A Little Introduction: Names & Words

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).

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Young Wunms in 2006.

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.

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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.

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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.

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God bless you!

Wunms.

(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)

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A 22-years-young Christian, Law graduate, trying to navigate life through Christ. This blog is partly a self-development project, but also I just want to inspire us all to do what we're supposed to be doing. I pray that you are blessed by this space! - Wunms.

30 thoughts on “A Little Introduction: Names & Words

  1. Absolutely love this post!! Reminds me of my fave quote by Warsan Shire – give your daughter beautiful names. I’m too lazy to find the whole thing but yeah it speaks volumes. There’s so much power in a name and well done to you for embracing yours. Loving the blog and looking forward to reading more! ❀️❀️❀️❀️

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    1. Thanks so much Tani!

      I had to google it because it sounded so good & it is! Full quote:
      “Give your daughters difficult names. Give your daughters names that command the full use of tongue. My name makes you want to tell me the truth. My name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right.” – wow, I love this! Xx

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  2. Wunmi I enjoy your blog so much already and I don’t think I have ever seen an African name butched like yours was! Keep it up πŸ™‹πŸ½πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎ

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  3. Aw this was a lovely read and I look forward to further additions! You make me giggle, and I would like to apologise in case I was ever one of the 1me group…

    That photo though! Haha. I remember that day. Our faces are classic!

    Great read, carry on πŸ™‚

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      1. I really enjoyed your piece and l like your courage and boldness. I have to change my name to Sally from SOLA when l was tired of correcting people so I am now known as Sister Sally

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        1. Thank you so much Sola! I’m glad you enjoyed it and I hope it encourages you to embrace who you truly are. It’s never too late to own your name πŸ™‚

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  4. My Omowunmi, am so loving this dearie! No doubt, you’ve got the gift! This was beautifully expressed! Congratulations! Looking forward to more!😘😘😘

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