#ENewsThrowback! A Trip Down Memory Lane
Some of the events that happen stay in our memory for a long time. In fact, sometimes they end up being with us forever. Childhood memories are very important in our lives. They remind us of the best times of our lives. For everyone who was raised in Nigeria, there are common pleasant, sometimes annoying but funny experiences that connects us. It’s only appropriate that we take a look back together at the things that featured in our teenage lives. So, ENewsNigeria gathered 20 of them to see if they’d trigger funny memories.
Below are 15 things almost every Nigerian did while growing up. (You are not Nigerian enough if you didn’t do at least 10)
Secondary School Life
It’s the most memorable aspect of childhood which shaped many into what they are today.
1.Considering suicide when you hear ‘tear out a sheet of paper’
That super annoying Monday morning when your maths teacher decides to give an impromptu test because nobody could answer the questions from the last topic correctly. Sometimes, your biology teacher decides to be used by the devil and gives a test because you were making noise.
2. Padding your school uniform because you’re a cane chester
Sometimes you know you can’t escape your headteacher’s cane for coming late so as a sharp guy, you decide to wear 3 extra shorts under your school uniform, pad you bum with enough exercise book or where dunlop inside your boxers so that the cane will bounce when you’re whipped.
3. Seeing your name on the noisemakers’ list with “X 6”.
At least once, you’ve made it to the noise makers’ hall of fame and find name on the noise maker’s list.
4. Saved by the bell
Nobody is as powerful as the little time-keeper. Everyone looks forward to the sound of the bell when it’s break time, short break and closing time.
5. 13th commandment of the secondary school life, thou shalt never have a complete maths set
No Nigerian can boldly say his maths set was ever complete. You have to spend money at least every two weeks to purchase a new one. The mathematical equipments in the box always find a way out of it. Where they go remains a mystery.
You vs Your Parents
Growing up in an African home is an experience that cannot be traded for anything.
6. There are certain expressions that you hear from almost every Nigerian parent. It is almost like they held a town hall meeting and agreed on these phrases and sentences. Some include;
- You will kill me today: When you dodge your mothers slap, be rest assured that you’d hear this sentence till day break. You have to be prepared to explain during the family meeting how you attempted to kill your own mother.
- Does your friend have two heads: This might come from your father when you show him your report card at the end of the term and he sees you came in 2nd out of 68 students.
- I didn’t kill my parents so you can’t kill me: When you keep repeating the exact thing your mother explicitly warned you against doing.
- You don’t know more than pressing your phone
7. There’s nothing like sleepover or slumber party in an African home, the only night out you get is with Jesus (carry your bible and go to church for your vigil services). Amen?
8. Being is a relationship is not allowed! Sex is a taboo!
African parents try as much as possible to avoid having conversations about sex with their kids . However, their actions speak louder than voice. From giving you a 3 hours lecture on how your neighbour as disgraced her father by getting pregnant as a teenage, to explaining in full details how they will used their hands to kill any child that dares ‘brings pregnancy to their house’.
Games and Leisure
The games played are another important part of growing up in Nigeria. Memories from weekend and after school games will be forever cherished.
9. The Likes of ‘who is the garden’, ‘ten-ten’, ‘our grandmother likes sitting on the waist’, ‘Mr. macaroni’, will not be forgotten. See others:
10. Table Soccer: Bic biros or bottle covers are the major tool, the school desk is the pitch, the last pen on the table wins.
11. Using your feet to build houses with sand.
12. Rolling tyres with sticks on the street
13. We have also put together a list of games that shaped every Nigerian child into gaming pros as adults.
Super Mario Brothers
No one would forget the plucky guy in the red plumber overalls, journeying through eight worlds and pounding goombas to rescue Princess Peach.
Ofcourse, it’s only normal MK makes the list. This list would be a sore disappointment without MK. It got us in trouble of forgetting food on fire, or not delivering your mum’s errands.
The console that began the gaming journey of many a millennial.
14. FOOD & SNACK
There are few snacks that won’t be forgotten in a long while. Kids back in the days will save up enough money to give themselves a treat after school or during holidays. Some include;
15. SATURDAY EARLY MORNING SHOWS
Many of us always looked forward to Saturday mornings while growing up. Aside the early morning pap and Moi Moi, one thing that made Saturday stand out among other days was the shows and cartoons. The theme songs of these shows stuck right in our heads. See a few:
It’s time for Animaniacs! I can’t count the number of times I murdered this cartoon’s theme song by singing the wrong lyrics. But who cares! This remains my favourite cartoon, you just have to love it.
While putting this work together, the theme song as been on repeat in my head and I’m not even complaining right now!
The KKB show
Thanks to Cadbury Nigeria and Silverbird Television, my mum could concentrate on everything she had in her schedule for Saturday mornings as I was always concentrating on this Cadbury Breakfast Show. I still remember the lines clearly. ‘He had the audacity to ask for my meat! my personal meat!’ will forever reign supreme in my head. After all, Kids know besssstt.
Are there childhood memories left out? Tell us in the comment section.