The African Book of Names: 5000 Common and Uncommon Names from the African Continent

The African Book of Names: 5000 Common and Uncommon Names from the African Continent
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January 24, 2009
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From an author who adopted an African name as an adult, comes the most all-inclusive book of African names. The African Book of Names: 5,000+ Common and Uncommon Names from the African Continent offers readers names organized by theme from 37 countries and at least 70 different ethnolinguistic groups. Destined to become a classic keepsake, The African Book of Names shares in depth insight about the spiritual, social, and political importance of names from Angola to Zimbabwe. The most far-reaching book on the subject, this timely, informative resource guide vibrates with the culture of Africa and encourages Blacks across the world to affirm their African origins by selecting African names. In addition to thousands of names from north, south, east, central and west Africa, the book shares: - A checklist of dos and don'ts to consider when choosing a name - A guide to conducting your own African-centered naming ceremony - A 200-year naming calendar

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Reader reviewed by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, The Original H.I.R. (Historical Investigative Reporter)

If youve ever wondered about the meaning of your name, desired to change your name, or agonized over choosing the perfect name for your precious little African prince or princess, there is a new resource that celebrates the naming ways of Africa.  The African Book of Names:  5000 Common and Uncommon Names From The African Continent, by Askhari Johnson Hodari, Ph.D. is that resource. 

Hailed as the most current and comprehensive book on the subject of African names, The African Book of Names examines and defines wonderful and mysterious names from 37 African countries and 70+ ethno-linguistic groups.  Dr. Hodaris passion for her subject shines as she helps her readers choose names based on a variety of themes, including religion; birth order; physical and/or spiritual characteristics; beauty, courage, bravery whatever is most important to the researcher at the time of the search.  She even offers a checklist of do's and donts to consider when choosing a name, and teaches her readers how to conduct their own African-centered naming ceremony.

The African Book of Names is a necessary and timely resource, especially at this moment in history, when we with loving arms embrace our first African American Commander-in-Chief.  Writers, researchers, adults seeking to re-invent themselves, parents in search of the perfect names for their newborns&even readers who simply want to know the meaning behind the glorious name of Barack Obama, will all benefit from this goldmine of information.

Hats off to you, Dr. Hodari, and your wonderful contribution to African American literature.

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