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Do You Know Your Name Affects Your Life?

Wajanyan was born like everyone else. He attended school up to University level. He passed through hell during school as nothing ever came easy for him. He lost his dad at the tender age of 14 years. His mother was a petty trader and could not do much to help Wajanyan out.  

Taraba nameHe had to do all kinds of hardwork to pay himself through school. After finishing school, he  submitted his CV to hundreds of organizations, yet, there seemed to be no job in sight. He is just tired of suffering.  One day, as he was discussing with two of his best friends about the hard times, he started lamenting that no one has ever helped him in life, only God. One of his friends on hearing this asked for the meaning of his name Wajanyan? It means suffering, he replied. There you are; his friend said. Your name affects your life. What? Screamed Wajanyan. 

Everything that exists or ever existed has a name by which it is identified.

Names, apart from serving as a mark of identity, reveals the deep socio-cultural values, religious beliefs, experiences, prevailing situations and philosophies of a particular society.

Names are so important that people take legal troubles in order to change their names and announce it publicly as seen in Newspapers, as well as recent mis-spellings or mispronunciation of their names.

Examples of  some Taraba names and their meaning.

Yandang

Tinsunbe – it is enough for me.

Sontiyar – there is no truth anywhere.

Mosiber – we eat with the other group (neighbourliness).

Tiriyang – thoughts of the heart.

Tumusawu – Let us cooperate.

Wurukum

Latele – home is established.

Tebmale – it is over

Magakapeni – try and see.

Bugiyamba – the hand of God.

Sheriyo – gossip about yourself.

Nayo – talk about yourself.   

Ndola

Wajanyan – suffering.

Wakate – busy body.

Sakley – promiscuity.

Wamam – God’s own.

Asamam – God’s doing.

Benya – peace.  

Mambila

Jachiec – seed of death.

Borni – hate me.

Bovoh – Hand is bad.

Changhum- God is good.

Hamshi – pride face.

Shinvwa – Mouth is bad.

Jukun

Amakai – God is supreme

Awaze – not loved.

Nanoshi – I am giving birth for the grave.

Hikon – in charge of the house.

Awabukin – Woman of war.(Born during war period).   

Tiv

Aondohemba – God is supreme.

Ngustav – he is a witch.

Yavihi – the house has been destroyed.

Msughshima – comfort.

Ihyom – enemy.

Kuteb

Tomshak – A carefree farmer(one who farms but does not weed).

Cwunde – Allegations that have no basis.

Ratishe – New story.

Punkap – Backbiters.

Sarkere – Money can separate you from God and your loved ones.

Kona

Ayojiri – They are in trouble.

Shumin – Hmmm,what a world!

Jirimun – it is none of my business.

Atau – Seeking for peace.

Fiedmun – What you are doing is not good.

Also, a man’s name is his only possession that lives even after his death. A name tells a story about people, for instance, names of black men in diaspora gives us clues to what part of Africa they come from, though colonisation has to a large extent affected naming in Africa as most people bear English names like Joy Peter, Tony Adams, Jane Thomas etc.

With such names, it makes tracing of a person’s identity almost impossible as one’s origin could be traced by mere mention of his or her name or surname.

Have you ever pondered on the name you are bearing to see if it has in one way or the other affected you or have you wondered why you were given such a name and of what importance is it to you?

From research, it has been established that most names come in form of proverbs, events, religious beliefs, words, phrases, challenges, admonitions, malice among several others.

They could therefore, teach morals, give warnings, correction, used as weapons of quarrel, medium of conveying socio-cultural values, historical facts and others.

Reasons for bestowing a name differs from individual to individual as circumstances and experiences differs. Others choose from a pool of existing names been used overtime in the family, just to preserve such names in the family, especially names of elders or loved ones long dead.

In the African set up, the coming of a child is seen as a happy and fortunate occurrence and a landmark in the society. Therefore, until a child is named, it is not yet considered a person.

Names are therefore, given according to tradition, circumstances surrounding the birth of a child, traits possessed by a child as well as expression of what a child is hoped to achieve.

It is worthy of note at this point that names have either negative or positive implications on the bearer and the society. People live up to their names, as such a good name builds up while a bad one destroys.

Also, since it is individuals that make up the  society, the fortunes or misfortunes of individuals affects the society they find themselves in.

At this point, let me ask, do you know the meaning of your name? How has it impacted your life and society?

Build a purposeful life and a positive society by bearing and giving a good name.

   

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