Pic Stories from the Motherland: Abacha

“It hasn’t even been up to an hour and my basin is half empty already.

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“As you can see; people love my Abacha. O na ato kpo kpo! Students and civil servants rush to get a plate before work or even during their breaks- so the demand is high. Believe it or not- this Abacha has ensured that our rent is paid and that all my children go to school to the highest levels.

“I have been through tough times trying to figure out how to take care of them (my children) and one day, my friend asked why I don’t sell Abacha and that my Abacha is better than any she has ever had.  I think God spoke through her cos I never thought my Abacha was any good.”

Lexicon Analysis: “Abacha” also known as “African Salad” is made out of dried shredded cassava and usually prepared with palm oil, dried fish and other spices. Cassava is most mostly processed into West African staples such as garri or tapioca. The remaining portions are then dried and shredded into what is known as “Abacha”. It is a major source of carbohydrate in Nigeria and originates from the 24m strong Igbo-Speaking people.

“O na ato kpo kpo!” is a phrase that best translates to “It tastes amazing”. “Kpo Kpo!” is an onomatopoeic mimicry of the “taste effect” she says comes with eating her food. It is an expression also used by the Igbos.


Background info:

Legendary writer Chimamanda Adichie once said, “…the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue; but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story”. 

NoCoolStory is in existence for the purpose of creatively correcting the many unfair and incomplete African stereotypes through the lips of Africans.

These series is captured by the lens of ingenious NoCoolStory photographer Drew Obiekwe.

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By Terry Odenigbo

Edited by Obi Odenigbo

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