Thursday, April 9, 2009

School Daze

I always say that you didn't have the true boarding school experience till you went to a Federal Government college. Sorry, Queens College babes need not identify, una ajebo-ism no get part 2. Oh, and awon Vivian Fowler, The Bells aka Horse riding school, Olasore, Adesoye, Atlantic Hall and what not, y'all should not even cough in this FGGC product's presence. Ha Ha!

I went to boarding school in the east. For someone who was born and raised in Port Harcourt, you'd think that I would have opted to go to Abuloma but I wanted to try a new city. (In retrospect, I'm glad I aint go to that Abuloma aka I blow garri with those their extra special chicks.)

LOL. I am really trash talking all the schools aint I? S'all in good fun o jare.

Infact ehn, before I went off to my FGGC, while I was waiting for my Common Entrance results...I did a brief stint at an Airforce secondary school. All I have to say after that experience is God forbid! Those teachers/whatever they were called were MEAN, but that's another tori for another day.

Back to my FGGC gist...
Heading off to my feddy gals college, I was nervous, scared to be away from home, expectant, excited. I still very vividly remember my first day in school...the senior girls assembled all the newbies and started asking us about our backgrounds and if we had brothers (See them, desperate chicks...) If they determined that you were an ajebota or if you claimed to have a fine brother, they would make you their school-daughter.
There were benefits to being one's school daughter; if you were serving punishment aka kneeling down, lying down, or doing any form of gymnastics that some evil senior made you do and your school mother happened to be in the vicinity, odds were that she would intercede on your behalf and you would go scott free.
If it was SAP season (Structural adjustment program) and your ass was starving, you could go to your school mother and she would hook you up with some good ol' Cabin biscuits, Nasco cornflakes or the main the main staple; Garri!

Adjusting to the feddy lifestyle was initially very hard. Prior to secondary school, I had never had to share living spaces with about 24 girls. I had never lived life by such a strict schedule; From breakfast to class to lunch to prep to lights out. I had never had to take baths from a bucket, talkess of in a 'bathroom' with about 11 other girls splashing their own dirt on you.

I had never eaten food with the sorry excuse for meat, that my school had. Not to talk of those extra tiny portions. Infact we used to do food swaps which was pretty much, you telling someone 'May I please eat your morning food, and then you may eat my afternoon food'? Abeg allow us o, babes were hungry!

I had never experienced water scarcity, where we would take our buckets from dormitory to dormitory and beg people for scoops of water. In the end, we would take our buckets back and hide it very carefully under our beds only to wake up the next morning and discover that some cunning thief had helped themself to almost, if not all of your hard earned water.

I had never had to literally fly from my top bunk when one random senior babe called 'A junior girl' in an effort not to be the last junior girl to land because if you were the last junior girl to get there, best believe that your ass was getting SENT.

I had never had to scrub an entire block of toilets (Read: 6 toilets) as my dormitory work for 6 months. And nna ehn, this wasn't not regular scrubbing o! Those toilets were always dirty as heck. So every Friday before Satuday's inspection, I would grab a big stick and start pounding 1 million blue house girl's maggot covered crusty shit, then I would use a bucket to wash it out, pour some dettol around the zone and start scrubbing. Ah, I always tell people...don't be fooled by the soft, ajebo looking skin o. I don did some dirty work in my life time.

I had never had to ask permission to enter a senior girl's class. I mean, in retrospect I was probably the same age as most of these chicks but before you entered their classes, you had to call out 'Excuse me senior 5A girls, may I please enter'? and if 5A girls were in the mood for some comic relief, someone would call out 'Yes. Fly in' or 'Yes. Dance in' and woe betide you if you don't do any of the above. Ohhh and you didn't even want them to catch you walking on their corridor. You would find yourself kneeling under the hot sun for a couple of hours.

But I adjusted...and I had a lot of fun! As the years passed and we kwa became seniors, life got easier. Now as opposed to fetching senior Nkechi's bucket of water, I could now send Ifeoma to fetch my own bucket of water.
We had 'neighbors', who slept on our top bunk and pretty much did everything for us, as we did for the seniors when we were juniors babes. My neighbor was responsible for fetching my daily bucket of water, washing and ironing my clothes, making my bed and in general...making my life easier. :-D

I joined a couple of social clubs and got a chance to participate in events such as 'Press Club day', which was pretty much was excuse for us male deprived females to hang around a whole bunch of boys from the nearby federal colleges.
For events such as Press club day, we practiced mimes that we would perform on stage, and on the actual day we made sure we wore our shortest skirts...after all, the boys were coming!

I made friends for life!

