“Wallahi, it’s been a long day. Usually, I don’t mind carrying these (metal scraps). But the heat today is making it harder than usual. This will be my last round and then I’ll go park my wheel barrow and get some rest.”
Lexicon Analysis: Even though “Wallahi” is used widely in Northern Nigeria; it is actually of Arabic etymology and translates to “By God” or “Honest to God”. Muslims consider it sinful to use this phrase and follow it up with a lie.
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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By Terry Odenigbo
Edited by Obi Odenigbo