Some Nigerians have interesting names. Some were named based on the circumstances surrounding their birth. Some names are like a sentence, subjecting the bearer to a life of interrogations or outright mockery. Such names run out of runway space when forms are being filled.
Fasten your seat belts, this is going to be a long flight with several stopovers.

One was called Felix Strongfacenodeybrakebone
He didn’t win the champions league with Barca
But he did win multiple cups of free palm wine and gworo at the local draft Bundesliga
A tournament played by men afraid to go home under the Baobab tree at Bundu waterside.


What of Larinka Agogotinkawakatiojo
He was an ugly short man with a long name
He tried but couldn’t win the heart of any girl in our community
Before he died, his last words were, “Na thunder go kill poverty”.


Here lies Akpan Suffernomore Goddey.
He got so drunk on the Tombo served freely at Mama Fynefacenopimple’s birthday
After, he had a big quarrel with his sandals because the buckles broke at Elipopodu junction
He walked away barefooted after telling the stupid sandals to find its way to the house on its own.


Meet Unfortunate Oyinbo Sailor
For so his Grandfather named him
He was shipped into Nigeria by his German Sailor Father and a fish hawker Nigerian mother
Now he leaves in the waterside with pale skin pigmentation and face that says he ought to be somewhere else but there.


Meet Corper2009
A child so named it tells his story
His father served as a Corper in a Riverine state
And ran away after impregnating the gin sellers daughter.

What of Monday Tuesday Otaighobue
For so his grandmother called him
His offence was the timing of his birth
He was born on Monday and the village bush market got burnt on Tuesday.


I met a man called Fearwoman at airport Junction one day
I thought he was joking
He said No Sir, na my name be dat
D name weak me for bodi
E don tay wey this world no balance again.

To read another prosy story, click on the link Pains of the other Woman

So if you are a CHILD hoping to be born and you wish to be born here, make sure you check the day you will enter here o. If you came and there is a power outage, you may be named Nepatakelight Generatorropecut.

What interesting Nigerian /African names do you know? Hit me with your comments in the comments section below.

Caveat-This names are a product of the Authors imagination and have no resemblance to anyone living or dead.

Is na me be dis.

Ya one and only bonafide and erudite homeboy Traveling Poet wey neva travel since March 2020 because e bin dey fear Covid-19, saying: Una doo.


Ndukwe Michael Kalu · October 3, 2020 at 5:06 am

Wow!!! This is such a beauriful piece… Well done Sir

    Ovyay · October 3, 2020 at 5:20 am

    Thanks Endy. I appreciateπŸ˜‚

Milla · October 3, 2020 at 5:16 am

Had a friend in primary school whose name was Bright. Funny how he always came last in class. The name no work for am.

    Ovyay · October 3, 2020 at 5:19 am

    Haa πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

KG · October 3, 2020 at 5:17 am

, πŸ€£πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„.

    Ovyay · October 3, 2020 at 5:18 am


Ajibola oke · October 3, 2020 at 5:20 am

Nice one. I knew someone who answer Jumishikiorisegbemitoha- meaning leave me alone let God do what he wants with me

    Ovyay · October 3, 2020 at 5:22 am

    Ol’boy ee, πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ This one weak me . This name thick oπŸ˜€

Comrade Ayobami · October 3, 2020 at 6:18 am


    Ovyay · October 3, 2020 at 6:25 am


Tunde Akinseye · October 3, 2020 at 6:47 am

There are names and there are name. Some names will either reset or break your jaw while pronouncing them.

    Ovyay · October 3, 2020 at 6:52 am

    Na so o πŸ₯‚

Esu Agbaedeng · October 3, 2020 at 8:16 am

Wawu is my way of starting, I have a friend whose nah is bad chikano you dont want to hear the rest of the gist. I was named after an event that should lead to fight in my community hence the name Esu-ikup which means let there be peace. There are names and there are names indeed like a footballer known as DRINKWATER. Nice piece sir.

    Ovyay · October 3, 2020 at 9:18 am

    Yes o. I used to know one called Suffer. She was born during the civil war in Nigeria πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Bunmi Julius · October 3, 2020 at 8:21 pm

Am sure their children will feel sad when they hear people call their father(s) such names.🀣🀣🀣🀣

    Ovyay · October 3, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    Abi oπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Femare · October 15, 2020 at 4:50 am

Hilarious. Diction is impeccable. You are a blessing to our world. More Grace.

    Ovyay · October 18, 2020 at 5:17 am

    Thanks so much Fe.

      Dabira · October 26, 2020 at 12:26 am

      🀣🀣🀣ye!!.. I didn’t realize dis stuff until secondary School where one of my classmates was bearing a name that meant “wetin I do una?”πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚..she said it’s because her father’s blossoming finance went down..I used to pity herπŸ˜‚

        Ovyay · October 26, 2020 at 3:44 am

        Haa, that is another interesting name Dabisco. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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