What’s In A Name?
In 2019, I had what I believed was an amazing idea; a mini-documentary featuring my grandfather, my father and myself. I am in love with history and culture, and strongly feel that there is so much more Nigerians could be sharing with the world about who we are. There is a lot about our different cultures and traditions to be proud of; the way we dress, what we eat, our languages, our folklores/tales, the way we celebrate or mourn, and of course, our names (Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list, just a few of the things that came to mind immediately.).
Anyway, I got excited and spoke to my business partner and co-creator about it, but didn’t have any urgency around the project. Then, the pandemic happened, and my grandfather died. I miss him a lot, and one of my biggest regrets is not creating this project with him. Stories are important, and having recorded stories; written down, audio or video is very precious.
Regret is, however, mostly useless and I refused to dwell on that. Mid-April, my amazing team at Salt & Truth brought the beginning of my vision to life. To me, names are really important and hold incredible value and that’s all down to my tribe and my culture. Traditionally, in Yoruba culture, a child is named 8 days after they are born, and there is an entire ceremony around it (and a party) where the names and meanings are announced to friends and family. The names a child is given tell stories; the story of the family lineage, the circumstances around the childbirth, and most importantly, the hopes and dreams the parents have for the child. So every time that child’s name is called, a prayer is said, and a blessing is proclaimed. Isn’t that amazing?
My hope for “Who Do You Think You Are” is that it becomes a series in some form; an ad campaign sponsored online series, commissioned mini-series for a platform… I don’t mind. I would love to talk to people from different cultures and tribes across Nigeria, Africa, and the world about their names and where they come from. So I really need your help. Please, please, please watch the video, like and comment on the video, subscribe to the channel, and most importantly share it every single place you can. Share it on all your social media platforms, share it with your family, friends, colleagues, and enemies. Any and everybody. The more people see it, the better its chances!
Finally, please share with me your honest thoughts and any stories around your name or surname. I really do want to know