Zimbabweans’ love affair with strange names

Former vice president Gilbert Balibaseka Bukenya. File Photo.

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Like playwright and poet William Shakespeare put it, “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” The Zimbabweans seem to think likewise as they give their children such interesting names such as Jealous and Psychology.

We have all grown up with people called Hope, Peace, Grace or their vernacular translations and this seems normal. Parents chose the names largely to celebrate overcoming a huddle like waiting long to have a child or a child had during challenging times or situations. Others name children in the faithful belief that the name will shape the child’s path to success in life. Others use the name to simply send a message to their foes.


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