Volume 3, Issue 1, 2014
Benson Ohihon Igboin
An African Religious Discourse on Names and Identity
African names are not philosophical rhetoric, but they are believed to convey deep intrinsic significance for the bearer and the community as a whole. It is
argued that African names evaluate nature, essence as well as provide a string of relationship between the living and the dead. This paper argued that though
African names function thus much, the various incursions into Africa have continued to vitrify their context, nature and continuum. Through the gristmill of
religious interpretive framework, it is argued that if this trend remains unabated, African names as part of African religious cultural value or heritage would in no
distant time ebb into oblivion.