Interview with Karima Jordon

How did you get your name? If you could tell the whole story about your first name, the first name you choose for yourself, and the name you have now.


Well, somewhere at Pratt, when we were learning about African culture, there's a book on Mali-Songhay and another African, ancient African civilization. And it had a story about Nabaweya, Black woman prophet, and my name was really Nabaweya Wayusi and Weusi just meant Black. Ah, I met a Muslim brother one day who told me I was not a Black woman prophet, because I couldn't prophesize[SIC] anything, so he called me Nab- Karima. So, my name went from Nabi, Nabaweya to Karima. Because no one said Nabaweya, everybody called me Nabi.