Sunday, July 12, 2009

School Daze part 2: After the SSCE and JAMB

After my post on the Secondary School Daze here, I decided to write about life after secondary school.

After we finished secondary school, we waited with anxious and beating hearts for our SSCE and JAMB results. (Well, the rich kids who knew that they were going to Obodo oyibo waited anxiously for their SAT and TOEFL...Ha Ha)
My school had this wicked habit of posting your SSCE scores up on a notice board beside the Principal's office for the world to see. So imagine if you were one of those evil ass senior babes. Come exam time, you better make sure you study your butt off 'cos when the results came out, we Ju babes would flock to the board and specifically look for the names of all the wicked senior babes, the bubbling senior babes and what not.
I remember one very foolish and wicked senior babe wey come pack all F's on that board. Na correct laugh wey we laugh that day. Nonsense and Ingredients...

My SSCE score was pretty good. And thankfully I didn't have to take JAMB 2,3,4,5 times. I took JAMB once and my score was good too (No expo needed either). Na God ooo.
I'm chuckling here remembering my JAMB exam and how one foolish girl next to me was doing some serious Giraffe work ehn, the thing no get part 2. I no even get strength for am, I just let her be. Do any of you guys remember that term 'Invigilator'? I saw this one FineboyAgbero's blog one day and I wan laugh die. It certainly reminded me of my JAMB days. Those invigilators used to watch us exam takers like some serious hawks sha o. To pass expo in the JAMB hall required some serious maneuvering and techniques.
The day before JAMB sef, no one was at home. Everyone went to go and look for the 'expo'...lol. Naija sef!
And man, people had such intricate ways of hiding that expo ehn. I hear say babes would go and fix micro braids before the exam and hide the expo inside their hair, inside their bra, inside their shoe. Nna ehn, people were determined to get into University by ALL MEANS. Can't say that I blame them though, taking JAMB 10 times could frustrate a human being.

While I was sitting around bored and waiting for my SSCE and JAMB results, my mother asked me to go and register for the GCE examination. Initially, I dreaded the whole concept of it + I got posted to some wack exam location so I really was not feeling it at all but looking back now, I had a really good time sha. I made a new set of friends who I termed my 'GCE clique' and one of the guys in my crew had the hookups to all the supposedly legit expo. I really was not trying to study for this exam o jare, so every morning before exams we would all meet and plan on how we would pass the expo to each other. Needless to say, I FAILED pretty woefully...and they swore to me that the darn expo was the legit stuff o. Yeyerism...

Thanks to my good SSCE and JAMB scores, I was off to University within a couple of months. and thanks to those scores, I got admitted to study the only course that made sense if you were in the 'arts' field = LAW. Uh uh believe it or not, I the Original Mgbeke was gonna be a Lawyer? Pretty funny stuff since I came to Yankee and totally took a left turn from that field. But even till today, some of my friends insist that I could have gone to law school since I tend to be overanalytical/will not let an argument go until it is resolved and blahblahblah. Na them sabi sha...
But back-tracking to that sha, good scores were essential 'cos you could get admitted to the uni of your choice but get assigned to study some random azz course like Agriculture or some chit. Abeg wetin I wan carry Agriculture do? Or Secreterial studies...errrm no offense to any individual who may have majored in these o jare. Na so I see am oo...
Hmm hmmm but law, it was. And it was a pretty interesting department too. We had to wear black and white most days (for some yeye reason), and it couldn't even be cute outfits in black and white i.e maybe a nice pair of black pants and cute white shirt. No o, they wanted us to come to lectures looking 'corporate' and like future lawyers. I really used to wish I was in the engineering or computer science department so that I could rock my jeans and t-shirts as I pleased.

