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Kwame or Kwamé is an Ashanti day name originating from the Ashanti people of Ashanti City-State and given to a boy born on a Saturday.

People with this Ashanti name include:

  • Kwame Anthony Appiah, a Ghanaian-British philosopher of semantics and racism
  • Kwame Brown, an basketball player in the NBA
  • Kwamé Holland, an American rapper who enjoyed brief popularity during the golden age of hip hop; reemerged as a music producer named K1 Million
  • Kwame Kilpatrick, former mayor of Detroit, Michigan
  • Kwame Nkrumah (originally Francis Nwia Kofi Ngonloma), a Ghanaian politician (and for a time Life President) and one of the founders of Pan-Africanism
  • Kwame Raoul, a Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 13th district since 2004
  • Kwame Somburu (Paul Boutelle), an American socialist political activist
  • Kwame Tucker, a Bermudian cricketer
  • Kwame Ture ( Stokely Carmichael), a Trinidadian-American black activist and leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Black Panther Party
  • Osei Kwame Panyin, an 18th-century emperor of the Ashanti Confederacy, located in what is today Ashantiland

In addition:

  • Kwame (Captain Planet), a fictional character in the animated television series Captain Planet and the Planeteers

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Kwamé (born 1973) is an American rapper who enjoyed brief popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He is currently a music producer, sometimes credited as K-1 Million or K1 Mil.