wife of Gikuyu and the mother of his nine daughters.

MUNASHE m & f Southern African, Shona
Means “with God” in Shona.

MUTHONI f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means “mother-in-law” in Kikuyu.

MWANAJUMA f Eastern African, Swahili
Means “born on Friday” in Swahili.

NAFULA f Eastern African, Luhya
Feminine form of WAFULA.

NAKATO  f Eastern African, Ganda
Means “second of twins” in Luganda.

NALIAKA f Eastern African, Luhya
Means “born during the weeding season”, from Luhya liliaka meaning “weeding”.

NANJALA f   Eastern African, Luhya
Feminine form of WANJALA.

NASIMIYU f Eastern African, Luhya
Feminine form of SIMIYU.

NDIDI m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “patience” in Igbo.

NEKESA f Eastern African, Luhya
Feminine form of WEKESA.

NEO  f & m Southern African, Tswana
Means “gift” in Tswana, a derivative of naya “to give”.

NGOZI f & m Western African, Igbo
Means “blessing” in Igbo.

NIA f Eastern African, Swahili
Means “purpose” in Swahili.

NJERI f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means “travelling one” in Kikuyu. Njeri (or Wanjeri) is the name of one of the nine daughters of Mumbi in the Kikuyu origin legend.

NKECHI  f Western African, Igbo
Short form of NKECHINYERE.

NKECHINYERE f Western African, Igbo
Means “what God has given” or “gift of God” in Igbo.

NKEMDILIM m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “let mine be mine” in Igbo.

NKIRU f Western African, Igbo
Short form of NKIRUKA.

NKIRUKA f Western African, Igbo
Means “the best is still to come” in Igbo.

NKOSAZANA f Southern African, Xhosa
Means “princess” in Xhosa.

NKRUMA m & f Western African, Akan
Means “ninth born child” in Akan.

NNEKA f  Western African, Igbo
Means “my mother is supreme” in Igbo.

NNENNA f Western African, Igbo
Means “father’s mother” in Igbo. This name is sometimes given to a child when it is believed that she is a reincarnation of her paternal grandmother.

NNENNE f Western African, Igbo
Means “mother’s mother” in Igbo. This name is sometimes given to a child when it is believed that she is a reincarnation of her maternal grandmother.

NOMUSA f Southern African, Ndebele
Means “merciful” in Ndebele.

NONHLE f Southern African, Xhosa
From the Xhosa feminine prefix no- combined with hle “beautiful”.

NONTLE   f Southern African, Xhosa
Variant of NONHLE.

NOSIPHO f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa
From the Zulu and Xhosa feminine prefix no- combined with isipho “gift”.

NOSIZWE f Southern African, Xhosa
From the Xhosa feminine prefix no- combined with isizwe “nation”.

NOXOLO f Southern African, Xhosa, Ndebele
From the Xhosa and Ndebele feminine prefix no- combined with uxolo “peace”.

NSIA m & f Western African, Akan
Means “sixth born child” in Akan.

NSONOWA m & f Western African, Akan
Means “seventh born child” in Akan.

NTHANDA m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means “star” in Tumbuka.

NTOMBI f Southern African, Zulu
Means “girl” in Zulu.

NTOMBIFUTHI f Southern African, Zulu
Means “a girl again” in Zulu.

NTOMBIZODWA f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means “only girls”, from Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele intombi “girl” and zodwa “only”.

NURU f Eastern African, Swahili
Means “light” in Swahili, ultimately from Arabic نور (nur).

NWANNEKA f Western African, Igbo
Means “my siblings are supreme” in Igbo.

NYAH f Eastern African, Swahili
Variant of NIA (2).

NYAMBURA f Eastern African, Kikuyu
From Kikuyu mbura meaning “rain”. This is the name of one of the nine daughters of Mumbi in the Kikuyu origin legend.

NYARAI f Southern African, Shona
Means “be humble” in Shona.

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OGECHI f Western African, Igbo
Short form of OGECHUKWUKAMA.

OGECHUKWUKAMA f  Western African, Igbo
Means “God’s time is the best” in Igbo.

OGHENEKARO m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means “God first” in Urhobo.

OGHENEKEVWE m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means “God provided for me” in Urhobo.

OGHENERO m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means “God exists” in Urhobo.