Visiting days were the first sunday of every month. We lived for visiting days, and we would all camp out with friends at their parents cars, and invite them to our own parents cars to come and eat with us. Post visiting day, every one was happy because their lockers were re-filled with provisions like Nasco (Or Kellogs for the rich folk), Cabin biscuits, peak milk, milo/bournvita, GARRI, cookies...and our wallets were fatter with the pocket money that our parents gave us.

I considered myself to be something of an all-rounder in secondary school. I wasn't part of the popular jingos club, I wasn't a spiro aka SU, I wasn't an effico aka bookatee, I wasn't one of the 'outcasts' either. I just flowed freely with everyone and that made my boarding school experience even more memorable.

Boarding school was fun for real! In my last year, I made friends with a set of very mischievious chicks who were always looking for the latest gist/scandal. I remember one jobless saturday night, we heard word of some lesbians making out and decided to sneak up to their window to watch the action for ourselves. LOL
Ah, we had plenty lele's o. It was the lack of males that caused it sha...

Ahhhh, nostalgia! I'm sitting here, and actually missing those good ol' days.

Or is it those girls who were campaigning for prefect positions? As a defaulter, I know say e no go reach me so I didn't even bother. But it was extraaaa funny when they would announce prefects, and some of the campaigners ehn? e just fly them like say dem dey stand for JFK airport and British Airways flew past them. Flyoooooooooooo. Some wicked chicks would make paper planes, and when they post they were campaigning for no reach them, they would throw the paper planes in their direction. LOLLLLL.

I remember those boxed up chicks who used to go to Jand/Yankee every summer, and when they came back we would be admiring their cute accessories, and acquisitions and thinking how lucky they were. I mean, when I came to yankee and I hit up CVS, I saw the 99c tweety folders and chit that we used to trip for back in the day. Too funny...

I remember holidays and how there was this current of excitement running through the whole school. People with excess provisions would share with the hungry folk like me who always finished their provs real quick. Everyone was happy to be heading home for the long long summer holiday. I remember the Ekenedilichukwu and ABC buses that came to pick the Lagos girls. In those instances, I really used to wish that I was a Lagos babe 'cos those their trips home were reportedly very fun.

I remember the final days, when we jacked hard for our WAEC and JAMB examinations. We pulled all nighters, and it was hella bitter sweet because as we dey jack, we knew that this was it! After the exams, and class party we were O-U-T and we potentially would not see some of those girls again.
Since we pretty much had one foot out the door, we were hella defaulting, wearing 'mufti' to afternoon prep, some girls sef no gree plait their hair again or they would do the extra deep 'brush' that was on some straight up defaulting status.

Man o man, I miss those good ol' days. I really do...
I spent a good 6 years of my life in that secondary school. Well, most of it minus the summer vacations and what not, and I can confidently say that it helped in shaping my character.
I learned not to take anything for granted; I mean I see some people complaining about cafeteria food and I'm like whaaaat? You should have seen what I had to eat in secondary school, this chit is a 3 course dinner fit for a king compared to that.
I learned to work with what I had.
I met so many girls from different backgrounds; from the extra rich ones aka the boxed up ones to the ones whose parents were struggling. It was truly a melting pot for all sorts of characters and people from different back grounds and I learned to accept everyone for who they were.
School daze were worth every punishment I served, I won't trade it for anything in the world!

Left to me, I'd ship my kids off to boarding school too! Let them learn a thing or two.

The end.

PS:- This was a long post, which didn't even cover half of my boarding school experience. Ha ha.

80 comments:

TayneMent said...

yer such a school hater!

FYI there was water scarcity in Bells :o

Tinu said...

firssssst!!!i thot i was slacking o!

Original Mgbeke said...

Taynement, once a year abi? LOL.

Tinu: 2ndddddd.

Tinu said...

I wish I went to a boarding school!I would have been much tougher than I am !u had mad fun!!chai u tried that ur duty for 6months!

Vera Ezimora said...

Dang, babe! U brought back a lot of memories ooo. Me, I couldn't stay in boarding school for the whole nine yards. I no be ajebo sha, but I no fit. I used to fall sick everyday. Finally, my parents said forget it! They pulled me out.

But uhm, my kids will definitely be sticking it out in boarding school. They'll thank me later.

bob-ij said...

I went to boarding school too. It was pretty ajebo though. teachers couldn't beat students and seniors couldn't punish @ least the girls!...lol..

But you're right the boarding school experience is second to none. I love the independence it taught me!

x!

TayneMent said...

bob-ij, what school you representing?

bumight said...

omigosh! u made me miss boarding school. i spent 4 years in boarding school.
for some reasons, the seniors liked me and i was never singled out for punishment - only general punishments.
i remember the days of water scarcity. thank God for my senior/school mother connections, that was the only way i got to take baths. I remember using 2 sponge cases of water to take a bath!
morning duty, inspection, and room duties!
gosh, the memories are flowing!!

eyeshadowjunkie.blogspot.com said...

you are so on point.
i went to a boarding school too and it was hell ,and it sucks more if you are a junior.
your post sure brings back memories..

really nice blog and i stalk ur blog too....lol

Tay-mee said...

