Pic Stories from the Motherland: “Ekpere bu ike’m”

“The apples go for 50 Naira (26 cents) while the Bananas go for 60 Naira (32 cents). But most times, I end up selling it for much less because people like to argue and haggle on the price. It’s not been easy.


“It takes me days- sometimes weeks- to empty this little tray. But when anybody buys from me; I say a prayer for good health and long life for them. They love the prayers and goodwill of an elderly woman, so some of them come back again. Ekpere bu ike’m.”

Lexicon Analysis: “Ekpere” translates to “Prayers”. “Ike” translates to “Strength”. “Ike’m translates to “My strength”. Therefore “Ekpere bu ike’m” can be transmuted to “Prayer is my strength”. It is used by over 24m Igbo-speaking people in Nigeria.

“Naira” is the paper money and monetary unit of Nigeria. It replaced the “Pound” in 1973


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.

For feedback, inquiries; please contact info@nocoolstory.com, obinnaodenigbo@yahoo.com or drop a comment.

By Terry Odenigbo

Edited by Obi Odenigbo

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