I am Ify Okoye or more precisely, one of the many people with the name Ify Okoye. Ify is a nickname for about 5 different Ibo (also spelled Igbo) names for both genders and my last name Okoye is also very common amongst Ibos.
Why did I add my real name? I don’t feel that I have anything to hide by claiming ownership of my blog and I disliked to see people (several people have done this so I’m not referring in particular to any one individual) refer to me as “Muslim Apple” in quotation marks as if I was hiding or disguising my identity. Since I’ve added my real name to my blog I have seen an increase in the number of incoming google searches looking up Ify Okoye.
Ify is pronounced like “E-Fee” and there is nothing iffy about it, remember it’s not an English name. Okoye is pronounced something akin to “O-coy-yeah” just don’t elongate either of the names and you’ll be okay.
Oh, that’s a beautiful/unusual name, I like that, what does it mean?
My full name, Ifeoma, is pronounced like “E-fum-ah” and means “something beautiful” or “something good” and my last name is a conjunction of the name of one of my ancestors and the day he was born, which happened to be one of the four market days called Oye.
I am not related to Christian Okoye, the football player.
Many of you have come to know me as Muslim Apple or MA or some other variant of that and feel free to keep calling me by those names. And some of you may have known me or remember me in my “other people kept asking me to please take a Muslim name” convert days as Zaynab or Zainab or just plain Z, and I would respectfully ask you not to call me by that name.
If you forget, I’m not going to harangue you, and I know this may sound weird but sometimes when I’m talking to myself (yes, I’m not embarrassed to admit I talk to myself, it often helps me think more clearly) that I occasionally refer to myself as Zainab but I always quickly catch and correct myself. If you would like more info on why I re-asserted my given name, I’ve written about it a number of times, you can find it in the Muslim Apple Storehouse.
From the Storehouse: