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Former CDS donates to NAVASCO

September 16, 2020 0 comments Nabia

The headmistress, staff and students watching a demonstration of the handwashing machine
The former Chief of Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Force, Air Marshal Michael Samson-Oje, has donated a multi-wash hand washing machine to his alma mater Navrongo Senior High School (NAVASCO) in the Upper East Region.

He made the donation to the school on behalf of the 1972 year group last Thursday through the National President of old NAVASCANS Union, Alhaji Mohammed Cambodia Haroon.

The machine was to help the school maintain good hygienic practices among students as part of COVID-19 prevention measure.

The Headmistress of NAVASCO, Mercy Babachuweh, expressed appreciation to the former CDS and the year group for their support to the school.

Alhaji Haroon expressed appreciation to the contribution of past students to the development of the school and urged them on.

In a related development, another past student Sylvester Minyilla, Chief Executive Officer of Minssap Ventures, producers of natural oil and powder of small scale enterprises, also presented quantities of sanitisers to the school, as his contribution to the fight against COVID-19 in the school.

FORM ONE BOY IN NAVASCO, GHANA, SERIES 15

October 28, 2019 0 comments Nabia
EXTRA-CURRICULUM ACTIVITIES IN NAVASCO
There were many extra curriculum activities that students of our time were involved in. I would discuss; the Cadet Corps, the Boys Scout, Duke Of Edinburgh Awards, GUNSA, Arts and Cultural Society and the Debating society.
 
The Cadet Corps
The Cadet Corps in NAVASCO was mostly meant for boys whose mind sets were to take the military force as future profession. More so that, we had military Head of States throughout Africa at that time. This encouraged many students to jpin while others joined just because it was lively. In any case, may be, because of the uniform and the boots, almost all the students loved to join Cadets too. Students that joined were however the tough and the courageous that were not scared of anything because it was meant for disciplined students and future leaders. The barrack boys’ naturally qualified being soldiers children and barrack boys for that matter. They were therefore dominated the Cadet Corps. Some of them were promoted to either Corporal or Sgt. Major.
The barrack boys taught us many things which included on how to iron both our cadet and school uniforms and it was always spectacular. We would wet the cloth with starch where necessary and at times, only with water. We did put another cloth on top of the actual cloth to be ironed. We did this for two reasons. This was done to avoid the cloth being burnt and also to prevent it from shinning. The uniform would thus have perpendicular gators. When we polished shoes, one would wonder whether the shoes were just newly bought. We would take our time in using soap and foam to clean the base of the shoes and then used cloth to clean the shoes before applying polish. After the application of the polish, we would dry them in the sun before shinning them. The shoes treated in these ways would be well polished. We learnt a lot on how to wash, iron and polish.
As early as 5:00 o’clock in the morning, the Sergeant Major attached to the school’s cadet will blow his whistle calling members out for parade and other activities. Members were always punctual and disciplined. The members were given several endurance trainings. 
One day, we matched to and fro Paga and NAVASCO with few casualties. Some fell out of the parade while others fainted and were rushed to the hospital with the school’s pickup that followed us. However, most of us felt at home with all these activities. We had the stamina for all that it took to be qsuccessful Cadet Corps members. My boots were undersized but as a disciplined ‘soldier’, though, I had serious pains in my both legs, I refused to remove them until the day’s activities. When I eventually removed them, I saw blisters formation at the back of my feet with blood forming an ellipse. On that day, the Sergeant Major really drilled us. We jumped, crawled and played a hide and seek game in the nearby forest. When I visited the sick bay, my legs were treated with methylated spirit, hydrogen peroxide and then bandaged. My co-cadet members described me as a disciplined ‘Biafra’ soldier. They chose that name for two reasons. I am a Nigerian and at that time  Nigeria was fighting a civil war. Nigeria versus Biafra. The Sgt. Major would describe us as either gallant cadets or dozy cadets depending on one’s performance. We were also made to sing many encouraging songs like;
“Bature yaayi wawa akoreshi,
Yaayi wawa haha yaayi wawa akoreshi, yaayi wawa” 
Sgt. Major yaayi wawa akoreshi
Yaayi wawa haha yaayi wawa akoreshi.
Another song was;
Che che kule, Cheche Kofi sa, Kofisa langa, langa tiongo, ku allele, ku allele.
Some took pictures with their cadet uniforms to ‘shakara’ or ‘buruga’ during the holidays.
Boys Scout
The Boys scout is a para military Organization whose aims were to develop youths to have sound mind and good judgement. They used to have several leadership and endurance trainings. They were mostly particular on rescuing operations using several methods. They made use of the rope to climb, to arrest a culprit and to rescue people in danger. They used different methods to resuscitate unconscious patients ranging from mouth to mouth or mouth to nose respiration.
Their uniform was green shirt, Khaki shorts or trousers with a cream cap. They also had rope tied on their left side of the shoulder. The members of Scout Boys used their left hands to shake each other. It was an Organization that attracted many students because it was equally lively.
 
Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award  Program
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program was introduced by our Headmaster; Mr. Collin G. MacDonald. Some students joined because it was more or else an entrepreneurship program. In Duke of Edinburg’s Award Association, students gradually graduated from bronze to silver and finally obtained gold in Swimming, Carpentry, Mason and a host of others. This brought open competition among students. Mr. Caswell and Oguns (junior) were the supervisors.
 
