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My name is Tippi. I am African and I was born 10 years ago in Namibia. People who ask me “ Tippi ? Like an indian teepee ? ”, should open their dictionary : mine is spelt with a double P. My parents named me after the american actress Tippi Hendren. She used to play in “ the Birds ”, a frightening Alfred Hitchcock movie.
My name is also Okanti, which means “ mongoose ” in the Ovambo language, one of the Namibian tribe. It can seem like a strange idea to call your daughter Mongoose, even if the word “ Okanti ” sounds nice. It is, nevertheless, the beginning of my story……
Tippi, Furty‘s godmother : 
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