Meaning behind some Ga place names

The people of Mataheko when they moved there often visited their relatives in Accra since the distance between the two places wasnt far, but then with the constant visits they became tired and said ‘Mata heko’ meaning I will ‘sit somewhere’.

This is a place of respite for rural Ga dwellers of the foothills of the Akwapim ridge who came to trade with their coastal kingsfolk. Any stranger whose name was mentioned there never got back, they died in a matter of days. The antidote therefore was not to mention a person’s name there. The rural dwellers referred to the place as where “you don’t mention a person’s name” – ‘A chii m) ta’ in Ga

The Gas would go to Adabraka to meet the Hausa traders there and tbuy from them. So the word Adabraka is an Hausa word which means “womli” as they wanted some bonus on their purchase and that is how Adabraka became the name of that place.

Those who moved to Alajo would regularly set a fire which they would sing and dance around all night. The song they would sing, would say ”mele ni yaa eeii damoshi ma shebo” in wait for their King. So Alajo is
“Ala ni ajo” – “sing and dance”.

There are some Gas who would move to Adabraka to settle after having some problems in their home land. This created a problem for the Hausa’s as the Ga’s had power over the land. So King Taki Tawiah gave the Hausas Nima which means Nii maan or Nii’s land. The king gave this to the Hausa’s and till this day, it is their home.

The place is Mampobi because a small section of the Mampong river flowed through the are, so its almost like saying the child of Mampong river flows through the area.

Tema simply means “tor man” or land of ‘Gourd’. The people were very well known for making the gourd which is the calabash fruit shaped like a big bottle.


Nunma ‘meaning fresh water’ They were Ga setters in Ghana, followed by the Ga-Mashie people two years later.


Meaning ‘Under the stone’. In 2012 teshie celebrated 300 years since they migrated from La to their present location.


Atta Lantei breaks down the meaning of some of these place names

By Naa Adjeley Gbɔjɔɔ