These are the beautiful African names of some of my students. There is constant laughter as I try to remember and pronounce these exotic names.
Olele . . .Obudo . . . Otieno . . . Matete . . . Yakub . . .Mwangangi . . . Peninah . . . Levis
My class of 71 students has grown to 82 students.
In this one class I have women named:
Charity . . . Faith . . . Purity . . . and Salome
In this one class I have men named:
Kelvin . . . Kelvinson . . . Kelvine . . . and Kevin
And in this one class I have students with names of the friends of my parents, names from the past, names of another generation, no longer common in America but flourishing in Africa:
Nancy . . . Francis . . . Jean . . . Victor . . . Nelson . . . and George
The surnames are Kenyan poetry:
Kimani . . . Kipkemboi . . . Kathambi . . . Kimwama . . . Nyabasa . . . Njoki . . . Njeri . . . Ngeno . . . Nguta . . . Mwangi . . . Mwende . . . Momanyi . . . Muriithi . . . Mwaniki . . . Wangari . . . Wairimu . . . Wanjiku . . . Wachira . . . and Onono
Oh. No. No. I have pride in learning names quickly. I am struggling.