Power in a name? Yes, definitely!
I still do not understand why it is so difficult for some to understand the power behind full names, most especially African names. Why are some so lazy in calling out one’s full name?
A name is a powerful tool in a person’s life. Hidden behind each name is a SPECIAL meaning. Our names are significant to us for so many reasons. It could be because of circumstances surrounding our birth, it could be because we were named after a significant person in our life or the lives of our parents, it could be just because our parents loved the name(s), or because of who gave us the name(s). That being said, why do we take the power away by shortening it, or even changing it?
Now, before I continue, this is a notice to ALL that put it on themselves to assist me in editing my name! MY NAME IS VALENTINA! I was named that for a VERY SPECIAL REASON that I am proud of 🙂 PLEASE, Do NOT call me TINA. Do NOT call me VAL!
There is ONLY ONE PERSON who is allowed to address me by VAL, and that is my God-mother, Professor Aderounmu! ONLY ONE OTHER PERSON who is allowed to SHORTEN my name, and he has HIS unique way of calling me, and that is Archbishop Felix Alaba Adeosin Job! Basically, if you are NOT either of those two people, again, MY NAME IS VALENTINA! If my late father had no issues pronouncing the full name, and my beautiful mother has no problem as well, then I do not see who should!
My son’s name is another pet-peeve! It is AbbaModupe! Notice the caps? Yeah! Just ONE word with TWO caps!…….There is a UNIQUE reason he was given that name, and to the best of MY knowledge, HE IS THE ONLY ONE WITH THAT NAME AND IT’S REAL MEANING IN THE UNIVERSE! (No, I am NOT saying the real meaning of his name – translate it as you understand it) 🙂 PLEASE, do NOT call him ABBA! Do NOT call him MODUPE! Do NOT call him DUPE! Most definitely NOT PE!!! 🙂 NO ONE is allowed to shorten his name! Even his late father did NOT shorten his name, his grandparents never did, and do not; of course, I do NOT, so why you?
Now, for those that say it is too long, all I will say to you is this: simply call him “Dimples” – that should be short enough for lazy people 🙂 If Americans can pronounce AbbaModupe without much ado, then I do not understand where the issue is with my Nigerian folks! 🙂
Now, I typically do not go out of my way to shorten people’s names except if that is how the person introduces himself/herself. For instance, it you are Olufemi and you go by Olu or Femi, that is what I will address you by. However, if you go by Olufemi, you can be assured I won’t help myself to editing it.
I respect names. I believe there is power behind names, especially ethnic names. Even English names have meanings, so why do we out of laziness take the power away?
Have you tried saving a document or picture on your computer and gotten errors? Yes! Even the computer recognizes when the incorrect name is fed into it! 🙂 🙂
It will ask you choose a more precise name for the document or image 🙂 So if the computer that is not human recognizes the effect of a properly named document, how come we as humans don’t? Hmmmmm! 🙂
Please refrain from taking the power away from names. Take a minute to reflect on the two questions below:
What meaning does your name have to you?
What power does it have over you?
Think about it. 🙂
I remain, VALENTINA. 🙂