OLAMIDE m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “my wealth has arrived” in Yoruba.

OLAYINKA f Western African, Yoruba
Means “wealth surrounds me” in Yoruba.

OLUBUNMI f Western African, Yoruba
Means “gift of God” in Yoruba.

OLUCHI m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “God’s work” in Igbo.

OLUFUNKE m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “God has cared for” in Yoruba.

OLUFUNMILAYO f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means “God gave me joy” in Yoruba.

OLUFUNMILOLA f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means “God gives me wealth” in Yoruba.

OLUWAFUNMILAYO f & m Western African, Yoruba
Variant of OLUFUNMILAYO.

OLUWAKANYINSOLA m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “God has added sweetness to my wealth” in Yoruba.

OLUWASEGUN m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “God has been victorious” in Yoruba.

OLUWASEUN m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “we thank God” in Yoruba.

OLUWASEYI f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means “God made this” in Yoruba.

OLUWATOYIN m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “God is worthy to be praised” in Yoruba.

OLUWAYEMISI f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means “God honours me” in Yoruba.

OMOBOLANLE f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means “a child who met wealth at home” in Yoruba.

OMOLARA f Western African, Yoruba
Means “a child is family” in Yoruba.

ONI f Western African, Yoruba
Possibly means “born in sacred abode” in Yoruba.

ONYEKA f Western African, Igbo
Short form of ONYEKACHI.

ONYEKACHI f & m Western African, Igbo
Means “who is greater than God?” in Igbo.

ONYEKACHUKWU m & f Western African, Igbo
Variant of ONYEKACHI, using Chukwu as the last element, which is the extended form of Chi meaning “God”.

OPEYEMI m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means “I should give praise” in Yoruba.

OTOBONG m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means “from God” in Ibibio.

OYIBO m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means “white” in Urhobo.

PALESA f Southern African, Sotho
Means “flower” in Sotho.

PEMPHERO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “prayer” in Chewa.

PENJANI m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means “seek for, look for” in Tumbuka.

PILIRANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “persevere, endure” in Chewa.

PULENG f Southern African, Sotho
Means “in the rain” in Sotho.

REFILWE m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means “we were given” in Tswana.

RETHA f Southern African, Afrikaans, English
Short form of MARGARETHA.

RUDO m & f Southern African, Shona
Means “love” in Shona.

RUFARO f Southern African, Shona
Means “happiness” in Shona.

RUMBIDZAI f Southern African, Shona
Means “praise” in Shona.

RUTENDO f & m Southern African, Shona
Means “faith” in Shona.

SANAA  f Eastern African, Swahili
Means “artwork” in Swahili.

SAUDA f Eastern African, Swahili
Means “dark complexion” in Swahili.

SEBLE f Eastern African, Amharic
Means “harvest” in Amharic.

SEKAI f Southern African, Shona
Means “be humourous” in Shona.

SETHUNYA f Southern African, Tswana
Means “bloom, flower” in Tswana.

SIBONAKALISO m & f Southern African, Zulu
From Zulu isibonakaliso meaning “sign, token, proof”.

SIBONGILE f Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means “we are thankful” in Zulu and Ndebele.

SIBUSISIWE f Southern African, Ndebele
Means “we are blessed” in Ndebele.

SIMISOLA f Western African, Yoruba
Means “rest in wealth” in Yoruba.

SITHEMBILE f & m Southern African, Zulu
Means “we trust” in Zulu.

SSANYU f Eastern African, Ganda
Means “joy” in Luganda.

SUBIRA f Eastern African, Swahili
Means “patience” in Swahili.

TADALA m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “we have been blessed” in Chewa.

TAFADZWA m & f Southern African, Shona
Means “we are pleased” in Shona.

TAJEDDIGT f Northern African, Berber
Means “flower” in Tamazight.

TAKONDWA m &  f Southern African, Chewa
Means “we are glad” in Chewa.

TAMANDANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “we have exalted” in Chewa.

TAONGA f & m Southern African, Tumbuka
Means “we are thankful” in Tumbuka.

TAPIWA f Southern African, Shona
Means “given” in Shona.

TARIRO  fSouthern African, Shona
Means “hope” in Shona.

TATENDA m & f Southern African, Shona
Means “thank you” in Shona.

