Picture Stories from the Motherland: Nsogbu Adiro

“I have no worries. Nsogbu adiro. It’s been a good week. I am happy with my job. We, mechanics are not rich as you know, but this job has been sustaining me and my family.


In a week; I fix at least three cars and use whatever I get from here to take care of my wife and three children. I hope to save enough money to send them to school and hopefully they make more money than me and take care of me and my wife when we are old. But I’m still young and strong and don’t think too much about that…”


Lexicon Analysis: Nsogbu Adiro translates to “There is no trouble” or more appropriately “No Worries” in English from the Igbo Language spoken by over twenty-four million 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”. 

There is probably no other place with more stereotypes than Africa and this is where NoCoolStory comes in.

We are in existence for the sole purpose of creatively destroying the indiscriminate 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.

For feedback, inquiries; please contact info@nocoolstory.com or drop a comment.

By Terry Odenigbo

Edited by Obi Odenigbo

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