All in all, Uni days were pretty interesting. I definitely had a lot of fun being one of the hot jambites. It was nice to be a fresh and new face on campus. Hehehe, I remember how we would reapply our lipgloss when it was time to walk past the Engineering buildings just because that Engineering required a sister to put a pep in her step and an extra switch to her hips 'cos man o man, I am convinced that all the fine men in my Uni were in Engineering. And they had a habit of just chilling outside the department, hanging around so every chick who walked past, was subject to a good eyeballing by ol' dudes.
I had my Uni clique...we even gave ourselves some funny name. I don forget the name sha...twas about 7 of us babes, we would always have lunch together, party together and during someone's class break, we would go and chill in someone's on campus room or boys quarters aka BQ.Ahhh, memories. I was pretty darn miserable when I had to leave and come over here, I mean I was having way too much fun!

My sister recently told me that she ran into a guy who went to Uni with me, and he walked up to her, asked about me and confessed that he used to have the biggest crush on me in Uni. Hahahaha, I was like abeg ooo, who dat is? I hope it was one of those engineering cuties that I used to eyeball. *Chuckles*...unfortunately my sister forgot his name so that one may be one unsolved mystery. Ha!

31 comments:

mochahourglass said...

FIRST. I'm the Sugar. Honey. Ice Tea. Take THAT CultureCynic :p.

Ms.O said...

ahhhh 2nd!!! BRB!

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mochahourglass said...

hahaha..expo in microbraids kwa? dizzam.

It's a LIE! You remember those clique names. Don't front. You know 9ja peeps always had the funniest ways of coining nicknames. I remember my friend's nickname was "kitchen"..cuz she could throw down likkkkeeee!

mochahourglass said...

Also..haha. you're failed expo attempt had me rolling. Step your game up sha.

UnderCover07 said...

Lol...I can sooo relate to this. I'm glad I got to experience Uni in 9ja b4 coming ova o. And yup Engine boys were the shiznit then!

Story of my life, my boyfie is actually an Engine guy I met during my jambito yrs. (story for anoda day...lol)

Greatest Uniben...Great!...lol

Nice Anon said...

LOL. My love you dey funny die!
Bia if you see the kain expo i bin dey do for Naija eh? No be sey I no sabi book ooh but I wan do big girl na. I no take WAEC sha otherwise I for expo the whole thing too. I always came 1-10 without actually applying myself in anything.

I so wanted to go to ABSU back then. I remember going with "arts" because I figured it will be easy and not hard at all. LOL

leggy said...

lol...i also took the jamb,sat,toefl...name it so anxiety is a smal term for what i felt...got admitted to study the course i wanted chemEngine the first time i tried into uniben but i was sent here...he he he..i cld def relate...

yinkuslolo said...

i relate 100%, except taht i dint go to uni in naija. mehn, expo was serz biz in naija, from mere subjs test to bio practical.

i hated MOCK exams

bob-ij said...

Ah Ah! Thus new layout is hott...Mgbeke I;ve missed your blog....I'm not going away again..I'll read later...I have a test tomorrow *crossed fingers*
x!

Tinu said...

I remember those days o!!JAMB was crazy there was this babe that was in my hall she didnt do the english part bcos she was waiting for chemistry and physics!!!
I did GCE too and I one dude came in to tell us the answers from 1-100 he didnt call from 25-35 and they asked he was like that was the "impediment"

Original Mgbeke said...

Mocha: You are always the sugar. honey. ice. tea...LOL.
Yes o, babes were serious about their methods of expo. LMAO, it was pretty darn heelarious.
Mayneee that GCE runs was a total BUST! Na who send me?
LOL @ kitchen.

Ms. O: LOL.

UnderCover: It seems like a lot of bloggers are Uniben peeps. Awwww, the story already sounds cute. Share with us someday...yeah?

Nicey m: Hahahaha, chei this babe! On the real expo made life so much simpler ehn, e get some mid term exams for school wey all man go just go the gangsta way and open book on their laps. And then you had to be sure that it was legit expo too.
So many of my school girls went to ABSU, I was like lai lai. Secondary school remix!

Leggy: Wow, another Uniben chick ehn. Naija uni was fun sha, you would have had a fun experience.

Yinkus: OMG, you just took it back to memory lane. I remember those yeye mock exams. Very nonsense stuvvings, what was the essence sef?

