Friday, May 27, 2011

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  1. Tiza - Upper West Region. Tiza is a small village halfway between Lawra and Jirapa. The name is derived from two Dagaare words - Te, meaning We, and zaa, meaning all. The story, which I was told a long time ago, is that a group of people looking for a place to settle decided that the area was acceptable to "all of us", "te zaa" in Dagaare.

  2. I am trying to locate these places in Ghana Eastern Region, they are I understand to be fairly closely related settlements, for which no amount of online word or map search seems to show any results:

    1. Osuruwasi (alternative spellings Osuruasi or Osuruase) and
    2. Osuwasi (alternative spelling Osuwase)

    1. The closest toponym I have to those in your enquiry is Osorase, which is indeed in the Eastern Region just south of Akim Oda, as shown here:

      It is possible that the two place names you mention both come from a single source, as it is not uncommon to find twin names for neighbouring settlements in Ghana, often identified as - No.1 & - No.2.

  3. I read the page on the Agotimes which stated their links to the Nuer. I would like to know of the source.

    Thank you

  4. There is a reference at the bottom of the page (, namely Gati, NK, "The Dynamics of Communal Conflicts in Ghana's Local Government System", Thesis, Tromsø Univ., 2006-8. This work can be found at

  5. Is anyone familiar with Ododu St. in Agona Nsaba, and it's approximate location? I am trying to refer a Realtor to my friend's property, but the Realtor cannot not locate that street. My friend said that it is in a new site, but that is not helping the Realtor find it... We appreciate anyone's help.

  6. Sorry I can't help you on that. None of the available maps has street-level information for Nsaba. You really need someone with local knowledge. Try Ghana Community Online at They may have a member who can help.

  7. The literal meaning of the town Abrafo Odumase is not correct.
    It is true that Odumase is the same as Odumasi as well as Barman but Abrafo can never been equated to Berman or Odumase. The word Barman came from the Akan word "Bamasefo" meaning descendents of royals. This gave rise to the name Barman i.e. community of the royals. In actual fact these royals first settled under an Odum tree. So they name the place Odumase. But because they were royals their community known as Odumase also assumed another name Barman community of the royals. The Odumasi is the same as Odumase the last 'e" of the latter has been replaced with "i" depending on the writer. Abrafo truly means executioners. They are protectors of the royals who settlled at Odumase. But because the Odumase people were royals they did not stay together with the executioners, their protectors but rather the latter stayed few kilometres away from the former. The place where the executioners, the protectors of royals, stayed was called Abrafo, place of executioners. Later the Odumase people move forward towards the south and invited the executioners to move closer to the royals, the Odumase people. So the Abrafo people moved closer towards the north leaving a rivulet as boundary between the two communities. The merge of the two communities gave rise to the current name Abrafo Odumase litterally town of people who settled under odum tree with executioners leaving close.
    By Justice Okyere, Lecturer Wa Polytechnic, Citizen of Odumase, Currently PH.D student University of Cape Coast

  8. Justice, Many thanks for this detailed information. I have updated GPN accordingly. There are now 2 separate records for Abrafo & Odumase Baman (links on Let me know via if all is OK now. - John