(GUNSA) Ghana United Nations Students Association
I think I am right on the title. The association ws very popular among students. It was the student’s wing of the United Nations Organization. The Association brought life into the student’s activities because it made students know about the world around them. It was from there we learnt about the super powers,  the developing nations and the underdeveloped. 
We used to hold conferences in line with United Nations Organization’s aims and objectives of the comprising member states. I could recollect vividly that it was Janet Ladipo of (BOLICO) Bolgatanga Women Training College that used to represent Indira Gandhi of India. She would dress like Indira and spoke Indian English. We used to rotate conferences from one school to the other. These included NAVASCO, BOLICO, KANCO, Kanton Teachers Training College and others. The Secretary General was our senior Tunde Ladipo. When he passed out, Chris Atim took over. Senior Tunde Ladipo served as Honourable member in the National House of Representative in Nigeria twice. Senior ‘Number Nine’ as he was called was a powerful orator that used to make the activities of the Association much lively.
 
Arts And Cultural Association
As the name applies, it was a cultural Association that developed student’s intellects, English and acting capacity. The members were mostly from the Arts classes. Their activities brought fame to NAVASCO especially when they acted; ‘Winds Versus Polygamy.’    Coincidentally, the present Sagnari Naa Ambassador Yakubu Abdulai acted as the African King in the play. It was all about an African King versus European Culture by Obi Egbuna. The play was well acted and was shown in many schools in Ghana.
 
The Debating Society
Members of the society were mostly Arts class with few science students. They used to debate several topics that had relevance with the society.
My steam is gradually diminishing because this topic is written in hurry in order to fulfil my promise before Ramadan. I believe, NABIA family enjoyed all my series from one to fifteen as promised. I am expecting more presentations, comments and reactions from my seniors, mates and juniors to any of the topics discussed. 
 
Finally, I am taking this opportunity to express my gratitude firstly to God that gave us knowledge and also made all of us attended that great school NAVASCO. I know, writing topics about NAVASCO by only one person might not be comprehensive enough. I still have to plead with NABIA family to pardon me where my reports were  inaccurate. It was only to cover five years out of fifty five years of the great school. I was encouraged to write when I read the articles of the most respected  Senior Armiyau Harruna folio 48 and that of Senior Hon. Alabira Ibrahim. I told myself, if my seniors could write so beautifully like this, I must also help them by contributing what I could recollect. All of you are edged to come out and reveal all those records in the archives. Though, we see things differently.
 
In conclusion, I salute the  Headmaster of our  time and his Assistant, other Headmasters that ever became the Head of NAVASCO at one time or the other. So also, all those great Masters and Mistresses, I thank them all for impacting knowledge we are using today. May God bless and protect them all including all Nabia. I have not forgotten the School’s Bursar, the Liberian, the laboratory staff and the Kitchen staff. They were all fantastic. My great Seniors like; Baba Sofianu, Armiyau Harruna, Yakubu Abdullai, Isaac Nana Ammisa Eshun, Tunde Ladipo, Alokore, Alhassan Scorpion, Leah (288), Ali Dakura, NO 9, Ndebugri, T. A. Salami, Navro, Dery, Abatanga, Wackson, Jawula, Oyelowo, Folaranmi, Agambila, Yamusa, Tinorgah, Alabira, Razak Apalara, Susi Sanusi, Baah, Abugri, Chris Atim and several seniors were good examples and role models for those coming behind. I had mentioned some of my mates in series 14. Those that I forgot should please pardon me. To my juniors, such as Kofi Mourna, Kutana, Mosoud Lawal, Kasali Shittu, David Millar and a host of others, I appreciate you all for shattering records already set before you. To those still in NAVASCO currently should please take their studies very seriously because it is the only weapon that could lead you to the top. 
Thank you all and to see you after the Holy month of Ramadan.
 
Muda Dayo Ogunsola, Folio Number 1087.
 
Philip Dinko: Unparalleled contributions so far! Kudos.
 
Muda Ogunsola: Thank you. I expected some NABIA to also contribute more. These articles had made me to be in direct contacts with some old friends, masters and mistresses.
 
Yakubu Braimah: Well done. That’s all I can say.
 
Tang Moses: Thank you my brother, for the write up. Congratulations
Wepiah Cletus God bless you and grant you long and a fulfilling life. Bless Ramadan
 
Joseph Zilare: Wow! A clear demonstration of powerful retentive memory
 
Joseph Zilare: Uncle Muda, in your time at Navasco, did anyone ever describe your folio number as ‘Articulator’ number? Especially having gone past the folio number 1000 mark?
 
Bin Salih Hafiz: Fantastic piece of writing, your series brought fond memories of my days in Navasco. God bless us all.
Muda Ogunsola What of 1000 himself?
 
Pete Akari: Good piece of writing! Photographic memory. Didn’t know you had such talent. Keep it up mate!
 
Muda Ogunsola: Pete Akari, thanks for your comments. Man must not be on the same sport for 48years.
 
Joseph Zilare: ‘Articulator’ number was referred to people who joined later with very higher folio numbers. Mine was 4849 and in our days would have qualified for an Articulator folio number.
 
Alabira Ibrahim: Wonderful chronicles. You made it, fifteen episodes altogether. How does anyone remember all that after 48 years? Muda Ogunsola, you have been fantastic. 
But remember you are not done yet. You are immediately drafted into my editorial team that will produce a compilation for the 60th Anniversary. You will be joined by your classmates AYMB Adam Ibrahimah and others.
 
