As an African, I have come to realise that names are as important as anything. There's a Nigerian proverb which says: "The name one gives his dog is the name the dog is likely to answer". Most Nigerians believe that the name one bears has a way of shaping certain behavior and decisions of such an individual. But as preposterous as it may sound, there's still some truth behind it. This is why special care and consideration are taken before one names a child. Here in Nigeria, the name one bears is likely to either have a story or message behind it. For instance, my native name is "Enyinna" (anglicized as "Ayinna" ) which means "father's friend" while the name of my twin sister is "Nnenna" which is loosly translated as "her mother's father". (In the eastern part of Nigeria, Nnenna is a feminine name given to girls who are believed to be the reincarnation of their paternal grandmother). Such kind of factors, experience and events are considered while naming a child in Africa. If you don't mind, I'd like to know if there's a story, message or a meaning behind your name.