Pix Stories from the Motherland: Money

“I just lost a lot of money and I don’t want to talk about it.”


“It kills me when I think about it. Honestly, it’s the worst feeling. Growing up; I was always into one business or another. There’s probably no business I haven’t been involved in or thought about doing. I understand there are always risks involved. But I didn’t see this one coming and it still bothers me. I know this feeling will pass, but for now as our people say ‘I gaghi eti nwata ihe si ya ebela akwa’.” (He then smiles)

Lexicon Analysis: ‘I gaghi eti nwata ihe si ya ebela akwa’ is an idiom which translates to ‘you can’t beat a child and ask it not to cry’. It means his reaction is appropriate for the event that precipitated it. This idiom is used by over 24m Igbo speaking 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.

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