Names like Nwammiri, Nwiyi, Nwangene, etc are normally classified by Igbo Christians as paganish | #NwokeukwuMascot
By Michael Odenigbo
April 8, 2023.
Names like Nwammiri, Nwiyi, Nwangene, etc are normally classified by Igbo Christians as paganish because they are related to river.
Personally I know of a family that changed their surname from Nwiyi to Philip. Today they use the English name Philip as their surname which is their business tho.
However, what I find laughable is not even them changing their name, but the fact that one of them who was the person that initiated the change proudly bears the name Kelvin, and his reason for changing the family surname was because according to him, Nwiyi is peganish and doesn’t speak well of them as Christians.
This is laughable tho. It’s funny because he was not aware that his name Kelvin means “River man; from the river;friend of river” which was derived from a narrow wooded river in Scotland.
Thus, the same Kelvin as a name means same thing with their surname Nwiyi which they he changed, just that one is native and the other is foreign.
This is how we Africans have so much hated ourselves to the extent that we glorify foreign things and tag ours evil.
“Mmiri bu mmiri” (water is water). There’s no difference between those who go to river Jordan to pray and those who goes to mmiri Adada to do same thing.
If your name is Kelvin, you’re simply “Nwamiri, Nwiyi, or Nwangene” by name.