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Thank you all so much for the love during my one year bloggerniversary.
“Hi,my name is David.You are?”
“My name is Esasina.”
“Ei,please this your name di33 repeat it.”
“My name is Esasina….Esa-si-na”
“Oh okay,this your name I can’t pronounce it oo.”
I smile and slowly say,”My full name is Esasina Padikwor Kodjo, pick whichever you want,Esasina or Padikwor.”
“Ermmm don’t you have an English name or Christian name?”
“No I don’t”
“I am Ghanaian so I think it is just great that I have a Ghanaian name instead.”
“But the name you mentioned Esta-tina Pab-bi-ko is so difficult to pronounce.”
“Well,that is my name David.”
I am tired of hearing my name mispronounced and wondering why so many people think I should have an English name because it is easier to pronounce.Do you think a couple in Europe would name their child “Ama Asieduwaa” just out of the blue? It’s okay if you choose to give your child a local name.I just think it is about time we become proud of our culture and our local names.
Names have meanings,parents please endeavor to know the meaning of the names you christen your children with whether English or local names.
“Oh so can I call you Padi?”
“No please,I prefer these shortened forms of my name: Kwor or Sina.”
“But as for shortening of names there is no rule oo Padiks kraa is an option.”
I just walked away from this gentleman.
I don’t understand how someone I just met would want to change my name,call me what I am not and wonder why I have a problem with their suggestion.
Please,is it your name?
When I was in primary school,I was not proud of my first name. I felt it did not sound foreign or Westernized enough so I hardly ever mentioned “Esasina” to anyone.I wanted an English name,one that was easier to pronounce.Deep down in my heart,I wanted to be called Britney.
The scales fell off my eyes before I went to Senior High School.I chose to embrace my name and to be proud of my roots.These days I prefer to be called Esasina and I always correct anyone who mispronounces my name.
My name is Esasina which means,”God deserves praise” in Krobo, my local dialect.
Thank you for reading,