African Names

African names are used in various places on the continent of Africa. See also about African names.
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Ifiok m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means "wisdom" in Ibibio.
Ifunanya f Western African, Igbo
Means "love" in Igbo (literally "to see in one's eye").
Ige f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "born feet first" in Yoruba.
Ijeoma f Western African, Igbo
Means "good journey" in Igbo.
Ikechukwu m Western African, Igbo
Means "power of God" in Igbo.
Ikenna m Western African, Igbo
Means "power of the father" in Igbo.
Imamu m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "spiritual leader" in Swahili, ultimately from Arabic إمام (imam).
Imani f & m Eastern African, Swahili, African American
Means "faith" in Swahili, ultimately of Arabic origin.
Ime 1 m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means "patience" in Ibibio.
Iniobong m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means "God's time" in Ibibio.
Inyene m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means "wealth" in Ibibio.
Isingoma m Eastern African, Ganda
Means "first of twins" in Luganda.
Issouf m Western African
Form of Yusuf used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Issoufou m Western African
Form of Yusuf used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Itai 2 m & f Southern African, Shona
From Shona ita meaning "do, act, perform".
Itoro m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means "praise, glory" in Ibibio.
Itri m Northern African, Berber
Means "star" in Tamazight.
Itumeleng m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "be happy" in Tswana, from itumela meaning "to be happy".
Iyabo f Western African, Yoruba
Means "mother has returned" in Yoruba.
Izem m Northern African, Berber
Means "lion" in Tamazight.
Jamila f Arabic, Urdu, Western African, Hausa
Alternate transcription of Arabic جميلة (see Jamilah), as well as the usual Urdu and Hausa form.
Janeth f Spanish (Latin American), Eastern African
Variant of Janet, currently in use in South America and eastern Africa.
Jatau m Western African, Hausa
Means "fair-coloured, light" in Hausa.
Jengo m Eastern African (Rare), Swahili (Rare)
Means "building" in Swahili.
Juma m Arabic, Pashto, Eastern African, Swahili
Means "Friday" or "week" in Arabic.
Jumanne m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "Tuesday" in Swahili.
Jummai f Western African, Hausa
From Hausa Jumma'a meaning "Friday" (of Arabic origin).
Kabelo m Southern African, Sotho, Tswana
Means "allotment, share, gift" in Sotho and Tswana.
Kadiatou f Western African
Form of Khadija used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Kagiso m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "peace" in Tswana.
Kahina f Northern African, Berber
Derived from Arabic الكاهِنة (al-Kahinah) meaning "the diviner, the fortuneteller". This was a title applied to the 7th-century Berber queen Dihya, who resisted the Arab expansion into North Africa.
Kamaria f Eastern African, Comorian
From Arabic qamar meaning "moon", also the root of the name of the island country of the Comoros.
Kamau m Eastern African, Kikuyu
Possibly means "quiet warrior" in Kikuyu.
Karabo m & f Southern African, Sotho, Tswana
Means "answer" in Sotho and Tswana.
Kariuki m Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "reincarnated one" in Kikuyu.
Katlego m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "success, prosperity" in Tswana.
Katleho m & f Southern African, Sotho
Means "success, prosperity" in Sotho.
Kato m Eastern African, Ganda
Means "second of twins" in Luganda.
Kayin 1 m & f Western African (Rare), Yoruba (Rare)
Means "celebrate" in Yoruba.
Kayode m Western African, Yoruba
Means "bringing joy" in Yoruba.
Kefilwe m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "I was given" in Tswana, derived from filwe "given".
Kehinde m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "comes last" in Yoruba. It is typically given to the second of twins.
Kelebogile f & m Southern African, Tswana
Means "I am thankful" in Tswana, derived from leboga "to be thankful, to thank".
Kelechi m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "thank God" in Igbo.
Kgosi m Southern African, Tswana
Means "king, chief" in Tswana.