Muda Ogunsola: Senior Alabira Ibrahim, thanks for the invitation ta serve in the editorial team.. I promise to participate effectively. Thanks till the end of Ramadan.
 
Zakaria Abu-bakar Sidick: Senior kindly come back to continue after Ramadan may God bless you
 
Ali Dakurah: I doff my hat to you, Ogun’s. If I remember folio 1000 was another character altogether. Can’t remember the name but he was quite a character. Can someone help me?
Ali Dakurah And wishing u and all nabia a blessed Ramadan
 
Richmond Bagna: I appreciate all your efforts but I have a question for u in private chat.daddy/Senior keep it up we enjoy very episode. Blessings from Ghana to u & the entire family
 
Nerabia Komanaba: Waaaoow a very interesting peace of life history. However, by the time we got there and joined some of those clubs, there were amalgamated. For instance, Boys’ and Cadet came together to form the Cadet Corps.

 

 


FORM ONE BOY IN NAVASCO, GHANA, SERIES 13

October 28, 2019 0 comments Nabia

SUPERLATIVE AND EXCELLENT STUDENTS WITH THEIR EXCEPTIONAL READING CULTURE
PREAMBLE

I am glad that no NABIA is a drop out no matter the condition they find themselves. We have all excelled and very successful in various occupations God designed for us or the one we chose for ourselves depending on each person’s belief. NABIA are found in almost all professions one could think of throughout the world.
Such professions include:
Academics with an array of professors, Science and Technology, the field of Engineering, Medicals, Natural Science, Law, Agricultural Science, Space Technology, Accounting, Banking and Insurance, Economics, Management, Police Force, Military, Politics and Public Administration, International Relations/ Diplomats , Business, Sports and Entertainments and others.
It would not be an overstatement therefore to say that the act of greatness being performed by NAVASCANS made them hold responsible and respected positions in the society. NAVASCANS are really not push overs.
Also, NAVASCANS of our time loved and trusted each other. They sacrificed many things in order to make their friends comfortable in terms of money, provisions, gari and others. Though, few were perpetual parasites and some were misers of the highest order. One can not know when they were having or not. They pretended throughout.
I could recollect vividly that it was senior Abatey that was the senior prefect when we came in to NAVASCO in September, 1968 as form one boys and girls. Fortunately too, senior Abatey junior also became the house prefect for Abatey house later when the house was created. It is however sad to note that they are both of late. If it is true, may their souls rest in perfect peace. I am aware that Abatey house was named after Bishop Abatey who was either their father or uncle.

READING CULTURE
NAVASCANS during our time were very proud, dedicated and married to their books. If a student chose to fail he would fail woefully and proudly too without cheating or geraffing and also, if a student chose to pass, he would pass proudly without ‘magomago’ or any abracadabra. NAVASCANS actually prepared themselves for future challenges and proved the adage of “success is 99% perspiration and 1 % inspiration right by reading and reading. They loved reading different types of fictions apart from their notebooks and textbooks they digested ‘boroboro’ from cover to cover. I could recollect that some students would work all questions at the back of each chapter of a text book be it mathematics or physics.
As I was saying earlier, while some students chose to read foreign novels such as ‘Harley Chase’ series and others. Others like some of us chose African Authors. I belonged to the group of African Authors in order to improve upon my not too good English. The popular novels were; Things Fall apart, No Longer at Ease, African Child, Animals Kingdom, One Man One Wife, Foreman and Kinsman, King Solomon’s Mines, The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born, Weep not Child, Palm Wine Drinkard, The Forest of Thousand Demons, I Speak Freedom. Okonkwo in Things fall apart was popular among students. A student Tijani of late memory was nickedname Okonkwo and also a passage in practical English by Ogundipe and Tregido; ”may your road be rough this year and may you face a lot of troubles this year . . . by Dr. Tai Solarin a renowned educationist in Nigeria taught us some lessons of life.

