I don’t know why I never discovered prompts until now. I spent the better part of my week reading through daily prompts from 2015 until date. One of the most interesting prompts I found was one where bloggers were asked to write about their first name. You can read what other people wrote here. It’s been quite nice reading other blogs. I feel like there is a whole untapped community out there 🙂
One funny post I stumbled on was about a lady who was named ‘April’ but she was born in May (hilarious right!).
People who met me before 2010 know me by a different name – my first name. Unfortunately, I never really liked my first name. I just never really connected with it.
My first name is Olámidé which I always thought meant ‘my wealth has arrived’ until I had a conversation with my dad last year and he said it actually meant ‘my honour has arrived’. It was in fact Olàmidé that translated to ‘my wealth has arrived.’ Now both may look the same to you but notice the intonation marks on the ‘a’ – Yup! in Yoruba language, one change in intonation mark could give a whole new meaning to words spelt the same way.
Anyway, 2010 came and that was the year I decided to go officially by my middle name Amina. Not only did the name have a beautiful history, it also had a meaning I connected to. Amina means safe one – someone who is protected from all that causes fear. I remember that year being the one I finally let go of a lot of fears.
So, this leads me to the question – Does your name define you?
“Names have power
– Rick Riordan”
I watched as this tiny person wriggled in my arms
Every tear, every cry
Made me want to hold her even closer
Bright as the rising son
Just like her fathers
I sat there
Imagining all the things
You could be described as
I hope you would be
As brave as a lion
Into your gorgeous brown eyes
All the wonderful stories
The ones my mother told me
Of brave women warriors
And of the ones
Who bore great men
Those wonderful stories
Who were noble and free
Who were great scholars
Not just because the stories made me happy
But because at that moment
That your name would be inscribed
In the great history books
So tell me, what is your name? What does it mean?
** Photo credit for Featured Image – Sheroes