Khumbo m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "wish" in Chewa.
Kibwe m Central African, Kongo
Meaning unknown.
Kidist f Eastern African, Amharic
Means "blessed" in Amharic.
Kirabo m & f Eastern African, Ganda
Means "gift" in Luganda.
Kisembo m & f Eastern African, Tooro
Means "gift" in Rutooro.
Koffi m Western African, Ewe
Ewe form of Kofi.
Kofi m Western African, Akan
Means "born on Friday" in Akan.
Komi m Western African, Ewe
Ewe form of Kwame.
Kondwani m Southern African, Chewa, Tumbuka
Means "be happy, rejoice" in Chewa and Tumbuka.
Konjit f Eastern African, Amharic
From Amharic ቆንጆ (qonjo) meaning "beautiful".
Kumbukani m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "remember" in Chewa.
Kunto f Western African, Akan
Means "third child" in Akan.
Kwabena m Western African, Akan
Means "born on Tuesday" in Akan.
Kwadwo m Western African, Akan
Means "born on Monday" in Akan.
Kwaku m Western African, Akan
Means "born on Wednesday" in Akan.
Kwame m Western African, Akan
Means "born on Saturday" in Akan.
Kwasi m Western African, Akan
Means "born on Sunday" in Akan.
Kyauta m & f Western African, Hausa
Means "gift" in Hausa.
Ladi f Western African, Hausa
From Hausa Lahadi meaning "Sunday" (of Arabic origin).
Lassana m Western African
Form of Al-Hasan used in parts of western Africa (especially Mali).
Lawal m Western African, Hausa
From Arabic أوّل (awwal) meaning "first". It is sometimes added to the name of the first of multiple siblings who share the same given name.
Lebogang m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "be thankful" in Tswana.
Lebohang m & f Southern African, Sotho
Means "be thankful" in Sotho.
Lelisa m Eastern African, Oromo
From Oromo leellisaa meaning "admirer".
Lelise f Eastern African, Oromo
Feminine form of Lelisa.
Lencho m Eastern African, Oromo
Means "lion" in Oromo.
Lerato f & m Southern African, Sotho
Means "love" in Sotho.
Lesedi f Southern African, Tswana
Means "light" in Tswana.
Lesego m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "luck, blessing" in Tswana, from sego "blessed".
Limbani m Southern African, Chewa
Means "be strong" in Chewa.
Limbikani m Southern African, Chewa
Means "work hard" in Chewa.
Lindiwe f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Swazi
Means "waited for, awaited" in Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swazi.
Lishan f & m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "award" in Amharic.
Lovemore m Southern African
From the English words love and more. This name is most common in Zimbabwe and elsewhere in southern Africa.
Lulit f Eastern African, Amharic
From Amharic ሉል (lul) meaning "pearl".
Lumusi f Western African, Ewe
Means "born face down" in Ewe.
Lungile f & m Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "correct, right, good" in Zulu and Ndebele.
Madalitso m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "blessings" in Chewa.
Mahamadou m Western African
Form of Muhammad used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Maina m Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "sing, dance" in Kikuyu. Kikuyu males were traditionally organized into age sets or generations, each lasting about 30 years. The Maina generation occupied the last part of the 19th century.
Makena f & m Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "happy one" in Kikuyu.
Malaika f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "angel" in Swahili, derived from Arabic ملك (malak).
Mamadou m Western African
Form of Muhammad used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Mamadu m Western African
Form of Muhammad used in western Africa (Guinea-Bissau).
Mamman m Western African, Hausa
Contracted form of Muhammadu.
Mandla m Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "strength, power" in Zulu and Ndebele.
Mandlenkosi m Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
From Zulu and Ndebele amandla "strength, power" and inkosi "king, chief".
Manyara f Southern African, Shona
Means "you have been humbled" in Shona.
Mariama f Western African
Form of Maryam common in western Africa.
Marietjie f Southern African, Afrikaans
Afrikaans diminutive of Maria.
