Dancehall artiste Nazizi talks about extending her earlobes

by Helvine Achieng
April 29, 2021

Recently on a social media post, Reggae and Dancehall artiste Nazizi has stated that she will soon extend her earlobes. The artiste further explained that she is doing that out of respect to her cultural origin since she is half Indian and half Tanzanian.

"Thought I'd share a little bit of my family history and origin of my name. My Father @firozhirji is half Indian and half Tanzanian," she wrote.

"His father came from Kolkata and his mother from Mbozi, which is in Mbeya, southern Tanzania. He named me after his grandmother. Na is the title for the firstborn daughter followed by their mother's name."

Adding , 

"Na (firstborn the daughter of) zizi (root in Kiswahili). Hence I am the firstborn daughter of root. That's why I'm super proud to be the root's daughter. I'm so proud that my parents gave me an African name in those times when English names were the norm."

"Many people have asked me why I'm expanding my ears. My answer: culture. My grandmother and my great-grandma Nazizi had theirs ears expanded traditionally." 

"I always struggled with identity and never felt like I fit in anywhere but I always sought to connect with all the cultures I come from. I will soon share the story on my double nose piercing."