All publications of Jacob Kudzayi Mutisi . Marondera , Zimbabwe
Remember Malcolm X refused to be called by a slave surname. …………Let us start with the name. The day that I met a black American executive, who told me that my name is not Jacob, it is a slave name, is the day that made me realise how important it is to be an African. I have an identity, a name with a meaning, l have a heritage and I have a history to maintain. The reason being, he had to further ask me to give my real name which is Kudzayi, and he said Ku….. what? Because he just could not pronounce it but he said to me it sounds like “cool guy”.
I had to further explain how I got the name Jacob which was my grand-father’s name. The fact is I was born in Rhodesia, a then British colony. During that era to be baptised one had to have a Christian name and for one to be registered by the Birth registrar one of your names had to be English, which was a process of colonising the mind.
During our conversation he went further to say, you should be proud of your African heritage. We were brought to America as slaves. The first thing that the slave masters did was take away my identity by changing my fore-fathers names which they could not pronounce. That was the end of who we were and the end of being an African. To see a black African proud of using the name Jacob, a Christian, colonial name which has no meaning to you and your family is a traversy.
Following the killing of Geroge Floyd the African is now searching for an identity and the first port of call is for a true African to reflect and change his slave and colonial name, than to demand for removal of a statue that gave you your new identity.
For a true African who knows his history, heritage, identity and origin, to be called or to give their child the names John, James, George, Thomas, Robert etc should now be a thing of the past. Give your child the name kudzayi, Tendai, Siyaphi, Nothando, Dumisani, Velaphi, Hlupo, etc.
We have African parents from Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Zambia and other African countries who have emigrated to the USA, Europe, Australia and Asia that now believe their child should not speak or learn their native language which they consider to be inferior and backwards. This is shameful and disgraceful considering that they still want to be associated with their homelands, which they discredit when given an opportunity.
To be a true African and be recognised as an African, All Black Africans around the world should now change their names to be African names. We need to change from the mindset of our great grand fathers and mothers who were made to believe that having English names is prestigious and for your child not to speak your native language is complete and utterly nonsensical and stupid .
Your African name, heritage and identity should be your pride.
Engineer “Jacob” Kudzayi Mutisi