Say It In Igbo: Jisie Ike

A year ago, my husband and I were blessed with our son. When we first became pregnant, I urged my husband to choose our son’s name and he obliged by selecting Osinachi which means “it comes from God” or “gift of the Creator.” Though I knew that our son could possibly look forward to a lifetime of confusion from our fellow American neighbors, it was important to me that our child be constantly reminded that he was Igbo. I wanted our son to know his heritage, to understand that he had a strong and unbroken link to his ancestors—to be confident in the fact that he had a definitive identity and culture of his own built on a centuries-old foundation. I never wanted our son to f...

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