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April 25, 2022

Which animal do you share a name with?

Which animal do you share a name with?


Culture and Identity Podcast by Kwamboka Eileen Omosa 


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. 

You can find the episode show notes, (your free short story) 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 podcast, which I am recording on the 24th of April 2022, I will discuss shared names among humans and animals, both domestic and wildlife. Is your name an animal’s, or, are you named after an animal, or is the animal named after you? What animal do you share a name with?

For example, what is your reaction whenever you are at a public place, you hear someone call your name and when you turn—as expected—you realize they were not calling you, but their pet?...

...However, in the midst of all the debates; to give human names to pets and other domestic animals, there is a century’s long practice where people are given animal names to imply something, tell their story in summary form. 

What are your views and experiences on shared names, by humans and animals? Do you think our pets and domestic animals have names for us humans? What would the animals call you, and why that name?


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