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A ‘pet’ name is defined by most dictionaries as a name only a loved one would use to call a loved one while nickname is one that anyone would use, even people who are unfamiliar with that person. However, in the practical world the two go hand in glove and are often so difficult to separate.
For your reading pleasure, here are some of the pet names Nigerian entertainment divas call themselves and also their reasons stated (in an interview with Potpourri)
- Mercy Aigbe, Stylish and beautiful Nigerian Fashionista shared her story…
” I’m known as Swaggerlicious Osas. That’s a name I got from one of my most popular films ‘Osas’. Some people also call me Mummy J, The Diva but one of the most common ones is Olori Asiwaju Toh Bad. They call me that because my husband is called Asiwaju” she says of her pet names. Mercy Aigbe is happily married to Lanre Gentry, a successful hotelier.”
- Iniobong Edo Ekim, aka Ini Edo, a graduate of University of Calabar, Cross Rivers State shared her own story …
” I’m called Mimi, meaning mummy. I was named after my dad’s mum. So, everyone back home calls me Mimi”.
- Seyi Shay, one of the top Nigerian Ladies music today shared her own story…
“The first one is Sunshine. The person that calls me that says it’s because I’m always happy and I am warm to others. There is ‘Irawo’ after my hit single ‘Irawo’ but my very first pet name is Sey-Seyi. My sister still calls my name twice like that till today” she says.
To be continued… stay tuned!