Gosh apart from tge nasty things like cleaning toilets(GOD FORBID) I really wish I went to boarding school in Nigeria, people always have mad stories to tell, but most of the schools are becoming very buty so even if I send my kids it'll be nothing like the stories I hear now...

Afrobabe said...

Dam, this is the third time you and I will be thinking of writing on the same topic and you always beatme to it...kilode???

Is there a spy in my house or are we so well sync-ed?
Boarding school cannot be summed up inone post darling...you have to break it up into a million posts....ech experience counts..

Ladi said...

My matron flogged me oh!

Sha, my boarding school was full of ajebos but not wahala-esq ue like FGGC but no provisions, but friggin smart people.

As in what kind of school will 10-16yr old be obsessed and brutal with grades and positions?

Ajebo schools are good for networking, imagine my grandma's reaction when almost every guy on the news had kids in my school and there was always one parent in the sunday papers on visiting day.

When I was interning in a bank, used those netwrokung skill when rich folk came in, I'll start talking about how I went to school with their kids, then bankers would be wondering where I knew the Gvernor from. Lol!

Go figure what school but its not any of those Lagos schools (N1million annually) with washing machines, ATM facilities, non-uniformers, rude students (hehe)

Ladi said...

Lol@ 99c items...same happened when I finally started janding, I'll know who's pajamas and school bag were on sale (like mine).

webround said...

i spent the whole 6 years in FGC and it was brutal, and nice at the same time. In the end, I was glad my parents said all the kids must go to boarding school. It really shaped my life and has helped me survive tough situations.

I don't know about the all girls schools but some of the senior boys would definitely be in prison in yankee if they pulled some of their secondary school stunts over here.

Federal Bratt!! said...

hahaha..the toilet experience, that was ma first duty as a fresh babe from lag, kai!!! i remember in the mornin theyl b splashing the toilet water on mi, il jus b cryin as the water is enterin ma own toilet..psn go de pound shit like poundo..hmnnn
u forgot labour and tuckshop adn alll dem scary stories..lady koi koi n bush baby..ur post had mi in stictches esp the senior girls own..i hated sce sch den but nw thinkin abt it jus cracks mi up majorly...wat of babes dat were always accused of dating the cute male lecturers and u shud c pandemonium wen they post male corpers to sch..kai!!! dat equals increased hemlines n more makeup to class...i dont think id like to send ma kids to boarding hse in this day n age sha cos sadly things are not the same anymore..i want them under my nose..where i can c them n monitor well...
av a gud easter!!!!
enof laffs to last mi for the day...

Federal Bratt!! said...

oh..i wised up after two weeks oh..u shud av seen the long broom i used to splash water back conceerning the toilet duty. plus it was increase in lipgloss not makeup as that wasnt allowed, see shining lips mehn...u cud fry one plantian with with all dat oil...
also grass cuttting...hehehehe and all the babes that used to "react" to it and even had ficticious docs reports to substantiate it..also the "asmathic" student and fainting fits..lol!!..if i continue i wont leave ere today..

downtheaisle said...

Gosh! you brought back the memory of pounding shit in boarding school. I can't imagine I'm still alive after passing thru that shit pounding ordeal!

juiceegal said...

Who tld u qc babes r ajebos..........ahhhh dnt dull urself o...lol,bcos dey cme out nd strt formin abi...d boarding house was one of d worst places on earth

scribble,me.free said...

sounds like u had mad fun...

i resented my parents at first for not sending me to boarding school..but even though i've come to terms with it now, reading your post has made me miss what I never had

BSNC said...

i think you covered most of it. so you pounded shit too.. kai boarding school will not kill us. i stayed there only for 3 yrs. i couldn't take it anymore. it does have its advantages too...

RocNaija said...

Lol @ Cabin biscuits and Nasco.. Classic..

Never went to b. school personally.. but don't think I missed much.. asides from the camaraderie(?) that you get from going through the same experiences together

mizchif said...

LMAO!!! OMG how very nostalgic.
You know 4 some reason, i actually pegged u as a Q.C girl.

This just brings back memeories mehn, even though i tactfully avoided boarding house till SS2. Plix SS1 was toilet work yr, i can't shout!

Kate said...

Lol..awww... memories!! Why did you choose an all girls school vs. mixed?

SouLBoutiQue said...

As a yankee babe. I always wanted to school in Nigeria. But my parents weren't having it. until my senior yr in high school momsi decided my siblings should go to igbendion and Benin! I laughed and thought ko-serious! you had your chance.....they left sha...while i started at HU. I always think I was meant to go to boarding school in nigeria...my kids most likely will!

