In Xhosa culture there is more to naming a baby than merely choosing a name to identify the child. Xhosa names record events to be remembered or denote some expectation or inspiration and in general the names always reflect positive human qualities. Every name tells a story and that plays a role in defining the child – just like our company name, Ingqosha.

The names used to identify our ‘babies’ in the Nelson range was inspired by a series of GIFS by South African illustrator, Thandiwe Tshabalala which honours her mother tongue, isiXhosa:

“Way back, when apartheid was taking place in South Africa, parents used to give their kids English names so that white people wouldn’t have to struggle pronouncing African names. Most people born during the times of apartheid were given names like: Knowledge, Margaret, Mavis (which has negative connotations), Innocentia, Innocent, Jeffrey, Gloria… eeek. Let me just stop there. However when black folks got their ‘freedom’ back, they went back to naming their children African/South African names. These names are beautiful, you’re welcome to choose one for your kid/s.”

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