Pic Stories from the Motherland: Go’nu Groundnut

“I’m the third child and I’m preparing for my junior WAEC exams.


“It’s very difficult combining school with selling groundnuts on the streets. I used to feel bad when I walked by the homes of my classmates yelling “Go’nu groundnut”.  I would see them giggling and will walk faster. But it does not bother me so much now, after all there are many other kids like me. I should not feel ashamed for supporting my mom in putting food on the table and making sure I and my siblings stay in school. My mom says I should be proud of myself and I am.”

Lexicon Analysis: “Go’nu Groundnut” is the contraction of the phrase “Gote nu Groundnut” which translates from Igbo to the English exhortation “You all should buy Groundnuts!” or more appropriately “Buy Groundnuts!”  Even though Nigeria is a signatory of the International Child Rights Law; it is not uncommon to see children hawking boiled groundnuts to assist their families.

“WAEC” is a mnemonic for “West African Examination Council” and is pronounced as “WAAYEK”. The body conducts two exams. One called Junior WAEC for kids in JSS3 (9th grade) and the other called Senior WAEC (GED equivalent) for those in SS3 (12th grade)



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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