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Kokofu


Heterographs Kokofu (1962, GD, 2012) Allonyms



GPN id
Map Sq. MapLinks District 
  1571
  D5 IM     WM Bekwai Municipal District
Lon / °Lat / ° Elev / m
Location
  -1.534   6.502   227



MeaningOrigin
Indig. Lang.Source Lang.
Akan Akan
afuo, afuw = plantation, cultivated land, farm, weeds
1. Kokoo = personal name: Kokoo's Garden
2. koko = cocoyam: Cocoyam Farm
3. koko = hill; fo = people: People of the Hill
4. koko = red: Red and Weedy
JGC gives 'weeds' only for the Fante dialect.
1. The account of the exiled Asantehene Agyeman Prempeh in the Seychelles is given in HAK: p.90, "When Kobia Anguanfi came to the throne, he said that Assumya .. was not a convenient place for him to dwell with his families so he sent his hunter to seek for a place so that they may dwell there. This hunter in searching for a place, found a gardiner by name Kokor who had made a large garden or Affuo (the Ashanti name for a garden). So this hunter returned and told the King and so the king used to make a promenade to the garden of Mr. Kokor. When they were accustomed of the place, the king said to his families that he will go and make a dwelling at Kokor Affuo, i.e. the garden of Kokor, so they all went and dwell there. When they had settled there, they at first called the place A Kokor Affuo, and afterwards the place came to be called Kokofu."
2. URL: "the name Kokofu originated from 'koo-ko afuom' meaning soft cocoyam farm"
3. Ellis gives; "Koko-fu probably means People of the Hill (Koko), there being a well-marked range of hills in the Kokofu District." However Ellis's etym. is not always reliable.
4. R.S.Rattray: "The first person of the Oyoko clan to come from the ground at 'Santemanso was Ankyewa Nyame. She .. had a daughter, Pinamin Panyin. .. When the Oyoko people first came from Omanso to settle at the place now called Kokofu, they found a certain hunter, by name Odabo, and his mother, Aberewa Pofi, in possession of the land. Pinamin Panyin requested permission to settle there and make a farm. She found, on trying to do so, that the weeds sprang up very quickly, and also that the soil was very red; hence she called the place Kokofu (red and weedy)." ("Ashanti Law and Constitution", p.198)



  Sources
Document Adu Boahen, A, et al. (eds.), "'The History of Ashanti Kings and the whole country itself' and Other Writings by Otumfuo Nana Agyeman Prempeh I", OUP, 2003
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