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DECOLONIZATION OFEDO/AFRICAN NAMES

Posted by Edonaze on August 11, 2010 at 2:50 PM

DECOLONIZATION OFEDO/AFRICAN NAMES.

 

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BY OSAMEDEOSUNDE.

 

"Whenwe dropped our native African name, we dropped darkness and

ungodlinessTo answers, the name of the colonialist is seen as one of

the ways ofbecoming civilized and becoming a good Christian Answering

... Arabnames is seen as a way of becoming a good Muslim".

To say thereis nothing in a name is a grossly misleading statement. Everyone has a name; itis our most valuable possession, our only possession that can survive dearth.Names are use to identify People. Even the poorest folks have a name ...thatcan live after their death.

 

In Africa,many people change their names for one reason and other. Some countries changedtheir names following independence Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mali. Just tomention but a few.

 

The Africanshave a very strong believed that the names a person bears is sometimes a key tothe understanding of the persons, family history and the environment were theywere born.

 

A numbers ofevents dictate the choice of a name given to a child and circumstancesconcomitant to the situation surrounding his or her birth. Religion, weather,seasons, festivities, wars, conflicts in the family divination, accidents,jealousy, rivalries, just name them.

 

Our Africannames always have a definite meaning and parents, relatives, and well-wishersare very conscious when choosing the name of their children or of anindividual. Thus names are not merely labels or simply tag, which theindividual carries along.

 

Africansfirst names reflect one or more of these existential dimensions of life, thisis not however very true of the foreign names which have infiltrated intoAfrican continent, through European and Arabs influences.

 

Numerologistshave discovered that the study of names of a given people will reveal body ofknowledge about them.

 

Linguistsdiscover quite a lot from the study of names. Anthropologists have deriveduseful cultural information about the people whose name they have studied.

 

Names aresuch an important tool for the uncovering of peoples social habits and custom,their hope and aspirations. Theophanous names reveal the names of godworshipped by a group of people, through a study of such names we can learnmuch about their religious habit. Through the names given to their sons anddaughters, the Gikuyu of east Africa have been able to record history andevents for centuries.

 

To the blackman in Diaspora the knowledge of African names is invaluable. A detailed studyof the names of their African Ancestors, which have not been lost under thetraumatic experience of slavery, could give clues to what part of Africa Theirancestors came from, it was through such a study that the origin of manyAfrican-American have been discovered .

 

It is notamazing, to note that contrary to many of us African who reject our rich Africacultural identity. Many of Our African -American folks and their upspring stillhold on to their ancestral African names, which have survived culturalsubjugation carry four centuries of history behind them, still gave theirchildren Africa names even when they now belong to a powerful new world Whythen do we Africans, even royals and the nobles who are the custodians of ourrich cultural and traditional heritage still use foreign names so too is theirupspring ? The answer lies in the colonization and the civilizing mission ofthe Europeans and Arabs in Africa. Colonization as a system, worked on theprinciple that everything Africa was primitive, barbarous and unholy.Everything from Europe on the other hand was pure and proper in a wordcivilized they make every effort to brainwash Africans. Make them reject theirown civilization and to lookdown on things Africans. When we dropped our nativeAfrican name, we dropped darkness and ungodliness To answers, the name of thecolonialist is seen as one of the ways of becoming civilized and becoming agood Christian Answering Arab names is seen as a way of becoming a good Moslem.

 

This is thementality most of us carry to this day thus today one frequently meets anAfrican who will not be content, until you have told him what your Whitemannames Or an Arab name. Many of us, Africans bear many foreign names as ourfirst names without knowing where the names came from and their meaning. .

 

An Edofamily [Nigerian] living in Europe gave birth to a baby. Another Edo man[Nigerian] who lives in Europe too, called to congratulate the family. Then askthe name of the baby when he had that the baby bear an African name he reactedangrily and questioned why the family should give their child an African nameinstead of European name. ´After all, we live in a civilized world´ he said.Yes, he lives in Europe. It is amazing, in the 21st century, many of us Africanstill carry that brainwash marks of western colonization and misconceptionabout Africa.

 

 


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