“Ewoo! You want to take our picture? Who is going to pay for our picture?
“We are excited that school is about to start. It has been a long vacation. We have not seen our classmates for over two months now. The first week is always the best. School is going to be dusty and dirty; so we will spend the first week cleaning and splashing water and chatting with our friends.”
Lexicon Analysis: “Ewoo!” is an exclamation or remark expressing surprise. The closest phrase that matches it in the English language is “Oh dear!” or “Oh my!” . It is used by over 24 million people in Southern Nigeria.
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 sole purpose of creatively correcting the many unfair and incomplete African stereotypes through the lips of Africans.
These series entitled “Picture Stories from the Motherland” attempts to do just that through the lens of the ingenious NoCoolStory photographer Drew Obiekwe.
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By Terry Odenigbo
Edited by Obi Odenigbo