Authenticity Is Our Hallmark

I am interested in knowing what each of the names mean, because names have influence in our behavior and who we are and who we will become.

Jobs For many days I have been pondering over the look of the heart of Alan Kyerematen. This morning as I was planning what to put on paper, an elder I respect from a very good Pentecostal Church sent me a message, the reason this message is important to me is because it served, perhaps, as a sign that this article needs to be written today.  Let me take the liberty to share it with you. The message reads:


 I do not do politics but I like this; I pray for God’s help to succeed accordingly.

Mr. Alan Cash has been someone whom I have admired for a long time among political leaders in Ghana; Presidents Kwame Nkrumah, Rawlings, and Attah Mills – and of course Alan Cash for presidency. In fact, I was disappointed when his party did not choose and elect him to lead.

However I pray God helps him. God bless you

Reading this message gave me a sign that, it is time to awake my lazy pen. I am the kind of writer who likes to state facts as they are and go straight to the point, but I am tempted to give you some of the things that have happened even as I write this article. As soon as I wrote the title down, I received a call that my animals in the farm are dying of hunger because the farm manger’s wife is sick and on admission, and the wife’s twin brother is dead. My only car is with the mechanic and so I am unable to run to the farm and I need a pickup to send the animals’ feed as soon as possible. Why am I boring you with this? I do so because I want you to appreciate the fact that I am not writing this piece out of the comfort of my home and with a personal piece of mind, but rather, it is coming at a time when I am in a quagmire, entangled with a mirage of issues which has made me sad, but Alan Kyerematen, the man I am writing about has shown practically that he does not allow happenings around him, emotions and feelings to crowd his judgment. I am trying hard to learn this trait by writing this piece in such a time.

KYEREMATEN: Recently, I shared an audio with my friends on a conversation I had with an old man about the name Kyerematen. According to the man, the name Kyerematen or Kyeremateng (as some may spell it) comes from two Akan words Ɔkyerɛma which means a drummer and ‘Tenten’ or ‘ten’ which means tall. So the name Kyerɛmaten means the tall drummer. In word formation processes there is something called “Blending”. It means joining two separate words into a single form. Blending process is the way of creating new word with combining two separate forms of words to produce a single new term. Typically, blending process is accomplished by taking only the beginning of one word and joining it to the end of the other word. For example the term brunch for breakfast and lunch and the term modem for modulator and demodulator (Rahayu, P., 2014). In Asante Twi, we have a similar word like Abɛ tenten, which is called Bɛten; meaning tall Palm tree. In short Kyerematen means a tall drummer.

It is appropriate to note that the tall drummer (if skilled), is the one who normally plays the tallest drum and the taller the drum the louder and sweeter the sound. So even among drummers the tall one who is skilled is an exceptional person who plays a drum that you will love to behold.

In this light, if all leaders of Ghana (past and present) were drumming the story of the land, Kyerematen will play the drum in a way and manner as has never been, his drum will have the loudest sweet sound and Ghana will obviously be at its best in his able hands.

Now let us take a look at some of the other names which this hero is publicly known for:

ALAN: Alan as a boy’s name is pronounced AL-an which means precious or little rock. The name features prominently in French, Scottish, English, and German traditions respectively. Alan is also the 477th most common first name at a global level held by 1,523,382 people (forebears, 14). The origins of the name remain uncertain. The first references to the name is found in early Breton ballads. Here the name occurs in the form ‘Alamn’. The name soon standardized to Alan in Old Breton and Alain in Old French, though it remained a Breton name. Its popularity increased as a result of one Alan, Bishop of Quimper, a Welsh-Breton, whose holy life led him to become the first St Alan. It is perhaps from the example of St Alan that it was said in those days that the name Alan meant ‘harmony’, it is therefore not surprising that Alan Kyerematen would sacrifice his own ambition to ensure harmony in the NPP and in Ghana when he refused to go for a second round at Legon in 2007. Undoubtedly his name has an effect on his thinking. In a recent interview, Alan Kyerematen opined that his decision was impulsive, there was no meeting to convince him, no lobbying to ask him to step down nor were there offers made to cajole him, but out of his own nature he loves to see peace and harmony. 

John: John is an ever-popular name. It’s a familiar, but very traditional name with biblical origins. The name John is derived from the Hebrew Yohanan, meaning “graced by God.” John has an equivalent in virtually every known language. These include: Gianni or Giovanni (Italian), Hans (Danish), Ivan (Russian), Jan (Dutch), Janek (Polish), Jean (French), Johann (German), Juan (Spanish). Among the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ, John was one the Messiah loved the most. He was indestructible. Even though the Bible does not expressly state how he died, some say the haters of early Christianity tried to boil John the disciple in oil but he neither died nor even burn and so they threw him in the Island of Patmos where he received the book of Revelation. The lesson I learn from this great name is that even when you seek to destroy, or even isolate him, God will still find a way to commune with him and no wonder John gave us the Book of Revelation which is packed with so much for sound Biblical eschatological lessons.

Kwadwo: In Akan Tradition, Kwadwo or Akoto who’s appellate is Okoto is a male born on Monday. They like peace and will avoid trouble at all cost. Their appellation means “Peaceful”. It is the soul name given to Monday born male (Kra da, or ɔkra da, meaning the day of your soul), which refers to your day of birth, because the Akans believe, just as expounded in the Bible that, a human being is living soul, so when you are born they say a soul is born.  Obviously, the peaceful nature of the man Alan Kyerematen is embedded in his name, his heart is undoubtedly soaked in peace. Not only is his name Alan which we early read that it means harmony, perhaps you would say that name was given by man. However, having been born on Monday, the Akan compulsory name which is imposed on him is Kwadwo and it means a peaceful person from the word (dwo). Alan’s demeanor is always admirable and it is pleasing to know that such is not a fake attitude in search of power, but it is something that is embossed in his name’s DNA.

I am interested in knowing what each of the names mean, because names have influence in our behavior and who we are and who we will become. Therefore, we do not want to know about a person without wanting to know what message his name carries across. In this brief journey of time to take a look at the heart of Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen, using his name as a lens has offered us an opportunity to look deep inside the man and understand how the blend of nature and nurture plays in his name to produce the impeccable character of a hero that he is. This write-up among other things has made it clear, that Alan is not a pretender but that his true character, which is embossed in his name is what he is living. I would therefore be comfortable at this juncture to recommend such an impeccable character to all Ghanaians, that whenever we get an opportunity to ask him to lead us, we should be happy so to do, because aside his economic, legal, trade and social prowess, he is also a living epitome of a beautiful soul, with a beautiful heart and a zeal to serve.

Thank you for making time to read 

By Prince David Orchill

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