Pic Stories from the Motherland: Isi Ike

“School just resumed and my job is to keep an eye on those who leave and enter this gate.


“Umuaka n’eme isi ike. Some of them don’t like me, but their parents adore me. They know that with me here; their kids are safe and will not sneak out during school hours. I take this security thing really personal, you know, and see these kids as my kids. But they think I’m mean and sometimes call me names. They have no clue that I love them and wish them well.

Lexicon Analysis: “Umuaka n’eme isi ike” translates to “Kids are stubborn”.  The phrase originates from the “Igbo” language; spoken by over 24m people in southern Nigeria.


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 stories from 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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