Continental Naming Ceremonies & Practices

Rivers dry up, but not their names. -Benin, Nigeria, Togo (Yoruba) West Africa NIGERIA Igbo. In Igbo society, naming ceremonies may take place four days after a child’s birth, but more often, the naming ceremonies take place on the eighth day, depending on the health of the mother and child. Paternal grandparents officiate Igbo ceremonies.  The ceremony begins with ancestor recognition and divination, followed by the name giving and planting of a live plant to represent life and survival. Next, a participant pours a wine libation to share the child’s name with the ancestors. After the usual breaking of kola … Continue reading (stay interested)

How to Obtain Legal Name Change in United States

Even the Niger River must flow around an island. -Nigeria How to Obtain Legal Name Change in United States Changing your name through the court process is a relatively simple process: Select new name. Determine the correct county for filing.Then, go to county clerk’s office and ask for the necessary forms. Fill out forms; and submit them to Clerk. Attach proof of current name– required documents needed may include birth certificate, driver’s license, passport, or other forms of ID. If you are a minor, a parent or guardian must agree with the name change. If  you are a parent filing … Continue reading (stay interested)

10 Things to Do When You Are Naming a Character

People always call me for names.  And, not just for African or baby names, either.  I help people come up with memorable, meaningful business and organization names, titles of stories, books, events and programs.  And, characters.  Characters.  I love naming characters.  So, I am no expert or anything, but I do know at least…   10 Things to Do When You Are Naming a Character 1.             Give your characters names that tell readers something about the character. For example, a feminist character may keep her maiden name, or hyphenate her name.  She may give her daughters androgynous names like Drew, … Continue reading (stay interested)


“As the crab nears the stream, it understands the language of the stream.” With over 1,000 languages, Africa is home to more languages than any other continent. Most Africans are multilingual or at least bilingual, typically speaking the language of their own ethnic group as well as one or two languages of wider communication. A person from southeast Nigeria, for example, will probably speak at least three languages: Efik (in his/her community); Igbo (the regional language); and English (the language used in schools). A Nigerian may even speak Nigerian Pidgin English, particularly if s/he conducts business in major Nigerian cities. … Continue reading (stay interested)