Veteran and celebrated broadcaster Broadcaster Kwasi Kyei Darwkah popularly known as KKD says Africans with English names are mentally enslaved.
Speaking on Zylofon FM, he noted that bearing our local names is a way of holding our culture in high esteem.
Throwing more light on his opinion, he explained that Europeans who were colonial masters forced English names on the people of Africa in an attempt to wipe the African culture out, therefore, bearing an English name is an indication of the fact that they are still in control.
“Are our names so evil? Are they so bad that because you want to go to church, somebody has to change your name? I don’t understand it. So I insisted on using Kwasi Kyei Darwkah to make a statement that the first name is not English, the middle name is not English and the last names certainly not English,” he said.
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.
“Think of your ancestors who were whipped on the back and forced to accept another man’s names. Why then in freedom do I still want to fall into that trap and call myself by another man’s name.
“Whatever they do elsewhere, we can do same here but we don’t have to be like them because we are we and they are they,” he added while singing Bob Marley’s song, ‘Redemption Song’.