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Namibian custom of giving babies, shame on you

Namibian custom of giving babies, shame on you

WINDHOEK: A Namibian custom of giving babies embarrassing names like “shame on you” could be a thing of the past, if one of the country’s lawmakers has his way.

Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Peya Mushelenga told AFP on Friday he wants a legal ban on the practice of vengeful fathers calling their children names like “Ndalipo” — “I was there”.

Namibian custom of giving babies, shame on you
Namibian custom of giving babies, shame on you

Such names are relatively common among Namibia’s dominant Aawambo tribe.

“Fathers cannot use naming opportunities to take revenge (on) mothers,” said Mushelenga.

“The issue of naming has emotional and psychological effects on the child who carries the name for the rest of his or her life,” he said.

“It is bad for parents to settle scores through giving children ridiculous names.”

Many countries around the world have restrictions on permissible children’s names.

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