Pix Stories from the Motherland: Ekene’m Maria

“About four times every week, I walk 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) to fetch wood.


“This railroad has been here since I was a little girl. It’s short and safe. No train ever rides on it. When I’m bored; I count the rails or hum a song. Other times, m na-ekpe ekene’m Maria.”


Lexicon Analysis: “m na-ekpe ekene’m maria.” translates to “I start saying the ‘Hail Mary’/’Rosary’” It is translated from Igbo- a major African language spoken by over 24m people.

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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