Lubumbatic Ibraimah first sent waves to the school for coming from an experimental Primary School in Tamale and for scoring 100% in the National Common Entrance Examination Quantitative Aptitude Test. We were all made to see our scores and some students too did exceptionally very well. I scored 70%. Ibraimah and I were good friends and both of us were active in the Science Club, though, he was in Emerald and I was in Gold.
As soon as classes started, form one boys were reading and reading at least to prove a point and to show that they were stars from their various schools. However, NAVASCO proved to be a leveller and where students found themselves in the same boat. It did not care where you were coming from either from a rich or a poor home. This had nothing to do with your academic performance. If you were always first in your previous middle schools, you will get disappointed due to the fact that you were going to meet better students from elsewhere. This reminds me of a student in our class that thought he was going to be first in our first mid-term examination but, but that was not possible in a class of arrays of brilliant students. This resulted into him weeping profusely. This gingered him up to better performances in the following examinations. I was reliably informed that he became a ‘big man’ and very successful in life.
However, some students were either early starters or late starters. Those early starters started doing very well from day one and their gas faded out as they went along while others maintained the tempo throughout. Some were poor starter but woke up along the line but others had no ‘terial’ at all. Wrong selection of subjects in form four also affected some students badly.
There were different types of students, the extrovert, the introvert and the braggarts. Some formed unimaginable associations such as Anti- Maths Society, Cheka Omiomu’s Party, The Barrack Boys and the ‘Baddest’ Boys. By all standards they were full of many tricks and antics.
Apart from the groups we had many interesting individuals (seniors) like; Man Walk Alone, Number Nine, Sea Man Jolly, More Sleep After Death, Opinion Kikiri, King Smollet, Joe Lattey, Mr. Protein, Sea Level, My Brother, Ottis, MacNamara, and others. If I mean to discuss the activities of each group or individuals above, then, it will take more than ten pages.
Please pardon me due to the fact that I would use pseudo names in incident that I considered to be negative and actual names where the issues concerned are positive or neutral. Let’s relax to read these incidences.
Some students either went to the village to read or to smoke or to gossip. Moses John (Olanrewaju) as usual went to the village to read. He was used to reading loudly in an attempt to cram any passage. He did so well and became so tired that he then resolved to lay his back on the floor under a big tree and held the book with his both hands. John read from one page to the other. He did not know when the book fell off his hands and was soon snoring. A cobra (snake) fell down from the tree top and headed towards his direction. As John was still snoring, the snake crawled and squeezed itself and rested between the two legs. When the wind blew and his eyes opened John saw the tail of the snake under his legs. John was perplexed, frightened and lifeless without knowing what be fell him and what to do next. He resolved to pray silently. Suddenly the snake continued with its journey and moved away and since then, John never went to that side to read again.
“More sleep after death,” was a vision and slogan of one of our mates but in Red class. He wrote that boldly beside his bed. This guy would never rest while one would see his bed vacant all the time. There was nowhere he did not read. I believed he had a room at the village to read at night. Due to lack of rest, this guy saw Red, he almost died in line with his vision. I think it was the sick bay in Volta house that saved his life. Some students even gossiped that he had his brain cracked. This eventually affected his final exam in form five.
The heavy smokers were group of barracks boys mostly from ‘Kamina barracks in Tamale. They were the ‘baddest’ boys. They were full of tricks upon tricks. I think Kokuwa (pseudo) was their leader. They found their ways into the village not to read but to enjoy themselves. One day, as narrated by one of our juniors but now a big man in Ghana today reminded me on how I rescued him from these bad boys. Here it goes, ”I now remember you very well. I came to form one in 1970…What makes me remember you so well and continue to thank God for your life is how you saved me from sliding into cigarette smoking. We were studying/reading under rocks outside the fence. You were reading this orange Econs book then as a form four student and I believe I was idling and not concentrating… I was invited by one of the heavy smokers and when I sprang up to go, you shouted your lungs out more than Bob Tater…foolish boy; sit down, where are you going? Take a step and see what I will do with you…” I was angry and froze on the rock. Some five minutes later, you gave a brotherly sermon on the harmful effects of cigarette and whether I wanted to be wretched in future. Most of my colleagues who took to this habit are either dead or diagnosed with cancer…” You could imagine if God did not use me that day what could have happened to him.
Due to the sacrifice of our seniors, some of us coming behind learnt a lot from them that led to the improvement in the WAEC exams from year to year. We inherited note books, past questions and answers, some personal textbooks, reading plan, tactics to answer questions and host of others which they paid dearly for in their years as pioneers. These seniors inherited nothing but were used as guinea pigs, still they did very well. Also, as the standard of teaching continued to improve by the introduction of internationally acclaimed Masters and Mistresses into the school that injected new ideas and better methods of teaching, this actually accelerated the performance of the students as a whole.
In continuation of this article, I would mention some specific students that were of academic excellence that set various records during our time only in series 14 while series 15 would be on extra curriculum activities such as cadet corps, boys scout, Debating Society, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, others and conclusion.

Thank you.
(Muda Dayo Ogunsola (Oguns Senior) Folio Number 1087.)

COMMENTS
Loyd Agyeman, Nana Eshun-Amissah, Allotey, etc.

Yakubu Braimah: Talking about some of the Nigerian students you probably may know the whereabouts of the following. Karimu the goalkeeper, the Ajeleyes- Stanley and the affable John. Tunji Folaranmi then known as Salawu, Emmanuel Adelakun, the footballer par excellence, Moses John previously known as Olanrewaju, Michael James (Ogundayo), Bakanoma (Baks), Musibawu Balogun Baba. I know Sunday Oyelowo (OS) is a university don. How about Tunde? Did he not become a leading politician?

Muda Ogunsola:
1. Sule Kareem made first class in building technology at the of Ahmadu Bello University and had just retired as a lecturer from King Faisal University in Daman, Saudi Arabia.
2. Emmanuel Adelakun is in UK after graduating in Ahmadu Bello University.
3. Tunde Ladipo is in Ibadan. We see regularly. He had been to the House of Representatives twice.
4. The two Ajeleyes are doing well.
Stanley retired from Customs while
John retired from an Agric parastatal of government.
5. Moses John (Olanrewaju) retired as a Principal of a secondary school in Ogun state if Nigeria.
6. Tunji Folaranmi (Salawu) is in Abuja. He worked briefly with our Central Bank. I think he holds a Master degree in Finance,
7. Sea level was with one big Insurance company and retired.
8. Alhaja Musibawu Balogun Baba retired as Director in the Ministry of Education in Lagos.
9. Michael James Ogundayo is Director with Federal Government Accountant General’s Office.
10. Popoola Oyelowo Sunday and
Isaac Adegbola are both lecturers at Birnin kebbi Polytechnic. They rose to the top of their career.

