A social media activist and advocate for African culture, Reno Omokri has encouraged African parents to cultivate the habit of giving their children purely local names instead of European and foreign names.
He justified that most people who are touted as the greatest in Africa and in Ghana all had local or Ghanaian names without a single foreign name. ” The greatest Africans on planet Earth became great with their Black African Names. Emulate them. Don’ t be a Black man with a European name.
Give your children African names” Popular mention was made in the person of Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah who fought for the independence of Ghana and a Pan Africanist who aided other African countries in their quest for freedom.
Although he lived most of his life as a student in America and Europe he still maintained and was proud of his name Kwame Nkrumah. Another typical example is Late Dr. Kofi Annan who became the first black Secretary of the United Nations. Despite note having any foreign name, Kofi Annan went against all odds and rose to prominence.
His Excellency Nana Akufo Addo happens to be one of the many. Ghana’ s presidency was dominated by Johns but he defied the odds. From Ex President John Jerry Rawlings, John Agyekum Kuffour and John Dramani Mahama, the name Nana Akufo Addo stands out.
He concluded that although Africans have embraced foreign languages, we should however not abandon names that are local because they are those that defines us. “I am extremely well- traveled and Africans are the only people I know, who take pride in speaking a foreign language with a perfect accent, even when they can’t speak their native language. Keep your culture alive. “Speak your language to your children. It doe not make them local. It makes them vocal.
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