Are we mispronouncing this Liverpool star’s name?

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The Liverpool player’s Senegalese name is frequency conspicuous correctly

In a array of letters from African journalists, Sierra Leonean-Gambian author Ade Daramy explains since he gets prohibited underneath a collar when saying Africans doing good in sport.

As we watched coverage of a World Athletics Championships in Qatar, like many Africans, it was a box of tutting: “Oh, no, not again…” when someone from a continent was victorious.

This was not since we did not excellence in their opening though since of how their name was deformed over approval in a explanation and award ceremonies.

Many non-African commentators seem to have a sold thing opposite West African names, as these seem to be a ones that come in for a many savaging.

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Nafissatou Thiam, whose father is from Senegal, won china in a women’s heptathlon in Doha progressing this month

Take multi-medal-winning contestant Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium as an example. She is still carrying her surname conspicuous as “tee-am”.

As her father is Senegalese, her name is conspicuous “cham”, as in (appropriately) champion, that she once was.

After all a medals she has picked up, we would have suspicion someone would have thought: “That’s an surprising name; we consternation how it’s pronounced?”

However, it seems it has always been a box of: “Let’s only give it a shot and contend anything. No-one will notice.”

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But, oh boy, we Africans have noticed.

In a pre-social media days, we would phone any other and say: “Did we hear how they conspicuous that name?”

Nowadays, we are some-more expected to share audio or video clips seconds after a “offence” has been committed.

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Ade Daramy
Journalist

Such “fouls” are also common in a universe of football where with such outrageous African stars personification for vital European clubs one would have suspicion their names would outing off a tongue.

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Commentators who have no problem pronouncing Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta’s final name can rabble a two-syllable surname of Mohamed Diamé, a former Senegalese general who now plays in Qatar.

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Mame Biram Diouf’s name should be conspicuous “Mam Biram Joof”

So here’s a discerning beam for commentators out there:

  • Diamé – it is not conspicuous “dee-ah-may”, though “jammeh” accurately as a surname of that former Gambian President Yahyah Jammeh
  • Liverpool star and Senegalese actor Sadio Mané’s initial name is not conspicuous “sah-dee-oh”, though “sah-jaw”
  • The initial name of England’s Dele Alli is condensed from a Nigerian name “Bamidele” – and therefore does not rhyme with “telly, preserve or smelly”, though with “waylay”
  • The surname of Stoke City’s Mame Biram Diouf, from Senegal, is not conspicuous “dee-oof”, though “joof”, rhyming with roof
  • Badou Ndiaye is also with Stoke and from Senegal – and his final name does not sound like “in-de-eye” or “en-gee”, though “nj-eye”
  • For Fulham’s Aboubakar Kamara, who is of Mauritanian skirmish – pronounce any syllable “ka-ma-ra”
  • The final name of Moussa Wagué of Senegal, who plays with Barcelona, does not rhyme with “vague”. It is conspicuous “wah-geh”

From this list we can see that for Senegal their talent on a representation is a double-edged sword.

In fact, Mame Biram Diouf has a eminence of carrying both his initial name and his surname serially mispronounced.

He is not “Mamay Biram Dee-oof”, though “Mam Biram Joof”.

‘Get ear plugs’

And it isn’t adequate for a actor like Pape Bouba Diop to measure a idea that degraded fortifying champions France in a initial diversion of a 2002 World Cup or that he spent a total 8 years in English football, for him to get his name conspicuous correctly.

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Papa Bouba Diop scored opposite France in a 2002 World Cup

He was always referred to as “Papa Bouba Dee-op” – for a record, a initial name is conspicuous “pap”, that rhymes with trap, top or slap, and a surname rhymes with “robe”.

It’s a empathize to be indicating this out when his 17-year career has ended, as it would have been good to have listened his name conspicuous correctly, even once, during his personification days.

Ahead of a final football World Cup, we constructed what we called “Ade Daramy’s World Cup Primer” (that’s conspicuous as “Aa-day and Da-ra-mee”).

It suggested Africans to make certain they had during slightest a integrate of essentials for each tellurian sporting contest: a widescreen TV and earplugs.

So if commentators can't be worried to or will not change their ways – we will only have to settle down, get in a popcorn and keep shopping those earplugs and continue for a subsequent World Cup kicking off in Qatar in 2022.

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