Pix Stories from the Motherland: Emene

“It’s almost Christmas, but we can’t afford to get anything for the kids this year.


“We’re all able-bodied men, but there are no jobs in Emene like there used to be in the past. It’s worse when you don’t have a certificate. And the cost of living keeps going up. We need the government’s help, because the way it’s going; some of our kids won’t be going back to school.”


Lexicon Analysis: Emene is an industrial city located in South-Eastern Nigeria; 7 miles from the International Airport in Enugu State. It is renowned for manufacturing of steel rods, asbestos and Cement products.

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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