Award-winning Hip Hop Gospel artist Mudiwa Hood has announced that he officially changes his name from Mudiwa Ian Mthandwa to Mudiwa Ian Hood.
In a statement the artist said Mudiwa Hood was not just a stage name as a musician but his real name.
Mthandwa said Mthandwa was his grandfather’s name in which he adopted from his stepfather. Mudiwa went on to explain his life history.
“ Yes Mudiwa Hood is now OFFICIALLY my Government legal name, and was never just a Stage name(do not insult me like that). As an intellectual I can just wake up and call myself Mudiwa Hood because it feels good, No that is who I am .And I have the Blessing of my dad, who said, Well done for being bold son, you did this whilst Im alive …..My own dad is happy I am now called by my real Surname, who else should go against who I am,” Mudiwa said.
“It is indeed a sad story to later find out the surname “Mtandwa” I have been using on all my legal documents all my life was jus my grandpa’s name, and im no relative at all who use Mtandwa except my siblings….How it came to be so too… is very sad …Mr Hood who resided in Chivhu, married a black woman (my great grand ma),got her pregnant and because of racism and family pressure he chased away the black woman who is in this case my great grand ma, who was pregnant then, went on to give birth to a mixed race baby and named him “Mtandwa” (we were chased away, meaning Mudzingwa). Instead of giving him surname Hood, as a bitter woman she adopted a surname from where she got re-married. So my granddad “Mtandwa”, adopted his step father’s surname and his name was Mtandwa….,(Couldn’t mention the surname for privacy sake),” said Mudiwa.
“When my dad was born, he automatically inherited a surname that wasn’t his. However as a bold man, when he got married and had kids, he gave us his dad’s name “Mtandwa” as a surname.So literally I have relative called Mtandwa except my siblings and my uncles kids who my dad demanded they also use grandpa’s name as surname too. So I was born Mudiwa Ian Mtandwa. Now that l am a dad too, my dad said “do your son a favour son…like l did for you…Who is he ?You now grown up and know your true history and who are you.” As a proud dad I want my children to be who they really are!! Im grateful that my dad is proud and happy for me, this was the most important thing…Hood was never a stage name but my real Surname from the beginning!!! Mudiwa Hood Snr,” He said.
Mudiwa recently welcomed a baby boy and named him Mudiwa Juniour Cristian Hood.