TEMITOPE f & m  Western African, Yoruba
Means “enough to give thanks” in Yoruba.

TENDAI m & f Southern African, Shona
Means “be thankful” in Shona.

THANDEKA f Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means “loved” in Zulu and Ndebele.

THANDI f Southern African, Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele
Short form of THANDIWE.

THANDIWE f Southern African, Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele
Means “loving one” in Xhosa, Zulu and Ndebele, from thanda “to love”.

THANDO m &  f Southern African, Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele
From Xhosa, Zulu and Ndebele thanda meaning “to love”.

THEMA f  Western African, Akan
Means “queen” in Akan.

THOKO m & f Southern African, Chewa
Short form of THOKOZANI.

THOKOZANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “thank” in Chewa.

THULILE f Southern African, Zulu
Means “quiet, peaceful” in Zulu.

TIDIR f Northern African, Berber
Feminine form of IDIR.

TIFAWT f Northern African, Berber
Means “light” in Tamazight.

TINASHE m &  f Southern African, Shona
Means “we are with God”, from Shona ti “we”, na “with”, and ishe “lord, God”.

TIONGE f & m Southern African, Tumbuka
Means “let us be thankful” in Tumbuka.

TITILAYO f Western African, Yoruba
Means “eternal happiness” in Yoruba.

TITRIT f Northern African, Berber
Feminine form of ITRI.

TIYAMIKE m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “we praise” in Chewa.

TSHOLOFELO  f Southern African, Tswana
Means “hope, expectation” in Tswana.

TUMELO m & f Southern African, Sotho, Tswana
Means “faith” in Sotho and Tswana.

UDO  f & m Western African, Igbo
Means “peace” in Igbo.

UDUAK m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means “will, desire” in Ibibio.

UDUAKOBONG m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means “God’s will” in Ibibio.

UFUOMA m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means “peace of mind” in Urhobo.

UNATHI m & f Southern African, Xhosa
Means “he or she is with us” in Xhosa, from the prefix u- meaning “he, she” and nathi meaning “with us”.

UZOMA m & f Western African, Igbo
Means “good way” in Igbo.

WAIRIMU f Eastern African, Kikuyu
From Kikuyu irimu meaning “ogre, giant”. In the Kikuyu origin legend Wairimu is of one of the nine daughters of Mumbi.

WAMBUI f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means “zebra” in Kikuyu. This is one of Mumbi’s nine daughters in the Kikuyu origin legend.

WANANGWA m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means “freedom” in Tumbuka.

WANGARI f Eastern African, Kikuyu
From Kikuyu ngarĩ meaning “leopard”. In the Kikuyu origin legend this is the name of one of the nine daughters of Mumbi.

WANGUI   f Eastern African, Kikuyu
From Kikuyu ngũi meaning “song leader”. This is one of Mumbi’s nine daughters in the Kikuyu origin legend.

WANJIKU f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Meaning unknown. This is one of Mumbi’s nine daughters in the Kikuyu origin legend.

WANJIRU f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Possibly from Kikuyu njĩra meaning “way, path”. In the Kikuyu origin legend this is the name of one of the nine daughters of Mumbi.

WERKNESH f  Eastern African, Amharic
Variant transcription of WORKNESH.

WORKNESH f  Eastern African, Amharic
Feminine form of WORKNEH.

YAA f Western African, Akan
Means “born on Thursday” in Akan.

YAMIKANI m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means “be grateful, praise” in Chewa.

YEJIDE f Western African, Yoruba
Means “image of the mother” in Yoruba.

YETUNDE f Western African, Yoruba
Means “mother has returned” in Yoruba.

YEWANDE f Western African, Yoruba
Means “mother has returned” in Yoruba.

YEWUBDAR f Eastern African, Amharic
Means “beautiful beyond limits” from Amharic wub “beautiful” and dar “limit, horizon, frontier”.

ZODWA f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Short form of NTOMBIZODWA.

ZOLA f Southern African, Zulu
Means “quiet, tranquil” in Zulu.

ZURI f Eastern African, Swahili
Means “beautiful” in Swahili.