FORM ONE BOY IN NAVASCO, GHANA, SERIES 12

October 28, 2019 0 comments Nabia
THE GREAT MASTERS CONTINUES….
 
The great masters continues after posting series 11 under the above title, I realized that I did not include other special areas in which our Headmaster; Collin Macdonald was fantastic. He made students to produce most of the food we ate through agriculture. Land was cleared and ploughed for students to plant, weed, thin and harvest on a large scale. Food produced were stored for consumption by the students. He also introduced Agric. Six formers that were allocated one tractor per two students to produce food. This helped greatly in the feeding of the students.
During the civil war in Nigeria, the Headmaster; Mr. Collin MacDonald knew the negative impacts of a civil war more so that he got transferred from Calabar in Nigeria to NAVASCO as the Assistant Headmaster. He became the Headmaster after the sudden departure of Mr. Crawford the then Headmaster. Mr. MacDonald introduced, ‘miss a meal and save a life in Biafra’. This made all students to miss their Saturday lunch. Most of the students went to either the town, Navrongo or Bolgatanga. The amount realized from this exercise was added to the large sum of money contributed by the Masters too. The money and materials realized were forwarded through the Red Cross for onward transfer to Biafra. 
In another time, when a form one student; Agongo lost his bag and all its contents while travelling from Bolga to Navasco, Mr. MacDonald, addressed the students to launch AGONGO TRUST FUND. The money contributed was handed over to the innocent and exceptionally quiet boy. You will read more when I write on the excellent students. However, now that the boy is now a ‘big man’ renowned  medical Doctor. I expect him to continue with a Trust Fund to help the poor and the indigent students from his area. We must learn to give back to nature part of what God has endowed us with.
Mr. Nunira like the forest of thousand demons had thousands of proverbs with a lot of meanings, warnings, advice and others. This quiet man set an unprecedented record during our time. He was the Agric master that knew his onions. Nunira was good in all areas of agricultural science be it; arable or cash crops,  animal husbandry, weeds and animal feeds and others. I can recollect vividly that during the 1970- 1971 academic year, (Senior Ibrahim Alabira’s time), he set a new record where 36 students scored what you call A1 today in agricultural science. I think there was no single ‘acrobatic 6’ (9) that year in agricultural science and the least was only a 6 by one student. Due to this, students respected and loved him so much more so that there was always an interlude of many jaw cracking jokes and proverbs during his classes but with all seriousness because he hardly laughed. Here goes some of his proverbs.
‘An empty bag can never stand up right. 
A decorated donkey is still a donkey.
The subject is above the sea level.
If you are pointing an accusing finger at a person, the rest are pointing at you.
A fool at forty is a fool forever.
If you need your life, do not awake a sleeping tiger.
If you want to eat a toad you should eat the one with eggs.
You don’t know, I don’t know and that is why we are all here’.
Mr. Nunira was very interesting and an excellent master.
Mr. Owen Temple; a junior brother to another Miss Temple who was equally one of our great masters. Owen taught us mathematics in form one. He introduced us to bases, Arithmetic and geometric progressions, Simple equations and others. He was excellent in teaching. To those that were not good in mathematics, he would call them, ‘Des yams’. His class was always lively. His sister, Miss Temple never taught me but I know much about her. She was the first Mistress to get married in NAVASCO. She got married to Mr. Baxter in a well-attended ceremony. It was quite a coincidence that around her wedding period, we witnessed an outbreak of flu epidemic that affected some students. Doctors were invited to the School to examine and diagnose those that were affected. Those students that were affected were quarantined at Republic House and were treated with cough syrup and probably ‘antibiotics’. 
Mr. Stocks alias Acid was a great and fantastic chemistry master. He started teaching us chemistry from form three third term through form four and five. Here was a master that would neither use a notebook nor a textbook to teach students. He was just naturally gifted. Our practicals were regular, thorough and accurate. He made us know chemicals to be used when testing for either any of the cations or anions. Our titrations were accurate to the nearest (ppm) parts per million of acid. He made us write chemistry tests  every Friday throughout the two and half years he taught us. This made us to have completed our syllabus far ahead of time. He gave the confidence that made most of us scored at least 3 in the subject.
Ms. Evie Kashnow Kingsley was a physics and mathematics mistress but never taught me. Most of those she taught made their credits in the subject with ease. She was however our matron in the Science Club. She successfully introduced Science Club and nurtured the club from an embryonic stage to a well-recognized one. She was in charge of our first ever successful Science Fair in NAVASCO in 1972 at that time, I also served as the science club president (1972/73 academic year. The Fair brought out the best in the students’ research abilities. We made mini-computer, tooth paste, rocket and others. The Military Head of State; Col. Acheapong added glamour, fame and honour to our great school by visiting NAVASCO unannounced during the Fair. 
