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My name

The origin of my name

Last tended on Sep 11, 2021

🌱Seedling

When my mother was pregnant with me, she first decided she was going to name me Chris if I was going to turn out to be a girl, after Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders. Had I been a boy, my name would have been Stevie Wonder.

Upon seeing Nelson Mandela on television, however, she quickly decided she was going to name me after his daughter Zindzi. A white woman pregnant by a Sao Tomean man, she wanted to honor my Africanness by naming me after a South African woman. I also imagine she must have thought the original spelling was too ethnic.