It took moving to America for me to change my colonized name: Ciku Kimeria, Africa Regional Communications Manager, Dalberg

Kenyan pride

“Kah-ri-ye!!” That is my earliest memory of hearing my English name spoken and it dates to the early 90s on the field at my primary school in Nairobi. Even then, that name felt like an older sibling’s hand-me-downs never quite fitting well.


That was my name, but I never quite knew how to pronounce it. It was there on all my official documents and on the tip of my tongue for whenever I was asked, “What is your Christian name?”

In the naming convention of the Kikuyu people, I as the second daughter of my parents, was named after my maternal grandmother.

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