Marijani m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "coral" in Swahili, originally a borrowing from Arabic.
Masamba m Eastern African, Yao
Means "leaves, vegetables" in Yao.
Masego f Southern African, Tswana
Means "blessings" in Tswana, from sego "blessed".
Masozi m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "tears" in Tumbuka.
Mavuto m Southern African, Chewa
Means "troubles, problems" in Chewa.
Mawuli m Western African, Ewe
Means "God lives" in Ewe.
Mawunyo m & f Western African, Ewe
Means "God is good" in Ewe.
Mayamiko m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "praise, gratitude" in Chewa.
Mayeso m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "test (from God)" in Chewa.
Mbalenhle f Southern African, Zulu
From Zulu imbali "flower" and hle "beautiful".
Mbali f Southern African, Zulu
Means "flower" in Zulu.
Meklit f Eastern African, Amharic
Means "talent" in Amharic.
Melisizwe m Southern African, Xhosa
Means "leader of the nation" in Xhosa.
Meti f Eastern African, Oromo
Means "umbrella" in Oromo.
Minenhle f & m Southern African, Zulu
From Zulu imini "day" and hle "beautiful".
Mirembe f Eastern African, Ganda
Means "peace" in Luganda.
Modou m Western African
Short form of Mamadou.
Mohamed m Arabic, Dhivehi, Eastern African, Swahili
Alternate transcription of Arabic محمّد (see Muhammad) chiefly used in Egypt and Algeria. This is also the usual Dhivehi and Swahili form.
Mojisola f Western African, Yoruba
Means "I wake up to wealth" in Yoruba.
Monifa f Western African (Rare), Yoruba (Rare)
Means "I am lucky" in Yoruba.
Mosi f & m Eastern African, Swahili
Means "first (child)" in Swahili.
Moti m Eastern African, Oromo
Means "leader" in Oromo.
Moussa m Arabic, Western African
Alternate transcription of Arabic موسى (see Musa), as well as the form commonly used in western Africa.
Moustapha m Western African
Form of Mustafa used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Mphatso m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "gift" in Chewa.
Mpho m & f Southern African, Tswana, Sotho
Means "gift" in Tswana and Sotho, a derivative of fa "to offer".
Mtendere m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "peace" in Chewa.
Mubiru m Eastern African, Ganda
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a figure in Ganda mythology associated with forests and hunting.
Mudiwa f & m Southern African, Shona
Means "beloved, darling" in Shona.
Muhammadu m Western African, Hausa, Fula
Hausa and Fula form of Muhammad.
Mukami f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Possibly means "the one who milks the cows" in Kikuyu.
Mumbi f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "she who shapes" in Kikuyu. In Kikuyu mythology Mumbi was the wife of Gikuyu and the mother of his nine daughters.
Munashe m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "with God" in Shona, derived from ishe meaning "lord, God".
Munyaradzi m Southern African, Shona
Means "comforter, consoler" in Shona, from nyaradza "to make quiet, to console".
Musa m Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Western African, Hausa
Arabic, Turkish, Persian and Hausa form of Moses.
Muthoni f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "mother-in-law" in Kikuyu.
Mwanahamisi f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "child born on Thursday" in Swahili.
Mwanahawa f Eastern African, Swahili
Combination of Swahili mwana meaning "child" and the name Hawa.
Mwanaidi f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "child born during the festival" in Swahili.
Mwanaisha f Eastern African, Swahili
Combination of Swahili mwana meaning "child" and the name Aisha.
Mwanajuma f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "child born on Friday" in Swahili.
Mwangi m Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "rapid expansion" in Kikuyu. Kikuyu males were traditionally organized into age sets or generations. The Mwangi generation started around the beginning of the 20th century and lasted for about 30 years.
Mwayi f & m Southern African, Chewa
Means "opportunity" in Chewa.
