I went to the bank yesterday and I got the same response I always get when I tell people my name. Weird pronunciations, funny facial expressions and a mix of suppressed laughter or the linking of my name with a part of history. Sometimes, it gets uncomfortable until it does not. Overtime, I have learnt to embrace every part of me (which includes my name) that reminds me of who I am.
Most times when we meet someone newly, we get the opportunity of having to represent ourselves without having to hide behind titles and accolades. If you have a name like the one I bear- Ochez and it is pronounced as Ohchiz, Purchase or something else, then you would relate better with this post. Also, if you bear a generic name like David, Daniel or Samuel, or your name has some not-so-familiar letters of the alphabet like Q or Z, then we can make a fist bump. (Throwback to sharing a coke with…insert your name).
What is in a name?
A name is more like a tag you wear about telling or rather advertising who you are in order to sell yourself first and maybe a product or service. It’s more like branding. Once a product is known for something or a particular quality or taste, it becomes authentic that seeing that product, you see a quality which is perceived as what it stands for. Sometimes a name makes a person and sometimes it is the other way around. You probably might not be sure of which camp you belong to now, but sooner or earlier, you’d get to know.
I came across a tweet recently that was about a boy who got to know his mum wanted to name him Happy. Honestly, I laughed at the thought of it.
A picture I came across had an inscription that read something like ‘it’s not what they call you that matters, it’s what you answer to that matters’. So give yourself a name and rep it well.
If you have a name like David, no offense there’s a very high probability that you had difficulty in either opening an email address, Instagram account, Facebook account or better still a username for official or private use. I never have to worry about bearing Ocheche2345…smiles. Names are beautiful.
A name makes you want to celebrate your heritage. It is more like an impetus for owning it. You never can tell especially when it’s somewhat difficult to pronounce or your name is just so divinely beautiful. Talk about nicknames you love, conversation starters and the meanings attached to a name. C’mon chum (plays I by Kendrick Lamar till it fades…)
‘We are braver and wiser because they existed, those strong women and strong men. We are who we are because they were who they were. It’s wise to know where you come from, who called your name’. -Maya Angelou
Never underestimate the power of love. I am Johnson Ocheche Mitchell and I love my name!
Do well to introduce yourself and say something about your name in the comment box below Chum.