Pic Stories from the Motherland: Ni Gaji

“My granddad did this. My dad did this and now I’m following in their shoes


“Of course, I would rather be in school like the other kids. But the kids in school tell me that school is boring and that I’m not missing much. They say they would rather make money than wear uniforms and do homework. Sometimes, I think they tell me that to make me feel good about myself but I don’t believe them cos I want what they have. Walking for several hours under this sun and looking for people with broken shoes can be sometimes stressful. The sun has been hotter this week. Today has been worse kuma Ni gaji.”

Lexicon Analysis: “Kuma” translates to the English article “And”. While “Ni Gaji” pronounced “NAA-GAA-GEE” translates to the English phrase; “I am tired”. It is translated from the Hausa Language which is spoken by about 40 million people in Nigeria, Niger, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and a host of other African countries.

Even though Nigeria is a signatory of the International Child Rights Law; it is not uncommon to see child cobblers assisting with the family income.



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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