Letters to my Daughter (2): Behind The Name
By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa
Naming a child is a big deal in African cultures.
Even as times are changing, a person’s name plays a major role in the shaping of one’s destiny.
You should know my baby, that mom is a believer.
I believe in individuality,
As I believe in culture and tradition.
So you can understand how finding the perfect name for you was difficult.
At first I thought I should combine Mom and Dad’s names
Cheesy isn’t it?
I realized that a mere combination wouldn’t be powerful enough for the dynamite that is you.
For you’re loved more fiercely than gold
How about Chimamanda?
The courage of the unseen is our strength.
For you will grow to be an African Goddess
Fierce, strong, and precious
I could name you Ndabenhle
Beautiful story, seed of the writer
So many name in Africa, all so powerful
Language doesn’t matter, Africa is one
Your name should represent the force that you are
Daughter of the soil
Future leader and creator
Let your name proudly pave your way
Let it proudly label your being