Pix Stories from the Motherland: Boss lady

“Three years ago I registered my business and it feels good to be the boss lady here.

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“I used to do this for free at fashion events, so I know what it takes to struggle. It started with drawing & painting as a kid. Then I started playing with my older sister’s make-up kit. Back then, she dey vex for me. But she acknowledged my flair for combining shades to suit skin tone, hair color, lipstick shade and so forth. She pushed me to chase my dreams.”

Lexicon Analysis: “She dey vex for me” translates to “She got mad at me” It is translated from West African Creole (also known as W. African Pidgin or Guinea Coast Creole). It originated along the W. African coast during the 16th & 17th Century Atlantic slave trade and is spoken by roughly 300m people today.

 

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.

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