Mwenya f & m Southern African, Chewa
From the Chewa word for a type of flowering tree (species Breonadia salicina).
Naa f Western African, Ga
From a Ga word used as a feminine royal title.
Nafula f Eastern African, Luhya
Feminine form of Wafula.
Nakato f Eastern African, Ganda
Means "second of twins" in Luganda.
Naliaka f Eastern African, Luhya
Means "born during the weeding season", from Luhya liliaka meaning "weeding".
Nana 4 m & f Western African, Akan
From an Akan word used as a title of a monarch.
Nanjala f Eastern African, Luhya
Feminine form of Wanjala.
Nasimiyu f Eastern African, Luhya
Feminine form of Simiyu.
Ndidi f & m Western African, Igbo
Means "patience" in Igbo.
Ndubuisi m Western African, Igbo
Means "life is foremost" in Igbo.
Neema f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "divine grace" in Swahili, from Arabic نعمة (ni'mah) meaning "blessing".
Nekesa f Eastern African, Luhya
Feminine form of Wekesa.
Neo 1 f & m Southern African, Tswana
Means "gift" in Tswana, a derivative of naya "to give".
Netsai f Southern African, Shona
From Shona netsa meaning "trouble, annoy, bother".
Ngozi f Western African, Igbo
Means "blessing" in Igbo.
Nia 2 f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "purpose, aim" in Swahili.
Nii m Western African, Ga
From a Ga word used as a masculine royal title.
Njeri f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "travelling one" in Kikuyu. Njeri (or Wanjeri) is the name of one of the nine daughters of Mumbi in the Kikuyu origin legend.
Njinga m & f Central African, Mbundu
Possibly from a Bantu root meaning "to twist, to wrap" (kujinga in Kimbundu), alluding to the wrapping of the umbilical cord around the neck of the newborn. This name was borne by kings and queens of the African kingdoms of Ndongo and Kongo, notably a 17th-century queen of Ndongo who resisted the Portuguese.
Nkechinyere f Western African, Igbo
Means "this which God gave" in Igbo.
Nkemdilim f Western African, Igbo
Means "that which is mine belongs to me" in Igbo.
Nkiruka f Western African, Igbo
Means "that to come is greater" in Igbo.
Nkosana m Southern African, Xhosa
Means "prince" in Xhosa.
Nkosazana f Southern African, Xhosa
Means "princess" in Xhosa.
Nkruma m & f Western African, Akan
Means "ninth born child" in Akan.
Nnamdi m Western African, Igbo
Means "my father is alive" in Igbo. This name is given to a child when it is believed that he is a reincarnation of his grandfather.
Nneka f Western African, Igbo
Means "mother is greater" in Igbo.
Nnenna f Western African, Igbo
Means "father's mother" in Igbo. This name is given in honour of the child's paternal grandmother.
Nnenne f Western African, Igbo
Means "mother's mother" in Igbo. This name is given in honour of the child's maternal grandmother.
Nomusa f Southern African, Ndebele
Means "merciful" in Ndebele.
Nonhle f Southern African, Xhosa
From the Xhosa feminine prefix no- combined with hle "beautiful".
Nosipho f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa
From the Zulu and Xhosa feminine prefix no- combined with isipho "gift".
Nosizwe f Southern African, Xhosa
From the Xhosa feminine prefix no- combined with isizwe "nation".
Noxolo f Southern African, Xhosa, Ndebele
From the Xhosa and Ndebele feminine prefix no- combined with uxolo "peace".
Nsia m & f Western African, Akan
Means "sixth born child" in Akan.
Nsonowa m & f Western African, Akan
Means "seventh born child" in Akan.
Nthanda m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "star" in Tumbuka.
Ntombi f Southern African, Zulu
Means "girl" in Zulu.
Ntombifuthi f Southern African, Zulu
Means "a girl again" in Zulu.
Ntombizodwa f Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "only girls", from Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele intombi "girl" and zodwa "only".
