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  • Abena

    (Tuesday)

  • Adama

    (beautiful child or queenly, Ibo people of Nigeria)

  • Adisa

  • Ahmed

  • Aina

  • Aisha

  • Aja

    (forest goddess, Yoruba people of Nigeria)

  • Akello

    (I have brought or bring forth, Alur people of Uganda)

  • Akilah

  • Akosua

  • Ala

    (goddess of fertility, Igbo people of Nigeria)

  • Ali

  • Ama

    (Saturday)

  • Amadi

  • Amadou

  • Amandla

    (powerful woman; brave and strong)

  • Amara

  • Amarachi

  • Amina

  • Aminah

  • Aminata

  • Amma

    (Saturday) (creator goddess - Dogon people of Burkina Faso and Mali)

  • Anelisa

  • Asante

  • Ashanti

  • Ayana

  • Ayo

  • Aziza

  • Azizi

  • Aba

  • Abeje

  • Abeo

  • Adaeze

  • Adamma

  • Adanna

  • Addae

  • Adeben

  • Adeleka

  • Adelola

  • Adesina

  • Adesola

  • Adia

  • Adika

  • Adisa

  • Adom

  • Aduor

    (midnight)

  • Afiya

  • Afryea

  • Ahmadu

  • Aissa

  • Akan

  • Akia

    (African - First Born; also a variant form of name Kia which means difficult and Greek - pure)

  • Akins

  • Akono

  • Akua

  • Alkebu

    Alkebulan

  • Aluna

  • Amahle

  • Ameyo

  • Aminatu

    (Queen Aminatu)

  • Amondi

    (born at dawn)

  • Anuli

  • Asis

    (sun god, Kipsigis and Nandi peoples of Kenya)

  • Aten

  • Ayanda

  • Ayize

  • Ayodele

    (joy has come home, unisex name for a baby whose birth brought happiness to their Yoruba parents in Nigeria)

  • Ayuba

  • Bayo

  • Baako

  • Badru

  • Bahati

  • Bakari

  • Baruti

  • Cleopatra

  • Chege

    (Kikuyu people of Kenya)

  • Cheikh

  • Chekura

  • Chenzira

  • Chike

  • Cleotha

  • Cudjo

  • Dalila

  • Dalili

  • Dayo

  • Diallo

  • Dakarai

  • Damasa

  • Danso

    (reliable, Ashanti people of Ghana)

  • Daura

  • Dela

  • Djamel

  • Ebo

  • Efia

  • Eshe

  • Evian

    (12th century king, Benin Empire - Nigeria, West Africa)

  • Ekua

    (Wednesday)

  • Enomwoyi

  • Esasa

  • Esi

  • Esigie

  • Esinam

    (God heard me, Ewe people of Ghana)

  • Ethulo

  • Faizah

  • Fayola

  • Faraji

  • Faro

    (creator goddess, Bambara people of Mali)

  • Gamba

  • Godern

  • Gowon

  • Gugu

  • Gwandoya

  • Gyasi

  • Harun

  • Hasani

  • Hashim

  • Hawa

  • Hamadi

  • Harith

  • Hondo

  • Ibrahim

  • Idi

  • Ife

  • Issa

  • Itoro

  • Izara

  • Idia

  • Ifetayo

  • Igala

  • Iminathi

  • Ipyana

  • Iverem

  • Izegbe

  • Izula

  • Jamal

  • Jamar

  • Jamila

  • Jojo

  • Jahi

  • Jaja

  • Japera

  • Jendayi

  • Jevonte

  • Juma

  • Jumoke

  • Kamaria

  • Kano

  • Kato

  • Kehinde

  • Kehinde

  • Khalid

  • Kofi

  • Kojo

  • Kwame

    (Saturday)

  • Kamau

  • Kamba

  • Kamba

  • Karama

  • Kasiya

  • Katsina

  • Kayode

  • Kemet

  • Kendis

  • Kengne

  • Kesi

  • Khaldun

  • Khart

  • Kheira

  • Khule

  • Kisra

  • Kitaka

    (earth goddess, Baganda people of Uganda)

  • Kitwana

  • Kizza

  • Kodwo

  • Kokumo

  • Kondo

  • Kontar

  • Kulwa

  • Kungawo

    (it is through him)

  • Kwayera

  • Kyrone

  • Liyana

  • Lulu

  • Lebna

  • Lindiwe

    (long we have waited)

  • Lisimba

  • Lumusi

  • Lutalo

  • Makeda

    (Makeda, Queen of Axum)

  • Makena

    (the happy one, Kikuyu people of Kenya)

  • Marka

  • Musa

  • Mykelti

  • Madu

  • Majaji

    (goddess of rain, Lovedu people of South Africa)

  • Makada

  • Makemba

  • Malawa

  • Malawi

  • Mandala

  • Mandisa

  • Masamba

  • Mashika

  • Mawiyah

  • Mawuli

  • Mazi

  • Mbali

  • Mekell

    (who is like God)

  • Mekelle

  • Menelik

  • Mensah

  • Menzi

  • Meryre

  • Mhina

  • Minenhle

  • Monifa

  • Morowa

  • Mosi

  • Mwamba

  • Nailah

  • Najja

  • Nassor

  • Nayo

  • Neema

  • Nia

  • Nandi

    (Queen Nandi)

  • Nehanda

  • Nhamo

  • Nikatau

  • Nkwa

    (creator goddess, Fang people of Gabon)

  • Nneka

  • Nsia

  • Odion

  • Ogun

    (god of iron, Yoruba people of Nigeria)

  • Okello

  • Omorose

  • Oba

    (Oba means ruler in the Yoruba and Bini languages of West Africa)

  • Obasi

  • Obike

  • Ojore

  • Olaniyi

  • Oluwa

  • Omondi

    (dawn)

  • Oni

  • Orisha

  • Oseye

  • Oya

    (goddess of Niger River, Yoruba people of Nigeria)

  • Ozolua

  • Quame

  • Rafiki

  • Raziya

  • Rudo

  • Ramila

  • Rufaro

  • Sabah

  • Safiya

  • Saidah

  • Salim

  • Salma

  • Shango

    (god of thunder and lightning, Yoruba people of Nigeria)

  • Shani

  • Sheba

    (Queen of Sheba-Makeda)

  • Simba

  • Sulaiman

  • Suleiman

  • Samkelo

  • Sauda

  • Sharifa

  • Shukura

  • Sigele

  • Sipho

  • Ssehura

  • Suma

  • Tabia

  • Tau

  • Taye

  • Thandie

  • Thandiwe

  • Thema

  • Tore

    (supreme god, Mbuti and Efe people of Democratic Republic of the Congo)

  • Tahir

  • Taliba

  • Tehenu

  • Teleza

  • Thabani

  • Thabisa

  • Thandiwe

  • Thando

  • Thato

  • Themba

  • Thobeka

  • Thula

  • Thulani

  • Thulile

  • Twa

  • Wasswa

  • Xetsa

    (one of a pair of female twins, Ewe people of Ghana)

  • Yazid

  • Yonas

  • Yemaja

    (goddess of Ogun River, Yoruba people of Nigeria)

  • Zahara

  • Zahra

  • Zahur

  • Zaire

  • Zari

  • Zaria

  • Zella

  • Zesiro

  • Ziyad

  • Zuwena

  • Zakiya

  • Zama

  • Zanahary

    (supreme god, Betsileo people of Madagascar)

  • Zanele

  • Zawadi

  • Zuberi