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African Names Starting with O

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The name Oba is traditionally used for boys. The meaning of Oba is 'king'. There is also another meaning to Oba: it can mean 'goddess of rivers' in the Nigerian language. There are no known famous figures named Oba.

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The meaning of Obama is 'slightly bent', 'leaning to a side' or 'a delightful support to someone'. The name Obama belongs to the African-Swahili language and it is predominantly used in Africa. It is pronounced phonetically as 'o-ba-ma'. There have been a few famous figures with this name but the most famous in recent years is the Obama family. Barack Obama is known for being elected to be the 44th President of the United States, a position which he served as for two terms. His wife Michelle is an American attorney and is known for her charity work, especially her 'Get Moving' initiative. She also wrote a biography - 'Becoming' - which became a best seller.

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The meaning of Obioma is 'a kind-hearted person or 'a charming person who can win over people’s hearts' and it is of African origin. However, the name is also popular in Judaism. It can be pronounced as ‘o-by-oma’ or ‘o-be-oma’. There have been a few athletes with this name, however, the most well known is Obioma Okoli. She is a Nigerian weightlifter and competed in the Commonwealth Games in 2014, where she won a silver medal.

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Okoth is a gender-neutral name of African origin. This name is said to be derived from the Ugandan region of East Africa. Okoth is mostly used in African countries and their communities all over the world, but it is also found in the Hindu religion. The meaning of Okoth is 'born when it was raining'. This name primarily comes from the Luo community, originally fro Sudan and settled in Kenya.

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The meaning of Omarosa is 'my precious and beautiful child'. It is a name with African origins and the pronunciation of the name is 'oma-rosa'. There have been a few famous people by this name. One is the reality TV star Omarosa Onee Manigault Newman, who is better known as Omarosa. She featured on the first season of the hit show 'The Apprentice' and went on to become a political aide for the former president Donald Trump, who was the star of 'The Apprentice'.

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Omolara is traditionally used to name girls and it is of African origin. The root of this name can be found in both the Nigerian language and the Beninese language. The meaning of Omolara is 'born at the right time' or 'born at the perfect moment' in both languages.

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The meaning of Onaedo is ‘gold’ or ‘a golden child’ or ‘an amazing or a bright child’. Onaido and Onydo are variants of the name Onaedo. It is derived from the African origin. It can be used as a surname or a middle name. It is pronounced as ‘Ona-yado’.

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The name Oneika means ‘someone who is greater than god’ and has African origins. It is a variant of the name Onika. The name Onika is derived from African and Sanskrit. The meaning of Onika is ‘a courageous soldier’. Oneika and Onika both are pronounced as ‘Oni-ka’. There are a few famous people by the name Onika. One is Onika Theola Wallerson, popularly known as Onika Wallerson who is an American cricketer. She debuted for Women’s T20 International (WT20I) for the United States Women's Cricket team in 2019. She is currently part of the United States Women's National Cricket team.

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The meaning of Oringo is 'someone who enjoys the hunt', 'a person who likes to go on hunting' or 'my God is forgiving'. It is a name with African origins and it is pronounced as 'o-ring-o'. The name is often used as a nickname and it is a variant form of the name Oryngo.

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The meaning of Orma is ‘free people’ and the name is of African and German origins. It is a variant of the name Ormanda which in Latin means ‘ninth member of the family’. The male version of the name is Ormand. It is pronounced phonetically as ‘Or-ma’. Orma is also the name of the dialect that a community speaks in the south of Kenya.

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The meaning of Osinachi is 'created one'. It is a name that originated from Africa and is pronounced as 'o-si-naash'. It is often used as a middle name and a surname. There have been a number of famous figures with the name such as the Nigerian singer and songwriter Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu, who is also known by her stage name Sinach. She is known for her songs of worship and being a senior worship leader at Loveworld. She made history as the first singer to have topped the Billboard Christian Songwriter Chart for twelve weeks in a row, with her hit single 'Way Maker'. This also won her three nominations and the award for 'Song of the Year' at the 51st GMA Dove Awards, which made her the first Nigerian to win this award. She is also known for her songs 'For This', 'He Did It Again', 'Simply Devoted' and 'I Stand Amazed'.

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Otieno is a name of African origin. The meaning of Otieno is ‘born at night’. The name is mostly used as a surname among the Luo people of Kenya. It is traditionally a boy's name.

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The name Owethu is a gender-neutral name of African origin. The meaning of Owethu is 'he/she is ours'. Owethu Mbira is a professional boxer from South Africa, and Owethu Zulu is an actress mostly known for 'White Gold'.

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