Nuru f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "light" in Swahili, ultimately from Arabic نور (nur).
Nuur m Eastern African, Somali
Somali form of Nur.
Nwanneka f Western African, Igbo
Means "sibling is greater" in Igbo.
Nyambura f Eastern African, Kikuyu
From Kikuyu mbura meaning "rain". This is the name of one of the nine daughters of Mumbi in the Kikuyu origin legend.
Nyarai f Southern African, Shona
From Shona nyara meaning "be shy, be quiet, be humble".
Nyongesa m Eastern African, Luhya
Means "born on Saturday" in Luhya.
Obi m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "heart" in Igbo.
Obinna m Western African, Igbo
Means "heart of the father" in Igbo, from óbì "heart, mind" and ńnà "father".
Ochieng m Eastern African, Luo
Means "born when the sun shines", derived from Luo chieng meaning "sun".
Odhiambo m Eastern African, Luo
Means "born in the evening" in Luo.
Ogechi f Western African, Igbo
Means "God's time" in Igbo.
Ogechukwu f Western African, Igbo
Means "God's time" in Igbo (a variant of Ogechi using Chukwu as the second element).
Ogechukwukamma f Western African (Rare), Igbo (Rare)
Means "God's time is greater" in Igbo.
Oghenekaro m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "God first" in Urhobo.
Oghenekevwe m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "God provided for me" in Urhobo.
Oghenero m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "God exists" in Urhobo.
Ogochukwu f & m Western African, Igbo
Means "favour of God" in Igbo.
Okafor m Western African, Igbo
Means "boy (born on) Afor" in Igbo, Afor being one of the four days of the Igbo week.
Okechukwu m Western African, Igbo
Means "portion of God" in Igbo.
Okeke m Western African, Igbo
Means "boy (born on) Eke" in Igbo, Eke being one of the four days of the Igbo week.
Okonkwo m Western African, Igbo
Means "boy (born on) Nkwo" in Igbo, Nkwo being one of the four days of the Igbo week.
Okorie m Western African, Igbo
Means "boy (born on) Orie" in Igbo, Orie being one of the four days of the Igbo week.
Okoro m Western African, Igbo
Means "boy, young man" in Igbo.
Ola 3 m & f Western African, Yoruba
From Yoruba ọlà meaning "wealth" or the related ọlá meaning "honour, respect". It is also a short form of names containing those elements.
Olabode m Western African, Yoruba
Means "wealth returns" in Yoruba.
Olalekan m Western African, Yoruba
Means "wealth is increased by one" in Yoruba.
Olamide m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "my wealth has arrived" in Yoruba.
Olamilekan m Western African, Yoruba
Means "my wealth is increased by one" in Yoruba.
Olanrewaju m Western African, Yoruba
Means "wealth goes forward" in Yoruba.
Olawale m Western African, Yoruba
Means "wealth has come home" in Yoruba.
Olayinka f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "wealth surrounds me" in Yoruba.
Olu m Western African, Yoruba
Short form of Yoruba names beginning with olú or olúwa meaning "lord, God".
Olubunmi f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God gives to me" in Yoruba.
Oluchi f Western African, Igbo
Means "work of God" in Igbo.
Olufemi m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God loves me" in Yoruba.
Olufunke f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God gives care" in Yoruba.
Olufunmilayo f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God gives me joy" in Yoruba.
Olufunmilola f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God gives me wealth" in Yoruba.
Olujimi m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God forgives me" in Yoruba.
Olukayode m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God brings happiness" in Yoruba.
Olumide m Western African, Yoruba
Means "my God has come" in Yoruba.
Olusegun m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God conquers" in Yoruba.
Olusola m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God makes wealth" in Yoruba.
Oluwakanyinsola f Western African (Rare), Yoruba (Rare)
Means "God has dropped honey into wealth" in Yoruba.
Oluwaseun m & f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God, thank you" in Yoruba.
