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Posted: 6/19/2007 1:34:00 AM

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RE: African Names
Can an African-Sounding Name Hurt Your Career Prospects or Enhance It in the western corporate world?


Lots of African American that go by 'ghetto'/black names like shaniqua, laquesha, shameka etc have complained that employers descriminate against them because of their names. Do you agree with this?
Will you name your child Tobi or Ron or Pax because of this trend?





Whats up with those ibo boys we use to call chuks or chuma who change their names in America to chucky? and IbiRonke's that change theirs to Ronkus Dare(Dare is now the americanized form of daramola). Tufiakwa!
Cool Cool Cool Cool

obi
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Posted: 6/19/2007 2:00:00 AM

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Generic names these days are synonymous with western names. Names like azerbijan is a no no in corporate America. Belive it or not, it reduces your chances to 30%. Employers toss your resume aside as soon as they read your difficult name.

As per my kids, they'll have a clear cut and non adulterated igbo name. i wonder why many Nigerians are changing or altering their names in the diaspora. I know a yoruba girl born in america whose legal last name is Renee-Fashie(from fashola). Imagine Iyabo changing her name to Yabis, Ahanna turning his' upside down to Hannah and lavinchy changing her own to Lavatory?

Only God knows how messed up akpeno is because her name has no variant unless she can manage Acupunture.

iyabo
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Posted: 6/19/2007 6:16:00 AM

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RE: African Names
I no dey change my name for nobody.
If dem no fit say am enn forget it.
Mind you I got fed up of people making a
big deal of my name and acting like they
cannot pronounce it. You know it's their
way of heaping insults on us.

By the way since when were Matthew Mark Luke and John,
Deborah english names?

Think about that one..

obi
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Posted: 6/19/2007 11:53:00 AM

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RE: African Names
Imagine Arinzes's in Naija being called Arizona. Whitha? may be it'll eventually change to 'Arise'...and if you wanna be Irish , you drop your last name and put O'compatriots.
"Arise O'compatriots" is not a bad name either.

Hmmmmm, May be thats why Angelina Jolie changed the name of her latest vietnamese kid at 3 years old.

xhuckkx
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Posted: 6/19/2007 1:16:00 PM

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RE: African Names
obinnna, you don dey mara small small Big Smile Big Smile

which one be arise o' compatriot Big Smile ...anyways sha anything is possible with my 9ja people.

check out...nnamdi....to nadis

okoro is now okohs

fatia is fetty,

akpeno
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Posted: 6/19/2007 1:57:00 PM

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RE: African Names
@Obi,

Anu-Ofia!!

Tongue out Big Smile

ahanna
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Posted: 6/19/2007 2:56:00 PM

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RE: African Names
Obi and how do they pronounce ur name......

obi
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Posted: 6/19/2007 4:48:00 PM

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@Ahanna, I've heard many change theirs to obis, obino etc but the one i cant stand is obility.

@Akpeno, why ntoo me? That your name is irreparable and cannot be remodeled to fit this sex hyped generation. If you dont like acupunture, you can always consider Acapulco else there is no other way to de-Africanise Akpeno.

iyabo
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Posted: 6/19/2007 5:11:00 PM

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RE: African Names
kaiii wetin dey go down here.
Mek I take cover cos I hear say Akpeno
don go wear boxing gloves

30_degree
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Posted: 6/20/2007 1:01:00 AM

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@ahana, obi na oblanjah or obikererenke.

akpeno
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Posted: 6/20/2007 3:07:00 PM

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@Obi,

I no get ya time at all!

But keep going you dey make me laff.

I need something to distract me today. Big Smile

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Posted: 6/20/2007 6:14:00 PM

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RE: African Names

obi is also known as obiethrice.

obi
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Posted: 6/20/2007 10:48:00 PM

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Na Akpeno be Akpi-kererenke...naah, oyibo no fit pronounce that one. Abeg make una help me find one better name for Akpeno? I am considering Jemaima or Leticia. ooooh i forgot Eugenia and perpetua. The name must end in *a.
Akpiii nwa, how now? Onye-iwe!

iyabo
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Posted: 6/21/2007 12:15:00 AM

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RE: African Names
how about keisha or geisha?
or shaquina?
Big Smile Big Smile

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Posted: 6/21/2007 12:38:00 AM

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i think that akpeno will be satisfied with mufutau or sherifatu.
@Iyabo, person go look like oyibo before you giva m oyibo name. It's like naming ahana Bill when you can always name him Eusebius or ishboshet.

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