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Beyonce and Jay-Z finally welcomed their bundle of joy Blue Ivy Carter this past Saturday. At one point the name Tiana-May was speculated but now the official name has been confirmed. Of course a lot of fans are scratching their heads pondering the name choice. Some think it’s perfectly eclectic while others think it’s too far out of their grasp of reasoning.

We now live in a very futuristic and chaotic era where the pressure to be unique is a heightened state of mind. But what happened to the good old days when naming your child had cultural and traditional incentives. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being inventive as long as the end result is a reachable concept.

In Africa, babies names are derived form family threads and cultural symbolisms. This pattern has held great significance for decades but even the immigrants who have settled in the US have opted to reject those priceless ideals and are opting for names that are universally ambiguous. Fair enough, we all have the right to name our offspring whatever we want, even if it references a color palette, or a fruit or even a country.

But it sure would be nice to see a celeb name their child something familial and tangible because believe it or not those monikers truly stand the test of time.

– Ezinne Ukoha

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