Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams has said it is â€œfoolishnessâ€ for any parent to name their child Owuo, which means death in the Akan language of Ghana.
Preaching on the theme: â€˜It is well â€“ keys to overcoming the adversary through activating the word of Godâ€™ on Sunday, 1 May 2022, the founder of Action Chapel International said parents must be careful the names they give to their children since the meanings and spirituality associated with those names follow the bearers.
â€œGod said, â€˜Iâ€™m going to change the name of Abram to Abraham â€“ father of many nations â€“ and as you keep hearing: â€˜Father of many nations, father of many nationsâ€™, youâ€™ll eventually become a father of many nations. That is the way God operatesâ€, he preached, warning: â€œThatâ€™s why you have to be very careful of even the names you give to your kidsâ€.
Using his family as an example to teach the congregation, Archbishop Duncan-Williams said: â€œI found out many years ago that I had to do something about some of the names of my kidsâ€.
â€œI was trying to respect and honour certain personalities in my family, so, I gave them some namesâ€, he said, adding, however: â€œAs time went on and I began to investigate the meaning of the names and I saw certain things that I was struggling with in their lives, I realised that I was recalling and reinforcing past situationsâ€.
â€œI was enforcing a spirit and a curse and an influenceâ€, he explained, adding: â€œI was recalling shadows of people who had existed in the pastâ€.
â€œI was bringing back their shadows any time I mentioned their names and I had to disengage and discontinue some things in prayerâ€, he said.
â€œItâ€™s not easy. So, it can be very complicated but you have to be very careful [about] the names you give to your kids and you have to also mind the meaning of your name, for Abigail said, â€˜His name means a foolâ€™ and so is heâ€.
â€œThe Bible says, â€˜A child is known by his nameâ€™. What is your name and what meaneth your name? Do you know the meaning of your name because any time you are called by that name, you are invoking something, you are recalling something, youâ€™re enforcing something; so, you must knowâ€, Archbishop Duncan-Williams advised.
â€œDonâ€™t just take things for granted. We take too many things for granted â€“ the children of light, but we act like children of darkness. It looks like even the children of darkness are better in (sic) understanding than you and [me]. â€˜They are wiserâ€™, Jesus said, â€˜in their generation than us, the children of lightâ€™. Youâ€™ve got to find out the meaning of that nameâ€.
He said: â€œOne thing I like about the Nigerians is [that] they donâ€™t just give names. If you check the meaning of their names, every one of them means something good. So, you have to watch namesâ€.
In Ghana, he observed: â€œIâ€™ve heard people called â€˜Owuoâ€™ â€“ Death. Death doesnâ€™t need permission to take you, itâ€™s already looking for you, so, why are you calling death? Why do you call your child â€˜Owuoâ€™? Why? Itâ€™s foolishness but itâ€™s also ignorance. Today, let your name be changedâ€.