Recently, there has been a lot of hullabaloo on the inter-webs about people being kicked of Google+ for not using their real names. As someone that goes by the name Oo pronounced Oh Oh, I get the “what is your real name question quite a lot.
My comment on this topic on Fred Wilson’s blog post on this topic was quite long I decided to blog my thoughts on this “real name issue.
I think the fundamental question is “What is your name?”
My full name is Osita Orji Nwoye hwoever, I have always been called Oo (my initials) by family and friends. My Mum, Dad, Sister who have known me for 28 years of my life have NEVER called me any name but Oo. They only mention Osita when I am being introduced to some people.
90% of the people who have known me in the last few yeas do not even know my name as Osita. If you go to where I have lived in the last 5 years and ask for Osita I would walk pass and they would not know who you are talking to .
Recently, I have attended tech events, introduced myself as Oo had a quick chat and moved on only for the person to come back and say, “Hey, wait a minute, are you OoTheNigerian (Thank you Twitter!)?”
What then is my name?
I would say it depends on the circumstance, but the main reason for having a name is for identification. What ever can identify you to a person is your name to that person or authority.
It is also interesting to note that your name is not for you to use but for others.
Of course, my cheques are written Osita Nwoye. Money has a way of settling these disputes 🙂
So what is your real name?
Bonus: But why and how did I come to bear Oo?
Legend has is that when this great man was born, his fathers people gave him Ositadimma and his mothers people gave him Orji (not orgy ). However, when it was to be decided what name I would bear, a war nearly broke out between the village of Abba and Umunya. My brilliant and diplomatic mother, wanting to avert a crisis had a moment of inspiration (hopefully inspired by God) and decided to combine the initials and it became Oo :).
This awesome name has a logo and its own song embedded below. Go ahed and download to your heart’s pleasure.