Ms Kopachek was good in linguistic. She was kind and much interested in the academic performances of her students. Most of the time, she would counsel students. She taught us French in form one and two. She was equally our class Mistress in form one gold. Her method of teaching was Superlative. Students were used to the sentence of, “Je veux manger lafarine de manioc”.  I would ever be grateful to this woman for volunteering to carry me in her Vox wagen car to check my parents in Bolga during the aliens’ compliance order of December 1969.
Mr. Paul Caswell was another fantastic master. He taught us physics in form four for only one term. We regretted for being re-deployed to teach senior classes. He was thorough and his teaching methodology was superlatively excellent. Those students he taught could say much more about him. He was involved in the Construction of the school’s bungalows. Assembly hall, the Chapel and a host others by direct labour using students. He was always busy in charge of designing, carpentry, mason and many others.
Mr. Kevan Wildy, was an agricultural master that could be described as utility master too. He was not involved in teaching alone. Here was an handsome man that was always on top of the tractor fetching water for either the students or the kitchen. Mr. Wildy once wrote in my school report as a General Science Master, ” a quiet boy that seems to understand quite well.” He once led a fire fighting operation in the school using sand to put off the fire before much harm could be done. 
The Gearys were great geography master and mistress respectively. I used to wonder how they knew Ghana geography so well. Mrs. Geary taught us English and Geography in form two. She was also our class mistress. Mrs. Geary was thorough and serious. She impacted much knowledge on us. In form two, she made us learn that the branches of trees in Southern Ghana to be intertwined. She also taught us why there was poor annual rainfall in Accra.
Ms. Teresa Smart was another fantastic and wonderful mathematics mistress. She taught us (the science class) both elementary and additional mathematics from form four to five. I can recollect that only thirteen of us eventually sat for the additional mathematics in the WAEC examinations of 1973 and we all made our credits. Ms. Smart never missed a single class. She would teach, teach and teach. She would also explain thoroughly, especially, questions on graphs, integrations, complex numbers, simultaneous equations, binomial theory, algebraic expressions and others.
Mr.  Miazygah was a biology Master but taught us General Science in form one and Biology in form three. Due to his advanced method of teaching, students nicked name him (OS). You could imagine in form three, Mr. Miazygah taught us chromosomes,  (DNA) De-Oxy Nucleic Acid, genes, nucleotides and others. He was a lively master.
Mrs. Harvey was our English mistress in form one (1st and 2nd term). She was hardworking, thorough and punctual too. Anytime she gave us essay topic to write, she would mark it promptly and also ensured that students learn from the mistakes. When new houses were about to be created, we were made to write and recommended at least a name by a student. I was among those that chose Kennedy house. I chose President Kennedy for his love for peace and the black race in particular. I think she gave me a book as a prize.
Mr. Baba Sofianu was our senior that became our master too. He was the Imam for our small mosque and also our Islamic Knowledge master. He was gentle, cool and very intelligent. He used to lead students during the Monday morning assembly to read Suratul Fathia in English.
Mr. Alokore was our senior too that became our master in government. He was a brilliant and a disciplinarian. He was a no nonsense man. He was thorough and original in his teachings. He loved new ideas.
Mr. King Bruce was our Geography master in form three. Students would remember him for the topic, “above sea level” which eventually became a nick name for a student.
Mr. Tejroh was our history master in form two. He would be remembered for teaching us on all about Charlemagne the conqueror, the civilizer, the ruler and others.
Mr. De-Boer was a great and exceptional master despite his little knowledge of English language. He was known to be tough too and in good physical education. Anytime he took students out for P.E., the students might find it difficult to wake-up the following day. He never taught our class but the form three Gold students would remember him for his single sentence, “I will throw you straight out of the window”. He also had a powerful Motorcycle that he used most of the time.
Madame Bedock was our French mistress in form three. Here was a woman who spoke little English. She spoke English with much difficulty but very excellent in French. She made some of us crammed passages in ‘Le petit Kofie and practical French books one and two. Most of the time, she would say “Baba, tu as zero, tu perd ton temp, tu ne pas serieux…Ils ne me tres pas, ce la metegal, ce la beau bracelle qui ne vou dis rien”. Please forgive me with my poor french spellings because I only learnt it up to form three.
 Mr. Baa Alhassan was our English master in form five. She used to lay emphases, on comprehension and summary. He was also an excellent P. E master and football referee.
Finally, when a master bought a car instead of the rest masters to have appreciated it, their conclusion was that Mr. and Mrs. John (pseudo) bought a match box of a car. No quarrel, they all laughed it off.
 This is how far I could go as a summary of what my memory could recollect and release for the moment. I expect comments and reactions from NABIA be it, colleagues, seniors or juniors on these great masters. All those I failed to mention should please forgive me because it was not intentional. This is just a summary of the masters and mistresses I interacted with during my five years in NAVASCO. Please expect my series 13 on superlative and excellent students with their exceptional reading culture.
Thank you all.
Muda Dayo Ogunsola, 1087

