Expat Gaze Part 4 – Ugandan Names

“The family name comes first, the "first name" comes second. (And) Ugandan names are hellish to pronounce.”Francisco Toro Uganda’s sustaining legacies of colonialism include one’s “first name” not being their “family name”; and in many cases not a Ugandan name. Our colonizers required that we have their names as our "religious names"; and it is… Continue reading Expat Gaze Part 4 – Ugandan Names

Iteso names are vanishing

In the past, it would be like, today a woman in the other home has delivered a baby and we would all go for etal (a custom – in this case,  ceremonies to celebrate the birth of a new child). Part of the naming ceremony was that when a name is given, the mother gives… Continue reading Iteso names are vanishing

I am Alinga

Culturally, my first name is Alinga. A week after I was born I was named in an Iteso naming ceremony. I was named after the mother of my father, my grandmother Ajakait Joyce Mary Alinga. My name Alinga is part of my social capital. Within Iteso culture the name that one is given signifies one’s… Continue reading I am Alinga

Culturally, my first name is Alinga

A week after I was born I was named in an Iteso naming ceremony. I was named after the mother of my father, my grandmother, the matriarch Ajakait Joyce Mary Alinga, may her soul continue to rest in power. But, I was born in the 1960s after Christianity had taken root in Uganda. At the… Continue reading Culturally, my first name is Alinga

A poem about the meaning of our names

Our journey begun in the spirit of MUFURUKI – an immigrant – in our case, one who crossed borders in search of a solution to the leadership challenge of East Africa and Africa as a whole. The spirit of MUFURUKI combined with ZUHURA – a beautiful scented flower – to entice us into a BOMANI… Continue reading A poem about the meaning of our names