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, about the economy, politics, leadership, and historical events, among many other functions.
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And here’s the show.
Welcome to episode number one of the culture, names and identity podcast, which I am recording on the 11th of February 2022. In today’s episode, I will answer the question, What is in a name? while I share details of my Kenyan name, its meaning, origin, the family relationships entailed therein, and the emotions that my name evokes in me, in my immediate family members, and the extended family.
thus, what is in a name, more specifically, what stories are hidden behind the names that families give their children?
The origin and meaning of my name goes way back, to the arrival of the British colonizers in Kenya, that was between 1895 and 1963, when Kenya gained independent from the British.
As the story of colonization goes in many parts of the world, the flag always followed the cross, and that cross had conditions—you needed to be baptised, become a member of a church before you could be allowed to access the Whiteman’s education as a student.
My mother had a thirsty for this education, so she joined the catholic religion, the only way she could be allowed to be a student at a Catholic mission school. This was a major...
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