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My Name

My Name

My Name

A name, many people say, is a map or a signpost – in Uganda, a name tells people your ethnic group or the clan. In some communities, a name tells people the family you come from, the position you occupy in the birth hierarchy (that is to say, if he or she is first- or middle- or last-born) or the circumstances surrounding your birth. In English my name means gift or given. In my mother tongue it means too many letters-Kyogabirwe. It was given to me by my father telling God that you have given me a girl when I already have many girls. This is a given, I cannot change it.

As a young girl, I was proud of my name but as I grew up I begun to hate it- just because of how it sounded. To make it worse, when it is shortened Kyoga, it becomes a name of a lake in Northern Uganda-Lake Kyoga. While in secondary school, I used to admire other students names because they sounded good and had better meaning. As an adult, I have come to appreciate my name as a gift from God and I am proud of it.

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