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Each country and nation of the world there is what they are easily identified with; NAME is one of such identity.

A lot of Africans prefer answering foreign names such as John Peter, Samuel judge, smith clement among others instead of their Africa’s name.
Even in the Church you can’t baptize using your Africa’s name, what is going on?

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Well, some aren't  intentional like foreigners that married to Africans during colonial era, while some are intentional for reasons best known to the bearers.
For church not baptizing Africa's local names I personally don't have a fitting words to cloth my thought why its so.
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I think is a matter of choice.
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Many change their names for various reasons eg Meaning, Nationality etc
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Maybe we are ashamed of our identities, of being Africans and bearers of African names. or maybe western names enable us to integrate easily into the societies where we find ourselves. or maybe our African names are simply 'primitive'?
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civilisation! Well Africans devalued their ethical conduct in an attempt to blend with the western world. On the hand, civilisation have made some to feel inferior instead of advocating ur entity, who ever changes his name in the name of meaning or tribe only shows inferiority.
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civilisation! Well Africans devalued their ethical conduct in an attempt to blend with the western world. On the hand, civilisation have made some to feel inferior instead of advocating ur entity, who ever changes his name in the name of meaning or tribe only shows inferiority.
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I think I agree with you, going by this I will categorically say, any one who changes his/her name in order to blend with whatever society is fake human being.
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civilisation! Well Africans devalued their ethical conduct in an attempt to blend with the western world. On the hand, civilisation have made some to feel inferior instead of advocating ur entity, who ever changes his name in the name of meaning or tribe only shows inferiority.

Interesting, thanks. However what do you mean by inferior, and inferior to who; what's even 'ethical conduct'?
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fake human being

Thought provoking observation, Webmaster. but what do you mean by fake human being?
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fake human being

Thought provoking observation, Webmaster. but what do you mean by fake human being?
Well, I didn't expect it to be taken literally, what I actually meant here is fake name.
For example someone whose name is buchi Okofor , the person suddenly due to one perception or the other change  it to  Anthony Clement, such is fake. Anybody who fakes his/her name is faking his/her identity, as such isn't totally out of turn to tag such individual fake humanbeing.

There have been stories in one quarter or the other about some ladies from Africa (I don't want to mention the countries) in United state that always claim are Jamaica whenever they’re being asked. Such people changing their names to reflect what they are craving for isn't a big deal to them.   
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dqueen, when someone changes his or her name as a result of tribe, the person simply means 'i am not proud of my origin'
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Can we ban foreign names?
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I don't know about banning but there is company in Nigeria "Daar communication" (owner of Africa Independent Television) that all their member of staffs bear only their Africa's names. I'm yet to hear any english name in any of their journalists.
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thats a good one!
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thats a good one!
Yes, that is in line, yet  Ait is a great television station, just won "Best television of the year 2011" in Nigeria.
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Yes, this is an indication that we don't need all these front some folks are putting to succeed in the continent.
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May be some need an orientation to reintegrate thesame into Africa's culture as that is the beginning.
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Yes, because most of Africa's families are practicing foreign systems.
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abandoning their own system for another!
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May be they are not comfortable with their system and don't think it has all it entails to beat the less of the world in all aspect of life. Just may be....
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Not only in Africa. This happen in most of the countries I guess. I did many researches to find names according to their cultures and countries all around the world. But here I wanted to say very sadly that I have found only few people which have putted their cultural names and most of the new generations have changed their names to new foreign names.
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ChuckWag, I like your angle to this issue as it seems that Africans most times see certain challenge as peculiar to them.
But what could be the cause of this?
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Africans names are beautiful, loving, very meaningful and represent the origin Africa. Africans born in Africa don't really have challenge with bearing their names. Is common among those not born in Africa. I think with some orientation there will be striking of balance.
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Each country and nation of the world there is what they are easily identified with; NAME is one of such identity.

A lot of Africans prefer answering foreign names such as John Peter, Samuel judge, smith clement among others instead of their Africa’s name.
Even in the Church you can’t baptize using your Africa’s name, what is going on?




It is the effect of colonialism and neocolonialism. Africa was colonized for more than 500 years, that leaves quite a lot of influence in standards in the continent which lock and disrupt the true genuine African perspectives and cultures. Perhaps one day Africa will be free?! Got to believe that day will come...

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Are you saying that Africa is yet not free and who is holding it's freedom?
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