Luton Town have been a surprise addition to the Premier League since their promotion to the top tier this year. Even though they don’t have the wins or points to show for it, manager Rob Edwards’ side has threatened every team that they have faced, especially at Kenilworth Road.
They faced off against Guardiola’s Manchester City side and were up 1-0 at the end of halftime. But the City side came back strong and took 3 points whole from them. This has been the story of Luton Town, this entire season.
The player who scored for Luton in that game was Elijah Anuoluwapo Oluwaferanmi Oluwatomi Oluwalana Ayomikulehin Adebayo. Yes, that is his actual full name. Elijah Adebayo is a British-Nigerian player, and it was he who scored the opener against City just before halftime.
Adebayo is a former Fulham player who didn’t really get any chances to play for Fulham but got loaned to many lower-division teams. But he impressed everyone so much that he got into Luton Town. Adebayo has been instrumental in Luton’s recent success.
Fans are however more curious about Adebayo’s full name that Luton Town’s official account posted on X, when he scores the goal. Adebayo’s full name is Anuoluwapo Oluwaferanmi Oluwatomi Oluwalana Ayomikulehin Adebayo. Fans described his name as too long. It is only when you realize that he is a Nigerian that the long name makes sense.
But even Nigerians in the replies say that the name is too long. He is from the Yoruba part of Nigeria, where long names are common. Even though his parents are Nigerian, he was born in England and is eligible to play for both the English National team and the Nigerian National team.
One Nigerian fan in the replies translated Adebayo’s full name.
”The meaning of his name😍
Anuoluwapo: God’s mercy is plenty
Oluwaferanmi: God loves m
Oluwatomi: God is enough for me
Oluwalana: God made a way
Ayomikulehin: My joy still remains at my back
Adebayo: The crown meets joy or I came and met Joy”.
Some have speculated the influence of Christian mothers in the African households and the naming of the child as the reasons for the long name.
Some fans appreciated the use of his full name, while others are confused how his name is a whole sentence.
Luton fans would be hoping for Adebayo to continue his form and score and play well for them. With his goal-scoring abilities, any of the bigger teams in the Premier League could go for him once his contract with Luton Town ends.