Uganda's former ruler Idi Amin Dada gave himself the titles:His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas, the Last King of Scotland and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular.
For some people titles, be they academic, professional, inherited or conferred are very important part of who they are, and omitting them can cause great offence.
In Nigeria, it is not only fashionable to have several titles, but some give you more status and influence than others. Apparently, to be ''somebody'' you need to be a chief or at least hold a doctorate.
It certainly isn't just a Nigerian phenomenon, individuals across Africa are known to buy or take on titles that will boost their academic or social standing.
Are you impressed by titles or people who have letters after their names? What do titles say about you? Do you think people put unnecessary emphasis on titles? If you had a title, would you take offence if someone ignored it? Send us your views.