Pix Stories from the Motherland: Orie-Emene

“My birthday is coming soon and I’m saving for it. I’m going to be twelve.


“I raise money by pushing barrow after school at Orie-Emene. Someday, I hope to buy my barrow instead of renting. That way I can bring home some more money.


Lexicon Analysis: Orie-Emene is a busy market located in South-Eastern Nigeria. As with most busy markets; wheelbarrow pushers make a living by assisting shoppers carry purchased goods from the market to their cars or to the bus stop.

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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