Pic Stories from the Motherland: Oga

“I’ve been mending shoes for over two years now. Some people don’t think women are any good at this type of job. But whatever a man can do; a woman can do better.

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“When new customers come to my shop; I see the shock in their eyes when they realize that I am the cobbler. Sometimes they ask, ‘where is your husband?’ or ‘where is your ‘Oga’?’… I end up explaining who I am and what I do all the time. But I’m used it now. And as long as they keep coming back; who am I to complain?”

Lexicon Analysis: “Oga” loosely translates to “Man in Charge” or more simply “Boss”. While the word originates from the 22 million-strong Yoruba tribe; it is used by roughly 170 million Nigerians in everyday vernacular.

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.

By Obi Odenigbo

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