SOBRIQUETS AS A CATALYST FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT: THE IGBO EXAMPLE
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Gender, Culture and Development in Africa.Texas: Pan-African University Press
The most obvious way in which we negotiate the world through language is by what we choose to call ourselves (Labelle, 2011). Naming is a primary way of identifying someone. Maalej (2009) posits that ‘the objective of every act of naming is to make what is named knowable and communicable’ (p.35). In the society, people identify and address one another by name. Names mean something – not just in an etymological sense but in a synchronic sense. They carry important pragmatic meanings which color and even shape the character of human interaction(Wierzbicka, 1992, as cited inDe Klerk & Bosch, 1996). The definition shows that there is much in a name. One needs also to be careful in the choice of name(s) he or she takes and the one he or she gives to another when in a position to do so. Names affect the totality of a person’s life.