Hi guys, welcome to my new blog. I thought it would only be right to introduce myself in my first post so here goes…
Let’s get straight to the koko of the matter. My full name is Omowunmi, which means “I desire a child” in Yoruba. I’ve always thought this is such a powerful statement and I have learned that to be desired is a truly beautiful thing.
Fun fact: Yoruba is believed to be the most widely spoken African language outside of Africa.
So yes, my name is Omowunmi but you can call me Wunmi or Wunms for short (pronounced wh-ums – and that definitely does NOT rhyme with RUMMY/RUMS, GUMMY/GUMS, BUMMY/BUMS etc).
My parents enrolled me in school with this very ethnic-sounding-eight-lettered name – I wouldn’t appreciate the significance of this until I was a bit older. I should probably flag now that most people habitually misspell all variations of my name and that has been the case since I could read or write. I wish I was joking, but in my second primary school where I held my ground as The Only Black Girl for many years, I received Christmas cards addressed with c-o-n-f-i-d-e-n-c-e in fruity scented gel pens to “1me”. YES O! 1me as in, the number one. A digit. (I hope you’re starting to get a picture of the level of creativity (or ignorance?) that went into remixing my name).
Ahhhhh Onowumnee is so bleedin’ ‘ard to say anyway. We speak English here mate.
Can you imagine? To add insult to injury, these bizarre misspellings of my name continued even when I signed off my Christmas cards to them in bold capital letters,
O M O W U N M I.
I suppose I could have just gone by my unofficial, uninspired English name and pretended to be someone or something that I’m not. But I wasn’t going to let anyone dictate to me how I should identify. To this day, I still don’t know who “1me” is. May they never find her.
In summary, my experiences over the past 21 years have given me a strange attachment to my name and the power of words in general. Hence, my blog is self-titled and I firmly believe that your words have so much potential to impact people and that is exactly what I am striving to do with mine.
This is an all inclusive Christian lifestyle (Christyle!) blog. I started wunms.co.uk partly as a self-development exercise but also as a creative outlet to express my views on products, (mis)conceptions, places and everything in between. I will mainly write about things related to my faith, beauty, reviews, music and musings on life. I have a lot to say and I can’t wait to share. If I’m able to bless even just one person through my very, very varied content I’ll be so happy.
So that’s all for now folks. Just remember, whether your name has an unconventional meaning or not, you should take pride in it and introduce yourself with surety. Why? Because you are an individually unique creation. A wonderful work. Carefully knitted. And there is no-one else on this earth that can be you, better than you can. If that isn’t mind blowing then I don’t know what is.
God bless you!
(Btw, since I’ve finally finished my degree I’m very active across all of my social medias so let’s talk fam! Unsurprisingly I’m “wunms” on everything)