What’s in a NAME? After watching the attached video clip by Hollywood Actress – Uzoamaka Nwanneka Aduba, I felt the need to showcase the extraordinary meaning of my Nigerian name and salute my amazing African heritage. But also emphasise, why all African parents give their children NAMES which somewhat connotes their future. It’s hard to really put it into content but do read on …

Primarily, I am known by my European name, Yvonne (which by the way is unique and soooo ‘French‘) but I never cease to also state my Nigerian name which is ‘Ndidiamaka‘ (from the beautiful Igbo tribe of Nigeria), which means ‘Patience is a Virtue’ or ‘Patience is Key’.

I remember when I was younger, telling my parents that it was such an irony for them to give me such a name as I was the least qualified to be identified as ‘Ndidiamaka’ because ‘Patience’ (its meaning) certainly did not apply to any part of my life (my family and friends can attest to that ???). My constant joke was that God had a funny sense of humour when He gave my parents the wisdom to name me as my temperament was far opposite to what the name denotes.

Like Uzoamaka stated: I too tried to change my name to either: Di, DiDi, Ndy, Ndyamaka – just to make it easier for other people to pronounce it but that actually lost the true essence and meaning and as I got older & wiser, I realised that Ndidiamaka was and has always been attached to my Life Journey, I had to ‘damn’ any excuse of pronunciation difficulties from people and insist that it is pronounced correctly as this name helped define who I am and where I am going.

I decided to search ‘google’ for their interpretation of the name, ‘Ndidiamaka‘ and the response below was shocking (as it actually defined my character to the point) which again, I am sure those close to me will attest to:

Meaning: Patience is the key; patience is a virtue (Igbo, Nigeria).

Soul Urge: People with the name Ndidiamaka have a deep inner desire for love and companionship, and want to work with others to achieve peace and harmony.

Expression: People with the name Ndidiamaka tend to be creative and excellent at expressing themselves. They are drawn to the arts, and often enjoy life immensely. They are often the center of attention and enjoy careers that put them in the limelight. They tend to become involved in many different activities and are sometimes reckless with both their energies and with money.

Well, let’s just say that over time with the birth of my son, who forcefully taught me the real meaning, coupled with subsequent events that have happened throughout my life, I grew into that name and can proudly testify that the name ‘Ndidiamaka’ was & is predestined to be part of my Life’s Journey… It’s my identity.

My Name! My Story!!

So here’s to accepting your NAME, no matter how unique or weird people might think it is. It is YOURS to Wear, Carry & Own with pride!!!

Happy Thursday Beloveds ❤️

The Renaissance Journey continues …

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Today we celebrate Chinua Achebe’s 87th birthday. Considered by many to be the father of modern African literature, Achebe touched many lives with his words.

Google decided to honour the legacy of the renowned Nigerian writer with a #googledoodle illustration of him surrounded by symbols, donning his signature cap and spectacles, Chinua Achebe is pictured in front of a green banner decorated with icons of his most famous literary works.

Chinua Achebe, born Albert Chinụalụmọgụ Achebe on November 16, 1930, was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. Achebe was an illustrious author whose work sought to reclaim Africa’s literary voice from Western control.

Achebe rose to international prominence when he published Things Fall Apart at 28 years-old. Based on his own family heritage and upbringing, the story recounts the demise of an Ibo man in southeastern Nigeria under the oppression of 19th-century British colonial rule.

Things Fall Apart was the first of three novels in Chinua Achebe’s critically acclaimed African Trilogy. It is a classic narrative about Africa’s cataclysmic encounter with Europe as it establishes a colonial presence on the continent. Told through the fictional experiences of Okonkwo, a wealthy and fearless Igbo warrior of Umuofia in the late 1800s, Things Fall Apart explores one man’s futile resistance to the devaluing of his Igbo traditions by British political and religious forces and his despair as his community capitulates to the powerful new order.

The book (which I also had the privilege of studying as part of my English Literature learning material – thanks to my amazing English Literature teacher at the prestigious Federal Government Girls College, Abuloma, Nigeria – Mrs. Gloria Nwosuagwu) is now a classic and required reading for students, selling more than 20 million copies and translated into 57 different languages.

The book, also in recognition of its universality, appears in the Bokklubben World Library collection “proposed by one hundred writers from fifty-four different countries, compiled and organized in 2002 by the Norwegian Book Club. This list endeavors to reflect world literature, with books from all countries, cultures, and time periods.”

Nigerian Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka described the Achebe’s work as “the first novel in English which spoke from the interior of the African character, rather than portraying the African as an exotic, as the white man would see him.”

A titled Igbo chieftain himself, Achebe’s novels focus on the traditions of Igbo society, the effect of Christian influences, and the clash of Western and traditional African values during and after the colonial era. His style relies heavily on the Igbo oral tradition and combines straightforward narration with representations of folk stories, proverbs, and oratory. He also published a number of short stories, children’s books, and essay collections.

Upon his return to the United States back in 1990, he began an eighteen-year tenure at Bard College as the Charles P. Stevenson Professor of Languages and Literature. Achebe was awarded the Man Booker Prize in 2007. From 2009 until his death in March 2013, Achebe served as David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University.

Daalụ nke ukwuu, Chinua Achebe!

What’s your Favorite Chinua Achebe Book?

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