Here in the US, there are people who were named after American towns and cities. So, you have people with names like:
- Dallas (as in Dallas, Texas)
- Dakota (as in South Dakota)
- America (no explanation necessary)
But, with Nigerians, it's different. I am aware that we use names of towns and cities as nicknames as in Mama Calabar, Iya Ijesha, Baba Ibadan or Ada Owerri but these names do not appear on anyone's birth certificate. I hope.
As adventurous as we can sometimes be with naming children, I haven't heard anyone naming their child the following:
The irony is that some of our towns were actually named after the people who founded the towns and settled there. Does it happen vice-versa too? Anyway, naming a child after a town might be fine. At least, it is still better than calling a child 'Junior.' Don't even get me started on that one.
Do you know anyone named after a town, city, village in Nigeria? Please share!