Pix Stories from the Motherland: Ha na akpasu’m iwe

“This is our home and it’s my job to keep it clean. I sweep it, clean the toilets and scrub the floor.


“My other responsibility is taking care of my little ones. Sometimes, ha na akpasu’m iwe; and my parents always take their side. I’m learning not to treat them how they treat me. I’m the oldest and have to set a good example.”


Lexicon Analysis: “ha na akpasu’m iwe;translates to “They get under my skin” 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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