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“My Name, My Identity!” – Watch the Video of Spoken Word Poetry by Femi Amogunla



What is in a name? According to poet and writer Femi Amogunla, an African name is more than just a name. He believes that African names define our cultural identy and our circumstances. “The poet draws on personal examples of the challenges that he has faced when it comes to his name, and draws on how he has been able to keep bearing his name despite these.

The poem also shows the challenges of holding on to this culture of naming in a fast changing world. The narrator refuses any other version of his name, and takes pride in what he’s called. Rendered in English, this poem has a universal appeal, yet it is sprinkled with local Yoruba language, the poet calls the audience to a different language, to a different culture. It also makes use of accepted codes of culture like music. Finally, it educates others about African lives, African pride and the struggle of the African past.

In this video, the poet presents spoken word with a twist. Perhaps poetry will be enjoyed better in this format?

Watch and share your thoughts.


  1. Godslove22

    July 28, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Wow this is a educational and interesting video……..VERY NICE

  2. GreenDiamond

    July 28, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    loooool NICE!!

  3. Teddy Bear

    July 28, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    OMG! I luved it! I smiled all the way through! I wish my people understood the importance of preserving our culture….sigh…

  4. Msunderstood

    July 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed this. So proud of my culture.
    My name is oluwadamilola.

  5. Glory

    July 28, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Soo much love 4 dis……On ponit

  6. Shaddy

    July 28, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Really nice

  7. Funke medina

    July 28, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    OMG!!! he has read my mind…I especially cant sand the “ph”‘ & the “r’ people keep putting in front of their names. or the abbreiviations they claim to use but would spell a o 2-letter word with 4 letters :-s lots of people these days cover up the fact that they cant spell with abbreviations
    please tell them “your name – your identity”… it!!!

  8. Wale

    July 29, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Quite thought provoking

  9. deep

    July 29, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Amen! Tell em Olorunfemijuwonlo Amogunla!

  10. NNENNE

    July 29, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Very creative! My name is my identity too.

  11. Hurperyermie

    July 29, 2013 at 8:47 am

    love ittttttttttttttttttttttttt

  12. jinkelele

    July 29, 2013 at 8:56 am

    my thoughts too, i love our names. By the way can anyone tell me how to get yoruba language on a pc with all the accent and stuff.

  13. Temizzy

    July 29, 2013 at 10:21 am

    wooow, this is soo nice. Please I need to know where one can learn this dance. I love this dance soo much. Thank you.
    Someone who can do this dances can start a dance studio. instead of me spending money to learn salsa I rather learn this but there is no place to learn*sad face*

    • jinkelele

      July 29, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      i think its ‘bata’ dance so its links should be from oyo state. Not sure whether they teach this but most theatre arts schools in the south west teach this and those who practice dance at national theatre in surulere would know as well.

  14. Ejeh Prince Innocent Ako

    July 29, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    My name is my Identity. I belief my value and i respect them. Am a Nigerian Proudly Africa

  15. Tenny

    July 29, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    This is it! God bless you real good for doing this!

  16. Lala

    August 15, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this. My name is my identity. My parents did not even give me any english name so…. I PROUDLY USE MY YORUBA NAME!!!! Hahahahahah… Nice one!!!

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