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Africans with weird names

In countries like South Africa and Namibia, names usually have a meaning. They usually signify the event or circumstances surrounding a child’s birth or they represent the parent’s wishes and hopes for a child’s future. The introduction of English names for black people, however, has produced some hilarious results



We recently came across some a compilation of identity documents from The Apricity belonging to some unfortunate southern Africans who have been blessed with some weird names. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad.

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It’s pretty clear that this gentleman’s parents had high aspirations for his educational pursuits


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One can only hope that ‘Jacko’ over here was not as ‘Wacko’ as his namesake

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Okay, so this one isn’t English. It’s colloquial seTswana, a South African language. While his first name makes reference to male genitalia, the middle name is Afrikaans for ‘Pumpkin’.

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Hmm. ‘Thoko Promise Magagula’ usually evokes the image of a woman of African descent. The photo, however, does not.

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Well, what can one say about this?

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In 1963, two South African rands could get you so much than what they can get you these days

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If Victor really lived up to his middle name, he must be one of the most chilled out brothers around

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Most parents can fully agree with this name