- Another very common however overlooked aspect of this African cultural erosion is the name changes; when was the last time you heard an African name?… really.
NAME CHANGES: This is one of the biggest shame our parents have acquired, to the fact that they have adopted outsiders names. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with you naming your child a name that you find beautiful, no matter where it’s from… but if a whole community, country and or continent (majority) start naming their kids, Mohammed, Mariam, Aicha, John, Paul, Michael, Rosa etc… is just sad. These are not original African names.
What happen to African names?
why using another culture to blend within yours?…
They (outsiders) never uses African names to name their kids, nor you will see a white person with a Chinese name etc… and vice versa (though Chinese people fit this shame also). You’re not gonna see an Arab kid with the name Omokwe or Samba.
Some Africans don’t even have African last names (which is even sad).
And many (the ones who actually have African names in their birth certificates) are ashamed of their African names, therefore many changes it when they grow up.
-Now some of you (Muslim Africans to be exact) will come with the attack: “but we’re giving our kids Muslim names from the Quran…” well, “those muslim names” you’re talking about predates Islam (that is when the Quran was revealed to the prophet Mohammed [pbuh]), Christianity, and Judaism. You have Arab Christians with the names Mohammed, Ibrahim, Aicha etc… these names are nothing but cultural (hint: they are names of respected people within Islam whom happened to be Arabs).
Another attack will be: “oh those names are blessed and have great meanings…” then it’s really ignorant because as an Example the name Ibrahim means “Father of many”. If that is the meaning, I’m sure every language in earth is understood by god, therefore why don’t you name your kids Ibrahim (father of many) in your own language. If the term “father of many” is equivalent to “iniminimanimo” in your language, then why not use that word (iniminimanimo) instead of using the arabic word Ibrahim; i mean at the end they all have the same meanings right? Enlighten me.
- “There is no superiority for an Arab over a non-Arab and for a non-Arab over an Arab, nor for the white over the black nor for black over the white except in piety.” OH YEAH?
-Furthermore, any person with a brain will of-course understand where all this have derived from. Colonization have fathered the killings of African cultures.
When the outsiders came; we opened our arms, closed our eyes and put on a smile welcoming a stealthy destruction.
The Europeans came with guns and a religion, left with land and slaves.
The Arabs came with swords and a religion, left with land and slaves.
Although they left, part of them stayed… their cultures stayed with us.
Now, don’t get me wrong because there’s nothing wrong with an African being a Christian or a Muslim, having faith in a given religious belief have nothing to do with adopting an outsiders culture. God is universal. I always use the term “Be a Muslim, not an Arab.”
Well this is just a one man’s words.