Pix Stories from the Motherland: Mmiri na-emebi akpu ukwu

“In the rainy season; I usually have more customers maka mmiri na-emebi akpu ukwu.

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“But in these past few weeks; I’m lucky if five people stop my shed all day. Nobody has come today, but it’s still early. Who knows? Today might just be different.”


Lexicon Analysis: “maka mmiri na-emebi akpu ukwu.” translates to “because water ruins shoes” 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.

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