I Was Named After A Rebel Leader – Asiedu Nketia

Almost every name has a meaning attached to it and parents would christen their wards with a particular name, based on the positive attributes attached to it.

Naming your son after a heartless rebel leader would sound weird to many but John Asiedu Nketia reveals he was named after one.

His moniker ‘General Mosquito’ originates from a Sierra Leone rebel leader Bockarie.

Samuel Sam Bockarie, was infamous during the Sierra Leone Civil War for his brutal tactics, which included amputation, mutilation, and rape. He earned the nickname “Mosquito” for his ability to attack when his enemies were off-guard.

According to Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the name ‘General Mosquito’ was bestowed on him by members of the New Patriotic Party after he single handedly prevented ex-President Kufour from appointing a particular minister with a terrible track record into his cabinet.

In an interview with Okay FM, the current General Secretary for the NDC revealed that the name ‘General Mosquito’ was meant to ridicule him by NPP members but turned out to make him more popular after he accepted it in good faith.

Would you accept a bad name in good faith?