Wole Sonyinka, Shehu Shagari, Alahaji- Bolori, Waziri Ibarahim , MkO Abiola, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Aminu Kanu, Urji Uzo Kanu, Chinua Achebe, Chike Obi, Latiff Salami, Fela Kuti, Dele Giwa, Murtal Mohammed , Idika Kalu, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Dankote, Onwuka Kanu , and many other indigenous names across all the six geopolitical zones in this country are true indication that God, providence, Luck , a higher power or whatever you knee down to worship seems to be forewarning you that, giving your Children native names could after all propel them to the zenith of their profession better than all these colonial names many of us adhere unquestionably to.
And am talking from experience: a good friend of mine thought our host had gone crazy last year because after our dinner , She kept shouting his name only for us to realize that his pet-dog shares the same name with him.
If it took more than 3 centuries to abolish human slavery, I wonder if it would not take 6 centuries to abolish mental slavery in Africa.
Our forbearers did give us contextual names before the advent of Western religion and Colonialism.
Consider this, if names like Stephen and Matthew could be tolerated because of their biblical context, how do we justify names like jimmy and Bingo being giving to our kids? The earlier we liberate ourselves from this madness affinity to Inferiority complex, the prouder we cherish our customs.
And on the aggregate, this is where the Yorubas and Hausas beat other ethnic groups hands down.
So and in introspection, much more like Thabo Mbeki, arguably the most intelligent Scholar –Cum leader to have emerged from this continent, can you assertive state “ I am an African?”