With every new day, there is an increasing number of Black people (both Africans, and African Diaspora), who want to know more about their history and heritage, and who express their anger and distaste about the wickedness of the Caucasian world on Black people. There are more and more awakened Black people who want nothing to do with European ideologies, religion, and thoughts.
But one thing we have realized is that no matter how much many Black people speak against slavery and its effects today in Africa, America, and Europe, they still maintain and use the names of their oppressors.
It is safe to say that about 70% of Black people in America still go by European names, while about 60% of Africans in the mother continent, still use the names of their colonizers and oppressors as first names and surnames.
During slavery, Africans who were taken to America and Europe were forced to take the names of their white masters. After many years, many of the enslaved Africans forgot their roots and names and stayed with the names of their oppressors.
They got to hand down their “slave names” to their children, and their children did the same. And today, in America, Europe and all over the world, you will find millions of Black people going by purely European names, when actually they are Africans.
It is only a handful of our brethren in the Diaspora who have taken it upon themselves to do research and find out their roots in Africa and take a name from their ethnic nationality. Many African-Americans do not care to find out their origins. Many do not care to get an African name, but still they complain about slavery, white brutality and segregation.
But the truth remains that even though you fight against racism and modern slavery, fundamentally, with a Europeans name, you are still a slave. You are still a slave until you CHANGE that name and get an African name. And we are not just talking about a first name – we are talking about a complete African identity.
During colonization, the Europeans infiltrated Africa with their Christian missionaries, who preached about Jesus being the way, and how our ways were evil and demonic. They somehow were able to convince our people that European names were better that African names.
And soon we had shallow Africans take up the European names and immediately, our identity as Africans started to die. And after almost a century that the Europeans have left, we have Africans who have even gone ahead to drop their surnames and taken up Europeans first names and surnames.
What stupidity? How can you as an African strip yourself of your heritage, identity, and name and take up that of a European, just the way it was forced down on our brethren who were taken into slavery? Are you a slave or a free man? Answer me this, dear African.
What is more annoying in Africa, especially in West Africa, is that African Christians drop their ancestral surnames on the basis that the names are evil, demonic and cursed. They drop them and pick up a European name, which often are names of Christian Saints. So, after long exposure to brainwashing in Christianity, you will find an African going by Esther Mathew, or Simon Jude. Now what kind of stupidity would you call that?
Even if you somehow are convinced that your ancestral name is cursed, and portend evil, can’t you choose another supposedly “holy name” from your tribe and language and use? Why would you delete your identity totally? That is not right!!!
When you go to Europe, you don’t see them answering African names. You don’t see white people answering Chukwuka Okafor, Kwame Mensa, Busola Tosin, Haruna Idris, etc. You will only see them answering their Scott Davidson, Helen Johnson, etc. This is because they are Europeans, and their names are their identities.
The same thing with the Chinese, Indians, Arabs and many other races. They stick to their names and identities, no matter their interaction with Europeans for hundreds and thousands of years. They do not drop their identity for once and pick up European names. Only the Black man does that.
The Exception of Marriage
The only time when taking a European (white person’s) surname should be normal is when an African woman is getting married to a European man. By default, after marriage, you can take his surname but still maintain your African first name.
African parents owe it to their children to give them purely African names at birth. That child will grow up a proud African. Let us correct the mistakes of our parents who gave us Europeans all in the name of Christianity.
Africans have no reason answering the names of their enslavers and oppressors. Many of us might want to argue and say the world is a global village now, but that is just plain stupidity and low-self-esteem. If the world was a global village, why are Europeans not answering purely African names?
We owe it to our ancestors and to our next generation to reverse this disgraceful act of abandoning who we are for something else. We owe it to our children to retrace our steps and be 100% Africans.
The process of changing your name is one of the easiest things to do in many countries. Your old documents will still bear your old slave name, while your new documents will bear your new name as a FREE BLACK MAN. If you don’t know how to go about it, you can ask questions. Any lawyer would guide you accordingly.
AFRICANS are great people. Let us show that in our attitude, names, culture, achievements, and enterprise. Let no one tell you that your name is not good enough. Let no enslave you any further.