Olugbemi Adeniyi is a journalist of Yoruba origin from Ogun State, South West NigeriaMy name, Adeniyi, is a Yoruba name borne by a male child, especially one born into a royal lineage. The name Adeniyi connotes the family value or the crown, which depicts the royalty of the lineage.
The Yoruba are found in the South West of Nigeria and constitute one of the major ethnic groups in the country, among whom royalty is greatly revered.
Ade in Yoruba means “crown” while Niyi means “valuable. Therefore, Adeniyi means valuable crown.
Thamara William Ashu, 50+, is a social worker and hails from Wukari Local Government of Taraba State, Nigeria.
I was born into a Christian family, and my parents, who were interested in the blessings of God, gave me the name Thamara, a Muslim version of the biblical name, Thamar. The name which means “A woman with many generations and great blessings,” is drawn from the Book of Matthew 1. 1-18, which is the Book of the generation of Jesus Christ.
Although my parents were Christians, the decision to accept and follow Christ was personal, and it happened when I came to realise that accepting and following Christ as one’s personal Lord and Saviour was full of enormous blessings.
Mrs Thamara William Ashu
Bakoji Sukuji, 50+, Media consultant from Lau, Taraba State of Nigeria.
My name, Bakoji, means, “Whatever comes is mine.” It is solely a male name from the Winlau ethnic group, a Jukun offshoot in Taraba State of Nigeria. It is believed that with patience, one can overcome obstacles in life, Bakoji, having faith in God is to accept whatever comes one’s way in life.
Keumsari Gadonggs, 40+, Writer and literary critic, from Ganye Local Government, Adamawa State of Nigeria
To the Chamba ethnic group, the name Keumsari means, “God has remembered us.” The significance of the name resides in the fact that when what you expect does not come at the time you expect it, but still comes, the Chamba, who are scattered in most parts of Africa, will say, “God has remembered us.”
In my case, because of the high value attached to male children, my parents expected one but three girls successively. Each got a name thanking God for the gift of life. When at last I came, a male child, they felt I was special because that is the desire of every African family. So, they gave me the name Keumsari – “God has remembered us.”
Malam Idris Dan-Azumi, 50+, Journalist/Media technologist, Jos, Plateau State of Nigeria.
Both of my names have religious connotations: Dan-Azumi is the name given to someone born in the month of Ramadan, the Islamic annual Fasting period, while Idris, also the name of one of the prophets, refers to a scholar or someone who likes studying, among others.
As core Muslims, my parents gave me the name Dan-Azumi because I was born in the Ramadan month.
,Daniel Bui David, 31, Photo journalist from Taraba State Nigeria
The name Bui refers to a soothsayer. I inherited it from my grandfather, who was a renowned fortune-teller and King of Bissolla Village in the Ichen ethnic group of Taraba State of Nigeria.
In fact, the name Bui is not only a royal name but also, it is linked to greatness, especially in the area of divination and solving mysteries and riddles.
Daniel Bui David
Tsuvyakhi Andokari, 34, ICT specialist, from Wukari, Taraba State of Nigeria.
The direct interpretation of the name Andokari is, “Your home has finished,” but literarily, it connotes “late arrival.”
In the Jukun Kingdom or ethnic group, it shows a happening on the heels of an important event. In my case, my grandfather’s immediate younger brother, who was the only one alive among his siblings, died prior to my birth. So, when I was born, my family members said I arrived late to see any of my grandparents, which is why they gave me the name Andokari.
The name helps to remember an event which happened, especially in the stone ages when dates were not recorded and account could not be given of certain ages except by estimating from an event, which is captured by the name of a child.