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When I was born, I didn't have a name. My
parents didn't give me one. As is the tradition
in my country, I was called 'little mouse,'
just like every other little child in our
village up to the age of six months.
see, in our culture we try to choose a name
that says something about the personality
of the child, or how he or she looks. But
this is difficult because for the first
few months, babies don't really have a personality,
and, to be honest, they all look the same
anyway (well, almost the same). So how can
we give them a name? That's why we wait
until we know what kind of person the child
is and what he or she is going to look like.
And all that takes about six months.
probably think that this is a strange thing
to do, but we think that what happens in
your country is strange. You often choose
a name for your child before it is even
born. And sometimes it doesn't matter if
it's a boy or a girl. For example, my English
friends are going to have a baby soon. They
are going to name it Francis if it's a boy
or Frances if it's a girl. Imagine that!
how did I get my name, you ask. My parents
tell me that when I was six months old they
started to call me different names to see
how I reacted. With some names I cried,
with others I did nothing. But when my mother
one day called me 'Olu,' I smiled and my
eyes were bright. 'That's it!' my mother
said. 'We will call her Olu.'
what does my name mean? It means 'sunshine'…
and I love it!
The writer had no name
when she was born.
All very young babies were called little
in her village.
She thinks very young babies don't have
She thinks it strange to choose a name for
a child before it
is born .
The writer's English friends will name their
The writer smiled
when her mother first called her Olu.
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