BKAs (Better Known As)–Part I

[Cross posted w/ www.meeshamink.com]

Okay, everyone knows I have an usual birth name. Niobia. Growing up I hated it because people never could pronounce it and it was always “What kind of name is that?” In fact there were many first days of school were teachers would call me Naomi, Narobi, Nibiabah–all kind of crazy things. I would ignore them or force them to pronounce my name right. Seriously. Respect mine, you know?

My decision to write urban fiction under the psuedonym Meesha Mink was to make sure my readers could seperate my romance books from my urban fiction books. It wasn’t because I still hated my name or anything.

 In time I came to love it, especially when my Mama pointed out that people with unique names go on to big things (at that time Oprah and Arsenio were the examples.) After that I became proud and I refused to allow people to call me anything but Niobia. Not Ni. Not N. Just Niobia.

It’s a pretty simple name actually. NI-O-BI-A pronounced Nye-Oh-Bee-Ah.

So the whole odd first name thing made me wonder who else might be feeling me on this. Check out these celebrities with some interesting birth names.  More 2 come all week long:

 wyclef

Nelust Wyclef Jean BKA Wyclef

 

 

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Faheem Najm  BKA T-Pain

 

 

 

nia_long Nitara Carlynn Long BKA  Nia Long

 

 

 

 

princess_crimemobVenetia Lewis BKA Princess (Crime Mob)

 

 

 

 

snoopdoggCordozar Calvin Broadus Jr BKA Snoop Dogg

 

 

   nas

 

Nasir Jones BKA Nas

 

 

plies

 

Algernod Lanier Washington BKA Plies

 

 

musiq

 

Talib Johnson BKA Musiq

 

 

 

 michelle_williams

Tenetria Michelle Williams BKA Michelle Williams

 

 

 

lil-mama

 

Niatia Jessica Kirkland BKA Lil Mama

 

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About Niobia Bryant

National bestselling author. Also writes as Meesha Mink.
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