Ovay West said...

A-hall was gangster!! do not be deceived!!! I learned to scale the window without using my hands for support :D and I ate(whatever) ice cream like eba :( and used set square to eat chinese food. Life was good!
I didn't do any nasty duties though, who am I kidding?I didn't do any duties at all!!

Sting said...

yay for FGGC's. I attended one.

L-VII said...

I laughed so hard reading this.. I wish I went to secondary school in Naija, unfortunately for me, I was abruptly janded. It sounds like the kinda fun you realise you had only after it's over.

Thanks for the read, it has made my day so far.

Wonderfully & Beautifully...MADE said...

I love this post

first of all if you did not go to boarding school in naij..then u didnt go to school..lol

but mgbeks sha...babes has suffered sha...waatt!

ok..let me just say that i went to (IEC) igbinedion education centre for about 2years.and that was hell..but it was fun..sounds a lot like what we went through there..lol..at eating ur friends food plus urs in the morning..etc...now thats just classic...as hiding your water under your bed..and some b**ch stealing it...that was not funny then o...as in at all...

nywayz after iec..i went to a school in lag called ctc for a year...it wasnt bad but..but i hated the school, cause a teacher flogged my sister infront of the whole school..and i was crying....plus my sis was like one of the smartest, quiet students..how dare them..if anybody it should have been me..but they where 2 scared..lol..(all mouth)

afetr that i went to a very posh school in scotland for 6months..and i hated it....hence..the 6month stay

and then i finished of at (BIS).british international school VI...now this school. was an ajebo school to the core..so thank God i atleast went to iec, where i was grounded a lil bit....hmmm..since you have given us a history about suffer suffer boarding schools in naij...i think i will give a brief history about wanna be ajebo schools in naija like BIS..lol...so look out for that..

plus what FGC wasthis...enugu or owerri..im guessing owerr abi??

sorry about the long comment, but i really enjoyed this post..lol.xxx

AnyaPosh said...

LoL...i haven't seen that phrase "...scott free in a while".

And I thought 'SAP' referred to 'Season After Provisions'?! LOL...I guess different FGC, different acronym.

I remember my days in school without water too. damn, my school was in the desert so it was worse. I'm sure y'all had rain in the east.

girl....your stories are completely identical to mine. Damn. We were in opposite parts of the country but the gists are the same. FGGC mentality. LOL at the fancy folders and cute accessories or stickers...the sh!t was the bomb then. Now I find that stuff at the 99cent store in a bin.

mehn, school days were mad fun. i co-sign on all those sentiments.

CultureCynic said...

WAITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT. stop didnt know u too were born in portharcout..!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yup yup Michelin Estate gon gon!!!! lmaooo raznesss....

hahahahaha i went to Holy Rosary, mehn boarding school was too much, in Jss1 i kept getting in trouble for not "obeying" orders and answering back...trust nah i always tried to have a come back.u kno those meanie showed me nwiii but not to much cuz my mumsy knew some the teachers, so.....plus i used to have fainting spells o so they had to leave me alone for a bit. Jss2 was about seizing sandals o, apprantly my shoes were never brown enuff....rubbish they just wanted to just seize it and wear it....Jss3 interhouse sports and i discovered cute boys, prior to that tot boys had cooooties....lol. yup toilet duty was tooo gross the tot of it make me wanna barf so i am gonna leave that one alone. what else....eating indomie for everymeal and drinking oto like it was mana. no matter how much food u had it was never enuff, someone "smarter" than u will finish it for u before u kno whats up. But i didnt get in thattttttttt much trouble, u r defintly right tho, it did help that i had an older brother, cuz a few of the girls let me get away with some shit cuz they knew him, but then there was this senior that wickeded me ehn cuz apparently him and my bro used to have something...which one consingned me kwanu but nothing like like the wrath of a woman scorned, her and her friends showed me enhhh.

" from ss2 down th e line, i dont wanna see any single soul in the dormitory, leave this dormitory for me...otherwise i will put u to a case of ira bonvita".....lol

damn i wish i stayed long enuff to make senior status ehn, DAMN, those babes would have seen nwiiiii..lol

MissLove said...

YOU WAN KILL PESON!!! that was longgggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg...anyhows I feel you for a QC girl... wooo don't even say that school was posh.. we only LOVED forming!! lmao

Ada said...

Holy roasary!!! lmao.. I heard one girl was so horny that she used bananna to chook herself and it got stuck....lmao

mochahourglass said...

