Pix Stories from the Motherland: N’agbanyeghi nsogbu

“The song you just heard was taught to us as little girls. Our grandparents say their grandparents taught them too. We are teaching our children as well.


“We look after each other like sisters. N’agbanyeghi nsogbu obula anyi n’enwe, this music keeps us together.”


Lexicon Analysis:  “N’agbanyeghi nsogbu obula anyi n’enwe” translates to “Irrespective of whatever problems we face”.  It is transcribed from Igbo- a major African language spoken by over 32 million people with celebrated artwork dating to over 2500 BC


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 comprehension and consumption.

By Obi Odenigbo

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