Naomi Osaka, a Japanese tennis star, has been trending in the Kenyan media over the controversial name of her media company, Hana Kuma.
The tennis player launched the media production company in partnership with legendary basketballer Lebron James and The Spring Hill company owned by Maverick Carter.
The name raised eyebrows among Kenyans because it is deemed vulgar and in Swahili language it means that one lacks the female private part, precisely the vagina. In Japanese, Hana Kuma means flower bear.
Osaka has however not been shaken by those who have been bashing her company and is determined to achieve her dreams.
Taking to her social media, she revealed that she was working with a top director, who has won the Oscar award, for Hana Kuma’s first project.
“Honored to work with Oscar winning director @bgproudfoot for Hana Kuma’s first project. Patsy’s story resonates as a Japanese woman of color growing up in the US while advocating for change. She leveled the playing field for women athletes to be the legends they are today #MINK,” Osaka shared.
Here is a sneak peek of the project.
On Wednesday, the 24-year old was forced to respond to those who were mocking her over the Hana Kuma name.
“Prayers for all my overthinkers. We be going through it,” she tweeted.