Bob-Ij: Where you been girlllllll? Long time no see! Berra not go away o. Taking summer classes abi? G'luck!

Tinu: Bwahahahahha @ someone coming to call out answers. We got such people but I didn't trust their own brand of expo. Gosh, taking exams in Naija was interesting sha.

webround said...

I remember that one way to know that a class [at least in engineering] was about to end was if you looked round the class and saw the babes furtively applying their make-up.

law students in my school were also required to dress corporately. Some people also claimed that female law students couldn't wear trousers(pants for the Americans)to class. Can't really remember if that was true or not...

Fabulo-la said...

Ahah! Am I d only one that took jamb twice here biko?? And still i no reach cut off!
LOL!!!
I guess some of us would never have gone to sch if not for obodo oyinbo

Rene said...

lmao....Engineering boys were fine O!
expo in briads....dt 1 nop get part two o!

olu said...

WAEC, GCE, JAMB...Story of my life.

Expo was - and IS STILL the ish - in 9ja. The tension of writing the damn exams, the CONSTANT drama in the exam hall, JAMB Mathematics (this one deserves as special mention), the invigilators (the mean ones, the corrupy ones) micro-chips *smiles wryly*, the nightmare of waiting for the results, cut-off marks, admission lists...

...then in Uni (A Nigerian Uni, that is) where I'm currently at:

Voltron forming, all-nighters, etc, etc E no easy!

On point - as always.

Original Mgbeke said...

Webround: Hahahaha, no be small thing. You no see as babes like Undercover met their engineering boos? Babes gosta look cute for the engineering hotties!
And actually yes, we ladies in Law could not wear pants. Very annoying sonthing, babes no even fit balance on okada because of those yeye skirts.

Fabou-la: No, you for enter but hin fit be for secreterial studies. LMAO...thank God for obodo oyinbo o!

Rene: It was a universal hotness. Yes, chicks would fold papers and hide 'em in their braids.

Olu: Talk true, you dey organize your exams with Profs shey? man pikin wan aim for at least a 2.1, I no blame you at all my bros.
*Shudders* @ JAMB Math. Abeg o! Which one be Voltron forming again? Hahahahaha...
How you dey na?

faB!! said...

Dangg........... Nigeria Uni always seems like fun mehn. From all the naija movies and all, whenever I picture a Nigerian University its all 'cliques', 'boys', 'fun', 'party' and yea...eduacation too cos of all those lecturers and their damn papers/write-ups they sell just to extort money from students.

Tigeress said...

nice layout. i can see that u've been reminiscing. lol

Nice Anon said...

I remember during WAEC mock exam.. I no bin dey go Igbo class and I no kon get note for the class. Na so i just hustle my classmate for her notes. I kon dey dejala the thing. She was so scared eh.. me? No shakes na! She kon dey tok " nice anon" Hmmm aga ejide anyi ooh! I'm like gi na onye? Na who get note? No be you? Abeg nyem 10 yards oo. Furu 37 sharp sharp!


For WAEC then pipo dey put mgbo as pad, put it in their uniform collar, write it on their thighs.. you name it chics were doing it!

*Diane* said...

more memories i don't have. lol. but i did have a cliche and stuff but we didn't have a name tho... and i cheated once but i was in primary 4...off some girl who swore to me she had all the correct answers..i flunked that test so hard it hurt...after then, i decided never again.lol

Lady X said...

Hahahaha!
Been reminiscing bout High School a lot these days...

LusciousRon said...

I am remembering the creative fun I had with them Black & White outfits!
U went to Unilag! All them Engineering boys. Those were the days.

Those days before jamb instead of studying na expo we go dey find! Thank God I passed o. It would have been a disaster. I still wonder why SSCE results get posted beside Princi's office. Why we never got serious with GCE etc.

I love this post.

Original Mgbeke said...

FaB: It was a lot of fun, but the studying part sucked. LOL...some of those professors were just terrible!

Tigeress: Thainzzz. Yes o, I have been reminiscing.

