- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Scarecrow Press (December 15, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0810836432
- ISBN-13: 978-0810836433
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,611,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Traditional African Names
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Until the publication of this book, it was extremely difficult to find any volume that collects and defines the meanings of the African names in English...This book is highly recommended for scholars and students of African anthropology, linguistics, literature, history and politics, as well as anyone interested in learning more about an important aspect of African Culture. (African Studies Quarterly)
The 6,000 examples are fascinating to read, and will most certainly open up a new area in the field of nomenclature...This index is an impressive volume and should fill a large void in the area of etymology. It is highly recommended. (American Reference Books Annual)
...what distinguishes this book from previous ones is its simplicity in name descriptions and definitions. The alphabetical listings of these names as well as its well-prepared index will be very helpful to those who are not familiar with African appellations. This book is highly recommended for scholars and students of African anthropology, linguistics, literature, history and politics as well as those in the African/Black diaspora who are interested in learning more about African culture. (Modern African Studies)
Musere has produced an informative volume that will be of use to students and scholars of Africa for years to come. (International Journal of African Historical Studies)
His introduction is a splendidly informative essay...Musere's book is packed with information and it is easy to consult. (Library Review)
About the Author
Jonathan Musere (M.A., UCLA) has worked in a broad range of disciplines, including Afro-American Studies and Environmental Studies. His other books have treated the cultural and political significance of the African sleeping sickness.
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Top Customer Reviews
"Some examples are 'Libbila (m): setting sun; [name] given to one born at sunset'; 'Kimenyi (m): the one who knows a lot'; 'Shumpa (f): a name given to a child who is troublesome'; 'Baliza (f/m): they cause to weep [or mourn, or cry].' The 6000 [name] examples [in the book] are fascinating to read, and will most certainly open up a new area in the field of nomenclature. In addition, an interesting index will lead the user to specific works found in the definitions, such as lakes, plants, gardens, and food. This is an impressive volume and should fill a void in the area of etymology. It is highly recommended." (Carol Willsey Bell in "C&RL News," May 2000, pp.428-429).
roads, trees, witchcraft and a host of other topics and activities." K.C. Harrison, Founder President, Commonwealth Library Association in "Languages and Literature" Reference Reviews 14/5  29-36.