Is it your name?

Hi there!

I hope your day has been good so far.

Thank you all so much for the love during my one year bloggerniversary.

 

 

“Hi,my name is David.You are?”

“My name is Esasina.”

“Pardon?”

“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”

“Ei,most local!”

“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.

 

 

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Photo Credit: OBE images.

 

Thank you for reading,

Love,

Esasina. xoxo

 

23 thoughts on “Is it your name?

  1. Kwor, i remember those days in children service you never wanted us to know you were called Esasina… 😂😂. Me kraa, now everyone calls me by my local name and am soo proud of it😊

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  2. Britney 😂😂😂 sometimes I wonder if it’s intentional. You ask of my name and I tell you; if you can’t pronounce it, keep quiet and let me teach you. Ask them again oo… Is it your name?

    Lovely post, Esasina!

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  3. Naa Nyanchie (pronounced ‘Nyanch’, the ‘ie’ is silent). A Ga name adopted from the Portugese. I love my name. I love it when it’s pronounced correctly. It touches my heart.

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  4. Kwor I can relate! In Primary school I always asked my dad why I didn’t have an English name and he would always reply by asking if I had ever seen a British couple name their child Kofi or Ama. Now I’m sooo proud of my name Ama Asaa and I also correct people when they mispronounce it. I don’t know what it means though but I still love it.

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  5. Oh sister say it again ooo! Some people make me want to stop saying my name in general. Everytime I say first name Ivylove, I have to repeat it so many times and what even kills is when they say give me your local name- Monda. Next question is “Are you Ghanaian?” Very much!!!! It’s Nzema. Let’s know our culture, it’s a must. As for mispronouncing names, it happens to all my names 😨. I’m even tired. Lol

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  6. Mispronounced names! One of the constant things in Ghana lol.
    I haven’t been proud of my names either, especially since I’m part northerner and fante. It was always a struggle but growing up I got to love my names.
    I’m yet to find out exactly what Tsetsewa means, but for Anyifara, it’s a frafra name meaning “one who has praise”.
    Lovely post Sina!

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