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March 7, 2022

Diaspora use cultural names to trace their lineage

Diaspora use cultural names to trace their lineage

Welcome to the Culture and Identity Podcast by Kwamboka Eileen Omosa, a Sociologist who researches and writes books on change and adaption in Africa. I bring you interviews and information on the origin and meaning of people’s names while we reflect on what the names mean to  our heritage, self-esteem, and to on-going discussions on diversity, equity and inclusion. 

 People’s names play an important role in the formation of one’s identity. Though the names vary with the different countries and ethnicities of the world, there are commonalities, in that most of the names have a  meaning, they reveal and communicate something about the bearer in terms of one’s aspirations and values, their place of birth, and season or day of birth. Names tell us something about one’s position in the family tree and their roles, obligations and responsibilities within their family and community. Names reveal information about relationships between people, and... 

You can find the episode show notes, and lots more information, at the podcast website, Culture and identity dot org 

And here’s the show. 

In today’s episode of the Culture and Identity, which I am recording on March 6th 2022, I will discuss the important role of cultural names for people in Diaspora, that is individuals and families who live in a country different from that of their birth or the country where they trace their ancestry back to. How one can use their cultural or ethnic name to reconstruct, trace their lineage and build their family story.  

The information I share in this episode of the podcast is mostly what I have observed, practiced or participated in throughout my life. 

Why did I narrow today’s episode down to Diaspora? Because I have lived outside my country of birth for seventeen years and still counting. As a Kenyan of African descent, and as a parent of now adult children, I foresee a time when my grandchildren and great-grandchildren and Ebichembene, aka five generations down the line, living in different parts of the world. Before we even focus on next year, there are many people living in Diaspora, some wanting to visit countries of birth  for their parents’ or grandparents, but they have not. When you take a moment to find out what is holding them back, some will say they don’t want to travel as a tourist, yet they lost connection with relatives who would welcome them back, home. For those of us who immigrated as adults, you would wonder why the said person cannot use their cultural name to find their relatives?

Thank you for coming this far with me. 

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As I mentioned at the beginning of this episode of the Culture and Identity podcast, I am a published author of novels under the broad theme of change and adaptation. Six of my novels focus on the African girl who has gained an education and is striving to balance career with cultural expectations of them as a female member of society. My books are available in online book stores and through your local library. If you don’t find the books, ask your librarian and they will order copies for you. 

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If this podcast episode awakens a need in you to want to document your family stories for future generations, I have a step-by-step guide to take you through the process. Let us Leave Legacies, Not Regrets.  

 Until the next episode  of this podcast, this is Kwamboka Eileen Omosa signing off. Bye, bye.