Pix Stories from the Motherland: Afro Cut

“My afro is my identity and that’s why it was traumatic when my teacher in secondary school cut my hair because it violated school rules.


“My classmates kept screaming as he put a pair of scissors through the hair and chopped it off. The thing “di’m ka film”. I forced back tears cos I didn’t want them to notice my shock. It’s funny when I think about it now; but it wasn’t funny then. It was probably my most depressing moment as a kid. Now that my hair is back; I plan on visiting my former school and saying hello to that evil teacher.”

Lexicon Analysis: Di’m ka film” translates to “Felt like a movie” or more appropriately “It felt unreal” in Igbo- spoken by over 24m people in southern Nigeria. Even though ‘film’ is not an Igbo word, lots of English and French words have crept into nearly all spoken languages in Sub Saharan Africa

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

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