Episode Three: Names as stories of events surrounding one’s birth
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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In today’s episode of the Culture and Identity, which I am recording on the 27th of February 2022, I will discuss Names as stories of events surrounding one’s birth.
The information I share in this episode of the podcast is mostly what I have observed, practiced or participated in throughout my life as a child, a daughter, a sibling, a scholar, a community member, as a parent, and a leader in various capacities. Whenever I have doubts, I have consulted with family members, friends, and Google.
Names play an important role within many communities. Most of the names communicate something about a person, including stories about one’s place of birth, season or day of birth, difficulties surrounding their birth, place or location of birth, day of birth, and many other events in the natural and political environments. Names also help people to share stories about one’s position in the family lineage. For example, are they the first born, last born, or are they twin? Names reveal information about relationships within families or the larger community.
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