Haha! Hush up. You were a bubbler (read: BOB-LA). You're not fooling anyone but yourself. Don't make me expose you here :o. Man o man those house toilets were something serious. Don't know how you did it. Your house captain most DEF. tried to lock me into that. You know baby girl was like , "HELL TO THE NAW!" I quickly claimed irritation and got cobwebs instead ;). Those were the days, having experienced the best of both worlds, I'll have to admit, boarding school in 9ja holds my fondess memories..esp since I was dropped there straight from Jand like some kinda bad joke. LOL. Great post. You were spot on with alot of the memories.

mochahourglass said...

Oh, and I remember you and your friends on that jobless "le-le" seeking night. TOOOOO funny!

Princess Jumai said...

you are soo lucky. I never got to experience boarding school because my parents thought i would go haywire.. I had many friends at jephta in port harcourt though and compared to me, i see how boarding school really shaped them and made them more confident and such...

justdoyin said...

did we go 2 d same sec school, or are all FGGCs just sooooo similar? u really made me laf remembering all dose different scenarios; the provs, exhange of meals, preping 4d boys, seniors n punishment...i cld go on n on n on...thx 4 ds gurl...

Original Mgbeke said...

Tinu: Ahh you missed o, ok lemme not rub it in. You might have gone and hated it tho.

Vera: LOL @ falling sick. My dia, by the time those mosquitos feasted on you na so so malaria wey man pikin got get.

Bob: Oh yeah it definitely taught some major independence.

Bumight: LOL, 2 sponge cases= Rub and shine! I say the thing really thought you to manage limited resources. Serious stuvvs!

Eyeshadow: And then we got to be senior babes and started enjoy life na. Thanks a lot mi dear, will scoot over to yours in a bit.

Taymee: Yes those schools are really becoming very buty. I be hearing about kids taking ipods, laptops and what have you, to school. Odikwa serious o.

Afrobabe: We are well synced! I'm your blog soul mate..LOL. My dear, I was just thinking of so many other things that I left out.

Ladi: Which school be that o? Sounds very gen gen. I'm not too familiar with a lot of Lagos schools sha.

Webround: Oh, i heard about how brutal the guys were. Like killer brutal. I'm like dang, you guys suffered o.

Federal Bratt: LMAO, girl did we go to the same school? I totally forgot about tuckshop tooo. Girl you just reminded me about a lot of stuff, the corpers for our male starved azzes, the doctor's reports, cutting grass. Oh my days! Too too funny...

Downtheaisle: Girlll, what don't kill you will make you stronger. Ha Ha

Juicegal: Men, una forming no get part 2 men. I think QC babes were disliked among most FGGC's, even till today sef, dem still dey pose well well. Much love to my QC babes tho!

Scribbleme: If it makes you feel better, I heard the male boarding experience was brutal, wicked dudes. Seemed most males in federal schools were day students anyway.

Original Mgbeke said...

BSNC: Yes o, choi. A whole big ghelz like me pounding chit.

RocNaija: Like I told scribbles seemed most dudes were day students but the camaraderie was surely worth it all.

Mizchif: LOL, really...why? Man you escaped the yeye days of being a Ju babe. Lucky duck!

Kate: Hmmm, I think my parents made that decision o. I think dem no want me to spoil or something. :o

SoulBoutique: I think you'd have enjoyed Igbenedion. I considered it to be an ajebo school too sha. lol...yes o, I would love yo cart my kids off to school in Naija if I settle in Yankee.

Ovay: LOLLZZZ. Ahall Gangsta! Tew Tew funny, I heard about you guys o. I have a couple of Ahall peeps. :-D

Sting: Yeahhhh. FGGC's rawk!

LVII: I'm glad I could help, loll. Good times indeed. So you went to high school in Jand aye?

Wonderfully & fearfully: Ahhh girl, I will be looking out for your post on the ajebo schools, no doubt. I want some insight into that. I know a couple of people who went to Igbinedion sha, I used to think it was one serious ajebo school. You sure moved around a bit, but it's all part of the experience abi?

Anya: Ok that's hilarious. I've never heard of 'Season after provisions' but it sureee makes sense. Structural Adjustment is the original meaning. Whether the school dey East, North or South it sure was on some similiar stuvvs all around.

Culturecynic: This is Crazy! Similiar stuvsss. You kwa be PH bebe. Ph babe rock!
I used to randomly pass Holy Rosary o, never knew anyone who went there sha. But LOL @ seizing the brown shoe, they did that chit in my school too. Haters sha!
And man, we lived for interhouse sports so we would wear our cute and colorful outfits and scope the dudes. Memories man
LOL @ leave the dorm before I put you in a case of bournvita. Too funny! Why do I think you were one of them mean senior babes too?

MissLove: It was on a long thing for real though. Ehnn QC babes dey expose themselves small small...LOL

Ada: Abeg no kill me for here! On some horny stuvvs. I heard about stuff like that in my school too, or girls who used hangars to do abortion. Kai.

