Is Kene or Kehinde the same as Kenny? 

Is Kene or Kehinde the Same as Kenny?

By Azuka Onwuka

Kenechukwu or Kehinde is not the same thing as Kenny. Kenny or Ken is not the short form of Kenechukwu. The short form is Kene (or KC).

Kenny is not the short form of Kehinde. Ke-ke or K can be the short form of Kehinde.

Obajimi/Olujimi is not the same name as Jimmy. Jimi is the short form of Obajimi or Olujimi.

Osagie is not the same as Saggy. Osa is sweet and funky. Osagie is not too long to be shortened.

One boy was not happy with his Arabic name Barack (AbdulMubarack) and how unWestern and non-classy it sounded among his peers. So he rejigged it to Barry. It felt good. It sounded cool. He felt better.

Barry was sexy but Barack was not. Barry would attract more girls than Barack. Barry would attract more friends than Barack. Barry would not attract questions like Barack.

But later in life, he came back to his senses and asked himself why he needed to be ashamed of his name. He wondered why he had to deny his name because he wanted to sound like others. He started writing his name proudly as Barack Obama. His self-confidence and can-do spirit  took him to the White House in spite of his colour that he thought was a minus.

Your name is part of your identity. It should be a thing of pride and joy to you, not shame.

If others flaunt their names, flaunt yours.

If they flaunt their colour, flaunt yours.

If they flaunt their hair, flaunt yours.

If they flaunt their history, and ancestry, flaunt yours.

Coffee is not better than tea: it all depends on the marketing. Chicken is not better than turkey: it all depends on the marketing. So package yourself like the best brand in the world, and see your rating soar.

Someone said that nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission. That is true.

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