 

 


FORM ONE BOY IN NAVASCO, GHANA, SERIES 11

October 28, 2019 0 comments Nabia

GREAT SCHOOL WITH EXCELLENT MASTERS

I thanked God that I have been able to publish series 1-10 successfully in NABIA Group. The comments and reactions were dissected and thoroughly analyzed. In as much as I appreciate the comments especially the positive ones, I appeal to all NABIA to please be very cautious not only in your comments or reactions but in whatever article you want to post on the NABIA Group page. Especially immoral pictures, disrespective comments on Masters or NABIA as a whole. Some comments on my series 10; ‘I don’t want kenkey strike’ and the article by Dr. Kofi Issah on war Generals and comments led to a lot of controversies. We should be very mild in our articles and comments in order not to cause disaffection among the NABIA family.
I am always proud to be a NABIA for successfully passing through the great school. I did not only pass through the great school like a snake that passed through on top of a rock without any trace. To me, I know that I acquired much knowledge not only in academic but morals too that has led me to where I am today. I used NAVASCO knowledge and experience to impact knowledge on the young ones positively.
We had a great Headmaster and his superlative team of many years of experienced masters which included his Assistant; Mr. BOB Tater and other masters are; Mr. Caswell, the Gearys, the Harveys, the Baxters, the Lukkys, the Bedoks, Miss Kopachek, Miss Temple that later became Mrs. Baxter, Mr. Deboer, Miss Evie Kashnow, Mr.Stocks, Miss Smart, Messrs.’ Frepomg, Miazga, Baba Sofianu, Nunera, Alhassan, Alokore. King Bruce, Father Duncan and many others that I could not recollect or those that I spelled their names wrongly should please forgive me because issues of about 45years is quite a long time for our memories that are daily deteriorating to contain.
The Headmaster, very knowledgeable and sound both academically and technically too. He was both the father and the ‘servant’ of the students. Mr. MacDonald maintained discipline not only in the students alone but the masters alike. He had his principles. No students should go out of the school without an exit permit. Though we used to flout the rule by sneaking out to either Navrongo or Bolgatanga through Nortre Dam secondary school gate. If you were caught then, that became your own cup of tea.
Mr. MacDonald used to go round during classes and any of the classes without a Master, MacDonald would demand for the name of the master that was to teach after that He would hold chalk and started to teach effectively. He could calculate 0.000015 x 10 raised to power 7 off hand. It used to amuse us especially when we were in the junior classes but later we knew he was using standard form. He would go round the hostels in the night and anywhere he saw a faint light of lantern, our Headmaster would move to the dormitory and called out the seniors especially the form fives and upper sixth students and say, “will you bring out your lantern.“ We must obey him. Though some students who hurriedly put of the lantern would be detected. He would touch the (head) top of the lantern and anyone that was warm or hot became a culprit. This approach had helped me a lot in life.
Mr. MacDonald would drive his official car, the School Bus, the Truck named the moving dormitory, the tractor and mostly too his Motorcycle which he used always. MacDonald became Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Automobile Engineer serving students like a pen Master that served his…………..
Anytime the taps could not flow due to one reason or the other, MacDonald would mount a tank on the tractor, fetched water into it and drive to beside the Administraton Block for students (form one boys) to queue up and fetched the water one after the other. Anything MacDonald bought at that time, his comments would be, “Hmmmm! It is quite cheap and good”. He would not buy anything unless it was cheap and good.
He was a man who was always on shorts and shirt. In any occasion which was very rare that MacDonald wore trousers, students would clap their hands endlessly. His response was just a smile. When he bought the moving dormitory, it was quite cheap and good and also when he bought the new Assembly structures at the trade fair in Accra. It was quite cheap and good. I can recollect that MacDonald made us work and work. The entire students were made to assemble the great MacDonald Assembly hall, to make the metal chairs and tables, construction of some bungalows and others with the supervision of Mr. Caswell and his ‘Boy’ junior Oguns.
The Asst. Headmaster; tough and lion hearted Bob Tater, a disciplinarian of the highest order that hardly laugh and anytime he smiled it would be followed with the shaking of his head. He was an historian and English Master. Students feared him so much because his judgment was final. He was equally my Housemaster of Garvey House before the creation of Abatey house out of Garvey.
Others are Mr. & Mrs. Lukky; these are too great Master and Mistress. Mr. Lukky taught English but never taught me. Mrs. Lukky was an excellent Mathematics Mistress that taught us for just a term in form two. She was always much interested in speed test and accuracy in mathematics and not in typing. She would shout her heart out, “for goodness sake, Edward sit down and think, think, think and think.” She indeed improved our mathematics tremendously within the shortest time she taught us.
I hope to complete series 12 still discussing the great masters while series 13 would be on the great and excellent students and their reading culture in NAVASCO. It would be then that the younger generations would know that their seniors were used as guinea pigs and the results of which they enjoying today. Please, accept my comments in good faith. Thank you all while awaiting my other series.
Muda Dayo Ogunsola, (Oguns Senior).
Folio number 1087 (1968 – 1973).