Mocha: First of all..YAAAAY. You are now a blogsville member, now where is your blog dammit?
Ah, me? bubbler ke? *innocent look*
I am officially mad at ya and your darn cobwebs job, that was the easiest job ever! *Hissssss*
Ah but you know we had good ol' times, I still vividly remember the night on the suckaway pit as we plotted to spy on the lele's. LOLLLL.

PrincessJumai: PH product too? Hiiiiiii. No shakings my sister, there will be other memorable experiences in life. Boarding school isn't the all in all. :-)

Doyin: Similiar stuff abi? I'm telling you there was a worldwide memo or something that made all those schools so alike.

Thanks y'all for commenting, and adding to my memory lane.

Nice Anon said...

Feddie babes are always feeling extra. No be sey una sabi that much either. Goft dey close to una abi? Brings back memories. Lovely post!

Paris said...

i can testify to more than half of this post.
i went to command ipaja for abt two yrs before moving to d states and my oh my, i'll need a book to document my experiences. T'was Hell on earth but for some reason, i really appreciated it and even missed it. Truth is u adjust...

I later came back 2 naija sha for high school but it was an ajebutter skool. As in junior students telling u abt their rights and what not. Shooooo i'm like see these rats oo, that teeth and mouth of urs would have been served to d dogs in comlag if u had dared to say that.

But being that it was a naija sec school, best believe, runs was stil going down regardless....ajebbuter, pako or not.
I was one of the most feared captains of my set..lol. It was d military in me.
*sigh* those were d days sha. It really helped shaped me up and if and when i do have kids, best believe they'll be goin to a baording school in naija. it may be an ajebuuter one sha. sowwy, can't put my babies thru d unnecessary torture of those govt school seniors. lol

joicee said...

I am an ex-Abuloma babe... I certainly agree with everything you posted...It was like you were decribing my own bording house experience

..loved it

Anonymous said...

'May I please eat your morning food, and then you may eat my afternoon food'? ......I almost died when I read this!!! LOL!! A small part of me wishes I went to school in Nigeria!!

xx

i.rep.naija said...

wonderful post dat brings nostalgic feelings with it. i went to a girls boarding skul after spending a month in a police secondary skul. mehn, dose barracks' children decked my life after claiming dat al my provs were contrabands. kai, dey showed me shegay and i did rub and shine thruout. it didnt kill me, it made me stronger. boarding skul experiences are just limitless.

kay-shawn said...

Very nostalgic indeed. You didn't mention what years you were in secondary school. (No, I'm not trying to guess how old you are.) Its just that I learnt a lot has changed now. Things are no longer the way they used to be.

Lolia said...

AND she fails to mention Loyola Jesuit College...

Ahahahahaha @ 'una ajebo-ism no get part 2'

I really should do a post on my secondary school days...It'll be quite an interesting undertaking...

First time here I believe but love it!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
x

olu said...

I love this! Thank you for this entry.

*I remember SAP (one begins to count the seconds). My friends and I once ate garri with toothpaste. We also soaked garri in bread nylon, took it to class, and sucked on the damn nylon during break when the garri must have "Swollen up". Geez!

*My eba for your meat etc etc
*Water thieves also boku for my side.
*"Last junior." Running like a mutherfucker.
*I didn't get to wash those hideous toilets cos I was a short guy (thank God!). I got the bathroom. The toilet was meant for the tall guys.
*The eye-service people did to become prefects was hilarious.
*I remember cursing some stingy guys who refused to share their provs with me. They prefer to carry them home. Haba!
*Sporting waves cream obsession.

Memories, memories. I'll never forget those 6 years.

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MPB said...

See this yeye chick oh...everything you experienced, i experienced in QC. We are just a more cultured set of ladies...lol, but they trained us well well, we went thru the faya of boarding house life as well. Meanwhile, i really liked this post, made me nostalgic. I remember one of my fav things was when Nepa took light, and we would all pour out of dorms or class, singing songs and playing games (o ga na ga, bena bena, ten ten) until they put on the gens. One thing you said that resonates with me, is that boarding school helped me accept and mix with all kinds of people and it's something that continues to serve me well till today.

NigerianDramaQueen said...

Gosh you brought back soo many memories...even though I only went to boarding school for a year (and I went to one of those schools you said denies a coughing pass lol)...

I was definately stubborn. Refused to call anybody senior this or senior that-what the mess? I got away with a lot of stuff though...for a lot of reasons...lol

Repressed One said...

LMAO!! this babe don kill me. Gurl u took it way back!! Pounding shit as your 'morning duty' for x months with very little water and magically making then clean Or sweeping the front of the whole dorm in a particular pattern. "illegally" taking a bath [at the crack of dawn]on the slabs in front of the dorms cos the bathroom was nasty...

