Picture Stories from the Motherland: Ekene Dili ya

“Business is never slow because my skills are in demand. I repair both sewing machines and desktop computers.


A lot of people don’t know how to do this; so I’m among the very few that possess this skill. I am naturally gifted at figuring out how things work. I don’t need any formal training to fix things. It’s a gift and it has helped me put all my children through school and ensure they lack nothing. God has been good to us (my family). Ekene dili ya… And, if your camera ever breaks down; come back and I will fix it for free.”


Lexicon Analysis: “Ekene dili ya” translates to “Praise be to him/her” or “Thanks be to him/her” in 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”. 

NoCoolStory is in existence for the sole purpose of creatively correcting the many unfair 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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