Say My Name: Why We Need to Learn to Pronounce Each Other’s Names in SA

Heritage starts in a name.

As we celebrate Heritage Day, COSMO talks to six women who have seemingly ‘difficult’ names to pronounce. Often, when their names are shared, people rush to the nearest nickname or don’t even attempt and pronounce it correctly.

Watch as we hear from Nasheeta Khan, Sinethemba Vumazonke, Annzra Naidoo, Moleboheng Mosia, Vuyolwethu Maseti and Noxolo Mafu who share the importance of learning someone’s name.


Celebrate Heritage Day and ‘Say My Name’

Mashechaba Mfeka-Hausen shares her experience, ‘When people want to shorten it [your name] for no particular reason or just to make their lives easier, they take away from who you are.’ What may seem difficult to some, is a symbol of cultural richness for some. In a country full of cultural diversity, we need to encourage each other to Say My Name.

Share Your Story and WIN

Watch the COSMO ‘Say My Name’ video and in the comment section, share your full name and the meaning behind it. One lucky winner, will win a 12-month digital subscription to COSMOPOLITAN South Africa. Follow us on @CosmopolitanSA on Instagram and Twitter and share your heritage with us.

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