Pix Stories from the Motherland: Akuko uwa

“Seven years ago; this was just a hobby. Now, it’s my life.

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“I’m in love with what I do. And it’s not just the money or the barbing. It’s the laughter, the friendships, the people, the stories we tell. If you want to know what’s happening in town; all you need to do is spend time here. We are more up-to-date than the 6 O’clock Akuko Uwa.”

Lexicon Analysis: “Akuko Uwa.” Literally translates to “World’s stories” or “News”, but in this context; he refers to the local TV and Radio news bulletin. It is translated from Igbo- one of the major African languages spoken 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 purpose of creatively correcting the many unfair and incomplete African stereotypes through the lips of Africans.

It is important to note that some of the stories on these series have been translated from different local languages to English. And while the contents are totally original to the individual(s) pictured; some of the wordings and sentence constructions may have been modified for easier reading.

By Obi Odenigbo

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