Western Blacks with Igbo Names

Discussion in 'Igbo Culture' started by Onye, Jul 9, 2016.

  1. Onye

    Onye Admin Staff Member

    I've come to find many people in the Caribbean and North America in general have come to adopt or be given Igbo names which is quite interesting. Here are examples of people I've seen so far (with their profession and photos). Remember, these are people with no direct ties to Igbo people.
     
  2. Onye

    Onye Admin Staff Member

    Nnenna Freelon

    She's an American musician with no direct ties to Nigeria who was born with the name Nnenna.

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  3. Onye

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    Jhene Efuru Aiko

    Jhene Aiko is a musician from America and was given 'Efuru' as a middle name (which she uses on her official twitter handle) from Flora Nwapa's novel.

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  4. Onye

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    Ne-Yo 'Chimere' (birth name - Shaffer Chimere Smith).

    This one is a bit questionable because it hasn't been confirmed, and it seems even Ne-Yo doesn't know the origin citing Chinese (even though no Chinese name Chimere exists). Ne-Yo is an American singer/song writer.

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  5. Onye

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    Kojo Nnamdi

    A radio presenter who adopted the Ashanti day name Kojo meaning Monday and the Igbo name Nnamdi as a family name.

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  6. Onye

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    George N'Namdi

    George N'Namdi is an art collector. Him and his wife decided to change their family name to N'Namdi (popular name, perhaps because of Nnamdi Azikiwe, a pan-African icon and once a member of an American Greek sorority).

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    He's the owner of the N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Arts.

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  7. Onye

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    His Son Jumaane N'Namdi apparently also owns a gallery, or co-owns his fathers.

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  8. Onye

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    Ekwueme Michael Thewell

    Jamaican writer and activist, I think he was given Ekwueme by Chinua Achebe.

     
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  9. Onye

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    Oku Nagba Ozala Onuora

    Jamaican dub poet, he changed his name from 'Orlando Wong' along with his wife Adugo.

     
  10. Onye

    Onye Admin Staff Member

    Ibo Simon

    A musician from Martinique.

     
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  11. Onye

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    Aimé 'Eme' Césaire

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    Poet and politician from Martinique and part of the Negritude movement, apparently he said he's of Igbo descent through slavery so maybe this isn't relevant here, but his first name Aimé (Aim is pronounced 'Em' in French) is from the Igbo name Eme.
     
  12. Onye

    Onye Admin Staff Member

    Michael 'Ibo' Cooper

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    Reggae musician, was teased for looking like the skinny children in Biafran adverts and adopted 'Ibo'.
     
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  13. Onye

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    Onitsha (birth name - Onitsha Laquis Shaw)

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    There's a singer named Onitsha. I don't know if it has anything to do with Onitsha Mmili though, lol.
     
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  14. Izu

    Izu Admin Staff Member

    Wooowww. Never knew Ne-Yo has an Igbo middle name - Chimere, an Igbo name which means made by God and it is his birth name. Perhaps given by her mother as her mother is said to be African-American. He's naming his children Chimere junior which means he is very proud of his Igbo name.
    Quite a revelation, this list especially that girl with Onitsha as her name. She should pay us visit here at Onitsha.

    Let this thread also be a lesson to some of us that are not proud and grateful of our names and are changing it, you can now see that those who know the value of our names are adopting it while some of us who should be embracing our heritage are denying and changing it.
    Nice thread. That Onitsha girl though. :)
     
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  15. Izu

    Izu Admin Staff Member

    Our Onitsha girl according to wiki -
    Onitsha Laquis Shaw (born July 16, 1980), who goes by the stage name Onitsha, is an American gospel musician. Her first album, Church Girl, was released by Stillwaters Records in 2007. This album was a Billboard magazine breakthrough release upon the Gospel Albums chart.
     

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