 

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African most Passion-Driven Social Entrepreneur

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Allow us present to you the African most Passion-Driven Social Entrepreneur. Iamafropreneur team with intense focus on her gathered the most in a unique interview with Mrs Fotabe Elmine. Our goal is to have you motivated, encourage and intensify you taste and hunger towards influencing and impacting the lives of the African communities through your entrepreneurial skills.

Who is Fotabe Elmine, how did you start your career, what kind of education did you have ?

Fotabe Elmine is a passion-driven Social Entrepreneur, lecturer and corporate trainer who believes that young people and women with the right training are the future of the African continent. Elmine was born in Kumba, South West Region of Cameroon, where she grew up and attended most of her primary and secondary school. Elmine’s father was a businesses man, and her mother a civil servant/Politician.

Elmine began her professional career as a teacher of Entrepreneurship in 2008 and has since then taught over 5000 students, courses like Human Resource Management, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Business Leadership, Personal Branding and more. She has also trained hundreds of corporate employees all over the country. In 2009, she founded Job Shop, a human resource consulting and placement agency.

In 2011, Job Shop became a partnership and grew to serve clients, not only in Human Resources Management, but also in Finance. The firm expanded that same year and the partners created a Higher Institute of Learning. When the vision of the Organization began derailing from her initial vision, Elmine took the bold step of leaving an organization she created and worked hard to nurture for six years! A few months later, in December 2014, Elmine founded Fotabe University College, which later became Fotabe Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy. In 2015, she founded an association called “Association for the promotion of decent work for women and girls (ASSPRODEC).” That same year, she founded and Fotabe Universal Higher Institute of Cameroon. In 2016, Elmine founded a web platform to enable young people from all over the country have access to FREE examination preparation lessons and materials. Fotabe Elmine holds two Masters Degrees. One in Human Resource Management and another in Marketing and Communication from Rome Business School. She also holds an Associate degree in Business Administration, and honours group Diploma in Mnagement
and Administration, a Certificate in Psychology and Mental health, and is currently undertaking and MBA in Finance. This Mbo native from the Kupe Muanenguba Division of the South West Region of Cameroon spends her free time talking to neighbours about he kingdom of God.

You are one of the most outstanding women in Cameroon with different portfolio what is your secret?

My secret is my appreciation for the creator’s gift of intelligence, my passion for the things I believe in, and my desire to work hard in order to bring out the best in others. I am very convinced that Cameroon has the potentials, not only in terms of natural resources, but most especially in terms of Human capital, to emerge.

3- What are your challenges and successes?

Well, the greatest challenge I deal with is not having the financial means to touch all the lives I’d love to touch. Besides the financial constraint, I am also seriously challenged by the mentality of the young people and the families I try to support. Many of them plainly do not believe an individual like myself can bring any meaningful and lasting contribution to their existence. They trust the government to do it. However, staying consistent to our mission is gradually changing their mindset of many. I’ve had many successes I’m thankful for. Top amongst them is the fact that I’ve been able to share my passion, knowledge and experience with thousands of young people and corporate entrepreneurs. I’m happy to
have helped small businesses to grow and thrive. Even though the current crisis in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon have slowed down our work, I’m particularly happy I led the initiative called “Kansas Hill” aimed at making Bamenda the most Socially Responsible city in the Country.
We provided a FREE internet-equipped space for young people to enable them develop their knowledge and passion in social Entrepreneurship. I’m also happy to have helped women and young people discover their full potential. But most especially, I’m thankful I am lending my little contribution to encourage women and girls to take back their dignity by raising my voice against illegal migration to some Middle Eastern countries and to other countries in the world where women’s rights are not respected.

You are the initiator and organiser of FELA’s Entrepreneurial leadership forum, what are your objectives?

Simply to inspire and train young people to become entrepreneurs and leaders in their communities. I believe that Africa needs to focus on raising more entrepreneurial leaders.


With the Iamafropreneur team

I want every young person who attends the forum to understand that and to put it into
use. And so far, the almost 400 youths who have passed through the forum are creating
great impact in their communities.

What advice do you have for our readers and the young girls who want to follow your path?

My advice to young girls: “You have enormous potentials. Work hard, do what you’re
passionate about. Keep your dignity and do not be afraid to stand up for what is right. And
remember the most successful woman is the woman who helps other women to be successful.”
To young people all around the country, be responsible, law abiding and daring. We have a country to build. If not us, who? If not now, when?

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