Nicey my babe: You are HILARIOUS. You are such a bully...bwahahahaha. See as the chick come fear!
Meeeeeen see gangsta runs, I remember that pad ish, heard about it during JAMB. Man must pass by all means!

Diane: Unfortunately, that was the issue with expo. You had to make sure it was the legit deal. Hahahahaha, you were scarred for life.

LadyX: I sure have!

LusciousRon: Hmmm thanks to my anal professors, I could not even get too creative. We could not get serious with GCE cos that was like the backup plan for SSCE and me I knew that I was passing my SSCE. Thanks lady, it's always nice to reminisce.

CultureCynic said...

seee how mochahourglass has managed to try to drag me into trouble....i no send biko...CC has turned over a new tree, from now on till further notice, i will not trouble start....one week one trouble...

hapum aka o....

sniffles...none of this stuff is relatable to me.....no jamb no waec..no uni in 9ja....ahahahaha come to think of it it was prolly for the best, cuz am sure my mouth would have landed me in a ditch some other where...


lmaoooo at yeyerism....ahahahaha i go steel that one .....


nne mehn i didnt bronze ooo...na natural tan and pink lip, i have been baking in the sun like no man's bizness.....laid out to much on the beach nearly got a sun burn....apparently even tuff Nigerian skin needs SPF 13.....u should see my tan enh....bia this babe stop being a lazy bum and post the pix dont think i forgot o.....dont make me use my IT skills and hack your computer for them......

olu said...

@Mgbeks: The antics that one gets up to prior to enrolling here is not applicable in Uni. these days - or maybe I just don't know what's up. Now I'm a pseudo-nerd who only sin is Voltron-forming...

...and speaking of Voltron-forming: It means sitting with your clique and making sure the brilliant person is the strategically placed in the middle where (s)he can easily "feed" the others, and it doesn't work in most cases cos the sadistic lecturers know the bookworms and end up isolating them. Tough luck. In my case the Voltron is very necessary. Why won't it be when I read only when exam is like a week away (I know, I know).

Enkay said...

hahaha! @ your fake GCE expo!
Most of them were really fake then and you could say I was one of those 'eficos' - Jack hard and pass hard!

Now I know why all those non-Engineering gals always come to steal our guys from us right under our own noses!

Original Mgbeke said...

CultureC: Akuko! Is it only new leaf? Tales by moonlight..
So na SAT and TOEFL wey your heart dey beat for nau.
That tan is looking fab, plus the make up kwa. Na you biko!
No wahala, I go put up sneak pics before you hack my PC so. LOL

Olu: I like nerds. Ha! LMAOOO @ Voltron, I know that back then everyone definitely wanted to position theirselves around the bookatees sha o. But the bookatees kwa dey mise the information.

Enkay: Eficos had so much discpline. I was certainly not one sha o, I just had retentive memory so that the lord. Hahahah yes o, we chicks from other departments wanted your men. LOL

Anonymous said...

HA HA HA! i remeber when i went for my own jamb, thats when i decided am nt skooling in naija, pple were just cheating ehn! but skooling in naija wud have been fun sha

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Reverence said...

LMAO...ha i remember GCE that was my first exposure to real world...lol
I am pretty sure the person that had the number after me hired people to sit for the exam for him/her. up till today i no know who be the real candidate. today boy will come, tomorrow girl.

oh and then one of my friends gave me expo. me i didn't believe him so i sha took it to study before the exam as past questions. i now shared it with this random guy who was sitting next to me. thats how we entered hall and it was the actual exam. during the break before paper 2 he now brought his gf.. talking about "we hear you have good study materials" *dead*

Penelope said...

Lmao @ Secetarial studies...wth.
Awwlies u had so much fun oh...university here is so random n serious...n so onyibo!
Sighs*...lol
Yeaaah i didnt get to write ny of dose exams so i wudnt know. But uve experienced alot sha...im very jealous. hehe.
But i heard sum pple used to put their expo on tissue paper. Weird.