Senior babes randomly calling "Ju babes" to do all sorts just for their comic relief

fapping water from under peoples bed while they were in prep. Cooking indomie with boiling ring. chei!...boarding school was one kain place sha. Memories!!

StandTall-The Activist said...

Boarding school. Some of us missed out on this experience

miz-cynic said...

represd one,ur own sounds like mine oya whspr it.shsh.im stl gona do mine.u 4got int-hous sports

Buttercup said...

im just marking (a rather late) register..i'll be back to read!

My World said...

I had such a blast in FGC as well,this post sure brings back a lot of memories,toilet duty,scarcity of food/water,mean senior girls....hehehe...

J'Adore Fashion said...

OMG this brings back BAD memories, I went to Queens for 2 years before my friends deported me to this country; but I could only survive boarding school for 1yr. the school mother was a nightmare-I had to watch her dishes--I HATE washing dishes--they all just hated me for no reason at all--maybe be because I never had to fetch water because I had connections lmao...

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

lol!

First you yap QC, being that I "did my time" there for a bit, I dey vex you oh!

Then you diss FGGC Abuloma. Many a cousin went there oh! The scary stories they used to tell me about witches and what not...na wa!

Anyway, anyone that had to deal with the toilet situation at any Naija boarding school is gidi/strong! lol! My goodness, the memories and making me nauseous....

Mocha said...

Long post indeed!

I went to an FGGC so I have every right to speak in this arena **no autographs please**

I identify with e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g including WICKED harmattan!!
(my sch was up north)

Smaragd said...

All FGC peeps in the house say YAY!

PRO UNITATE!

I didn't read the whole post but most of the experiences are same as mine so I feel u.

*Diane* said...

now i'm jealous i never went to boarding school in Naija. Does going off to college count?

Uchenna said...

OHHHHHHH MYYYYYY GAWWWWWWWWWWDDDDDDDDDDDDD NOSTALIGIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! U KNOW WHAT IF there is one thing I regret in my LIFE, it is leaving FGGC after 1 freaking year!!!! i cried after my mom told me we were not coming back to NAIJA!!! like u wont believe. anyways I still have some strong memories from that 1 year I attended that school. Lets start by saying that I was not fit for dat SCHOOL, lol.....no one told me wat to expect, and I was one of those naive gurls that tried to pretend they were sleeping when they shoute "a JUNIOR GURL", DO U know How many times I got in trouble, lol...

i still remember the face of my neighbour that made my life a living hell that one year......anyways, u scrubbed shit, I picked up BLOODY PADS!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHH lol....its all coming back to me now, lol. oh i also remember "ironing" my shirts by folding them neatly under my bed....LMAO..

Watelse...

sardines, ketchup and rice...funny thing is I tried this like a week ago and it still tast great!

putting ur SPONGE or UNDIES in ur bucket of water...and guess what DAT SHIT STILL DID NOT STOP some dirry people from STEALIN UR WATER....NAStiness.

OH MY GAWD!!!!!!!!! great great memories!!!!!!!!!!

I just wished I stayed longer :(

LusciousRon said...

The good ol days. I am sending my kids to boarding house. It was so much fun then. We learnt how to 'manage' water. Deal with wicked seniors, Make friends etc. It was a learning curve alright. It instilled independence and a sense of responsibility in me.

I miss those bygone days. Visiting days are the best and those water scarcity? Crazy you see a lot of junior students looking like they just came from a yam flour grinding factory!especially in the harmattan season.

Then the forming in the sick bay to avoid those morning duties and ground work. Oh the memories.

QMoney said...

u really brought back memories my dear.
how about how we use to biff gals frm schools around and then lady koi-koi stories.
and to think those that went to airforce and then command had it worse,i think federal was my breakin point sha,i liked it but how can anything be worse than that?
how about the vals days??lol
the best part of been a senior gal was sleeping for 2hours straight in the afternoon and having junior girls fan me all through....dat was mad fun!
i dunno if my kids can go to federal school oh,things have changed

Buttercup said...

been tryna comment since oooo..mscheew!

abeg, where r my VF girls, make we deal with Mgbeks now now! lol. ok, I admit, VF is a butty school but I also went to another school(Babcock High) where I experienced a lot of stuff..

the boarding experience is somn that shud be treasured..as horrible as it might have been for some..

loved this post!

Writefreak said...

This was enlightening! lol

I didn't go to boarding school (though at some point, i begged my parents so much to let me) and i still don't feel like i missed....don't think i'll be sending my kids either!

Enkay said...

My sisters went to an FGGC in the east while I went to one in the North and from your gist I'm almost sure you went to their school!

