Pix Stories from the Motherland: 36 States

Little girl: “I can sing the 36 states and Capital… Abia-Umuahia, Adamawa-Yola, Akwa ibom- Uyo, Ana…”



Lexicon Analysis: The 36 states and Capital referenced refer to the 36 administrative divisions (and their capitals) that comprise the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Children are taught in nursery and pre-school to memorize and recite them alphabetically.

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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