Oluwaseyi f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God made this" in Yoruba.
Oluwatoyin f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "God is worthy of praise" in Yoruba.
Oluwayemisi f Western African, Yoruba
Means "God honours me" in Yoruba.
Omari m Eastern African, Swahili
Meaning uncertain, possibly a Swahili variant of Umar.
Omobolanle f Western African, Yoruba
Means "child finds wealth at home" in Yoruba.
Omolara f Western African, Yoruba
Means "child is family" in Yoruba.
Omondi m Eastern African, Luo
Means "born early in the morning" in Luo.
Oni f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "today" in Yoruba.
Onyebuchi m Western African, Igbo
Means "who is equal to God?" in Igbo.
Onyeka m & f Western African, Igbo
Short form of Onyekachi.
Onyekachi m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "who is greater than God?" in Igbo.
Onyekachukwu m & f Western African, Igbo
Means "who is greater than God?" in Igbo (a variant of Onyekachi using Chukwu as the second element).
Onyinye f Western African, Igbo
Means "gift" in Igbo.
Onyinyechi f Western African, Igbo
Means "gift from God" in Igbo.
Opeyemi f & m Western African, Yoruba
Means "gratitude is suitable for me" in Yoruba.
Otieno m Eastern African, Luo
Means "born at night" in Luo.
Otobong m & f Western African, Ibibio
Means "from God" in Ibibio.
Oumar m Western African
Form of Umar used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Oumarou m Western African
Form of Umar used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Ousmane m Western African
Form of Uthman used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.
Oyibo m & f Western African, Urhobo
Means "white" in Urhobo.
Palesa f Southern African, Sotho
Means "flower" in Sotho.
Pemphero m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "prayer" in Chewa.
Penjani m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "seek for, look for" in Tumbuka.
Pili 2 f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "second (child)" in Swahili.
Pilirani m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "persevere, endure" in Chewa.
Puleng f Southern African, Sotho
Means "in the rain" in Sotho.
Rabiu m Western African, Hausa
From Arabic رابع (rabi') meaning "fourth", sometimes added to a given name to indicate the fourth sibling bearing it.
Rajabu m Eastern African, Swahili
Swahili form of Rajab.
Refilwe m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "we were given" in Tswana, derived from filwe "given".
Rehema f Eastern African, Swahili
Means "mercy, compassion" in Swahili, from Arabic رحمة (rahmah).
Rudo m & f Southern African, Shona
Means "love" in Shona.
Rufaro f Southern African, Shona
Means "happiness" in Shona.
Rumbidzai f Southern African, Shona
From Shona rumbidza meaning "praise".
Rutendo f & m Southern African, Shona
Means "thankfulness" in Shona.
Salamatu f Western African
Form of Salama used in western Africa.
Salisu m Western African, Hausa
From Arabic ثالث (thalith) meaning "third", sometimes added to a shared given name to indicate the third sibling bearing it.
Samwel m Eastern African
Form of Samuel used in Tanzania and Kenya.
Sandile m Southern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
Means "we increased" in Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele.
Sani 2 m Western African, Hausa
From Arabic ثان (thani) meaning "second". If two or more siblings share the same given name, this name may be appended to that of the second.
Sauda f Eastern African, Swahili
Meaning uncertain, possibly a variant of Sawda.
Seble f Eastern African, Amharic
Means "harvest" in Amharic.
Sefu m Eastern African, Swahili
Possibly a Swahili form of Saif.
Segun m Western African, Yoruba
Means "conquer" in Yoruba, also a short form of Olusegun or Oluwasegun.
Sekai f Southern African, Shona
From Shona seka meaning "laugh".
Sekani m Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "laugh" in Tumbuka.
Sethunya f Southern African, Tswana
Means "bloom, flower" in Tswana, derived from thunya "to bloom".
Seydou m Western African
Form of Sa'id used in parts of French-influenced western Africa.