Pix Stories from the Motherland: Strong Woman

“The craziest moment of my life was having a child right after secondary school


“It’s taboo in this part of the world and people judge you and look at you like a slut or an “ashewo”. But I had to be strong for my child and for myself. It was a scary nine months, but was also a great learning experience. I realized how strong I am, how fleeting friendship is and how much I didn’t want to be defined by society’s prejudices or stigma. My baby is my world; I’m glad I didn’t get an abortion and you can’t tell me any different.

Lexicon Analysis: Ashewo” translates to “Prostitute” in the Yoruba Language- spoken by over 22m people in southern Nigeria. It’s etymology is however questionable especially as it pertains to its uniqueness to the Yoruba tribe. There have been strong arguments that it could also have originated from the Twi tribe in Ghana.


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.

These series is captured by the lens of ingenious NoCoolStory photographer Drew Obiekwe.

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