Ekene and ABC buses used to bring them home to Lagos and they were always talking about food swapping. Did you guys call your beans bonzo? And your principal Princey?

I could write a whole book on my boarding school experience and i still wouldn't have told the whole story! Those were the years!!

Thanks for your good wishes on my birthday!

Ms.O said...

wow this post was hilarious! I only went for 2yrs before I was shipped outside naija! Mine wasnt soo bad and everyone loved the cute little girl, that cried all the time! so i didnt get punished or nothing!..life was great!

Penelope said...

omg original mgbeke, u just brought back some of my memories too...
Pounding shit was my usual i swear, n i went to FGC ogbomoso in OYO state..lol...Imagine i still cannot believe it oh!! Cos i am an ajebo to the coree!! Did only 3yrs in that skul n it pains to knw i did not enjoy my senior skul life very well.Cus i had to transfer t VF..and basicali al dose effd up children r alowed to disrespect cus dier parents r jst as rich!

Buh abeg, FGC was the shit!! Omo i remember rising bell, and fetchin water and all dem witch stories..lol..

was even Pounding shit into the hole one day at the seniors dorm cus i was being punished..N im so sorry to gross u out but i saw an aborted baby...a transperent one to be precise, very sad cus u cud see basicali erfin dat was remature...But i was very yung so i jst kept on wv the pushing n pounding.

Makes me sick

Those girls nawa

Im sorry...Lol

Nice post!!

Penelope said...

premature*

AnyaPosh said...

Penelope you saw a WHAT in the WHAT???! OMG...no u didn't! did you really see an aborted fetus in the toilet?? That is just too nasty!

Original Mgbeke said...

Thanks a lot for the comments people, I will be bizack to reply to 'em.
Penelope, ewwww that is just GROSS.
Anyways brb.

Third World Profashional said...

come on, qc was a feddy girls school. we suffered as much as y'all

Geebee said...

Yes o. Federal Government Colleges are the very thing! I went to F.G.C. Idoani. Spent six years there mahn! Day 1 till the end! And the experience has made me tougher than leather. Talk of SAP (we called it ‘agros’), Rice and stones, beans and roaches, water scarcity, lights out, flogging, endless punishments, bush babies, madam koikoi, igbirra camps, red sand, locker jacks, stolen mattresses, one boy, last person (equivalent to your ‘a junior girl’)white house, yellow house, toilet washing, and all scary stuff you could think about, FGC Idoani had them in numerous supply. I’m glad to identify with you abeg. School life na the best. Forget all those other ‘bolo’ boarding house peeps claiming ‘school life’. You ain’t been to a Federal Government College, you ain’t seeing nothing. I plan to do a book on my school experience soon. Still tieing up loose ends. But I’ll never send my kids to boarding school sha o.

Tiwa said...

OMG! FGGC schools were hell! I guess all fggc schools are very similar cuz i went thru most of the stuff you went thru as well but i managed to escape the toilet pounding duty(Thank God!)

In retrospect it was fun tho..esp senior days..pure bliss.
I'm definitely sending my kids to boarding school but definitely not a federal school. hell no! ajebo boarding schools are good for connections but going to an fggc skool definitely taught me not to take anything for granted...on the surface im still an ajebo but on the inside..i'm thicker than wood..things that are very much a big deal to ajebos do not phase me at all. Thank you FGGC

Kemberly said...

Wow... Boarding school. I gave that a try...and NEVER AGAIN! I won't even send my kids to Boarding skool. and I went to the Horse Riding school (puke in my mouth!)

Then I went to day school-Lagoon and it was the best experience ever!

You've inspired me to blog about my school too!

leggy said...

lol....i loved this post..it was really nice!!!

Anonymous said...

So so so so true!!! Federal schools were the -ish!
& Girl, u were a bubbler! don't even let me 'kobalize' u :)

Ms Sula said...

Man, boarding school was something special... And like you, left to me my kids will also attend boarding school. Those 5 am wake up calls build character!

Anonymous said...

boarding skol wz d ish! bck den oo...dnt no abt nw..lol..
its nt only fggc dt suffered oo...nig navy sec sch ph..hmmm!!..dt wz hell on earth...my 6 yrs dere thot me stuvvs sha...as 4 poundn shit..i tnk it wz normal in al sec schs..lol...nt 2 tlk abt crawling frm d dorm 2 d dinning hall..jst cos u came out of d dorm late...
newyz ..i stl miss navy...

Musingsofjudgejudyjudy..... said...

I knew immediately I backtracked to read your posts that you went to FGGC Owerri.....:)
If only I could tell who you were... :)

Musingsofjudgejudyjudy..... said...

I knew immediately I backtracked to read your posts that you went to FGGC Owerri.....:)
If only I could tell who you were... :)