Successful 59th Anniversary, Homecoming and Prize-giving Ceremony

October 20, 2019 0 comments Nabia

We thank Allah (SWT)for the successful 59th anniversary, homecoming and prize-giving ceremony that took place between 17th and 20th October, 2019.
On behalf of Nabia Naija, please accept our sincere appreciations of your unrelenting efforts in making the school greater and better than ever before.
Our sincere appreciations go to:
Nabia Dennis, the Paramount chief of Navrongo traditional area, Pe Balina Aniakwo Asagpare Adda, the Board Chairman of the School Board, Prof. A B Peligba, the Guest of Honour, Hon Sa-ed Salifu alias ‘You can be sure’ who is the Northern Regional Minister and acting Upper East Minister,
Lord Brandford, a former Chemistry tutor who came in all the way from UK for the ceremony. He donated GHS42,000 realised from his 70th birthday ceremony to NAVASCO for the second Chemistry Laborstory,
many Headmasters and MCEs present, the Chairman of the occasion, the Regional Director of education for Upper East Region, the Chief Host who is the Nabia Global President, Nabia Muhammad Harroon (Cambodia), His Vice President, Hon. Ibrahim Alabira, Nabia Ahmed Ewura NABIA National Secretary and the entire National executive members of Nabia and other senior Nabia present: folio 3 folio 21, folio 60, folio 48 in absential Snr Adeyiga, Senior Fofo, Snr. Captain Baah, Sagnari Naa Amb. Yakubu Abdullai and many others. The Nabia ladies are recognised for their relentless efforts in contributing their own quotas to the development of the school. Among them are Nabia Christy, Alice Anecham, Georgina Akalanse, Mrs. Millar, Vida Adongo, Nafesa and a host of others.
We followed all the events with keen interest. Thanks to global network that made it possible.
The unveiling of the bust of the former and immediate past Principal was watched with sad emotion. (I met her on 29th April 2018 where the Global President, Cambodia and I held a brief meeting with her in her Office).
One of the great achievements of the ceremony was the identification of the best teaching and non-teaching staff of the great school, NAVASCO. They are:
– Best female teacher, Judith
– Best house mistress, Josephine Apedawu
– Best house master, Charles Akoto McCarthy
– Best male teacher, James Souza
– Best male sports, Michael Nyamekye
– Best female sports, Abugri Emmanuella.
We appreciate the MCE for Meon district that donated some bulbs for street lights in the school.
We have also taken the cognisance of
Prof. Millar appeal for fund. He targeted GHS100,000 @$20,000 towards the development of our great school, NAVASCO though, he had earlier realised GHS116,000.
We commend the efforts of 1979 year group for sponsoring the homecoming programme and so also 1972 year group that planned to construct a new clinic for NAVASCO and to be supported by 1973 year group.
We appreciate other individuals both home and in the diaspora that had contributed immensely towards the development of our great school. Just allow me to name a few and forgive me for those I failed to. The former CDS, Air Marshal Nabia Samson Oje, Nabia Prof. Kutana, Nabia Mr. Kofi Murna, Nabia Isah YY, Ing. Amuna, General ‘Hope’, Iba of Kisi, Engr. Masaud Aweda Lawal, Dr. Alfred Braimah @ECOWAS, Barr. Bankole, Prof. Biodun Ogundayo, Engr. Kola Ogundayo, Engr. Kasali Shittu and many others.
As the 60th anniversary is less than a year today, we are appealing to all year groups, all members of various houses and all great patriots of our school to please start to contribute money towards the great occasion. This is the only school in the Universe that made us great and whatever we are today.
We are expecting delegates from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and absolutely from Ghana and Nigeria.
Once again, I say a big thank you to all Nabia. I pray Allah to spare our lives to witness the occasion. Aameen.

Chief Muda Dayo Ogunsola, folio 1087, (1973 year group).

             

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FORM ONE BOY IN NAVASCO, GHANA, SERIES 13

October 18, 2019 0 comments Nabia

SUPERLATIVE AND EXCELLENT STUDENTS WITH THEIR EXCEPTIONAL READING CULTURE

PREAMBLE

I am glad that no NABIA is a drop out no matter the condition they find themselves. We have all excelled and very successful in various occupations God designed for us or the one we chose for ourselves depending on each person’s belief. NABIA are found in almost all professions one could think of throughout the world.

Such professions include:
Academics with an array of professors, Science and Technology, the field of Engineering, Medicals, Natural Science, Law, Agricultural Science, Space Technology, Accounting, Banking and Insurance, Economics, Management, Police Force, Military, Politics and Public Administration, International Relations/ Diplomats , Business, Sports and Entertainments and others.

It would not be an overstatement therefore to say that the act of greatness being performed by NAVASCANS made them hold responsible and respected positions in the society. NAVASCANS are really not push overs.

Also, NAVASCANS of our time loved and trusted each other. They sacrificed many things in order to make their friends comfortable in terms of money, provisions, gari and others. Though, few were perpetual parasites and some misers of the highest order.

I could recollect vividly that it was senior Abatey that was the senior prefect when we came in to NAVASCO in September, 1968 as form one boys and girls. Fortunately too, senior Abatey junior also became the house prefect for Abatey house later when the house was created. It is however sad to note that they are both of late. If it is true, may their souls rest in perfect peace. I also know that Abatey house was named after Bishop Abatey who was either their father or uncle.
READING CULTURE

NAVASCANS during our time were very proud, dedicated and married to their books. If a student chose to fail he would fail woefully and proudly too without cheating or geraffing and also, if a student chose to pass, he would pass proudly without magomago or any abracadabra. NAVASCANS actually prepared themselves for future challenges and proved the adage of “success is 99% perspiration and 1 % inspiration right by reading and reading. They loved reading different types of fictions apart from their notebooks and textbooks they digested ‘boroboro’ from cover to cover. I could recollect that some students would work all questions at the back of each chapter of a text book be it mathematics or physics.

As I was saying earlier some students chose to read foreign novels such as ‘Harley Chase’ series and others. While some of us chose African Authors. I belonged to the group of African Authors in order to improve upon my not too good English. The popular novels were; Things Fall apart, No Longer at Ease, African Child, Animals Kingdom, One Man One Wife, Foreman and Kinsman, King Solomon’s Mines, The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born, Weep not Child, Palm Wine Drinkard, The Forest of Thousand Demons, I Speak Freedom. Okonkwo in Things fall apart was popular among students. A student Tijani of late memory was nick named Okonkwo and also a passage in practical English by Ogundipe and Tregido; ”may your road be rough this year and may you face a lot of troubles this year . . . by Dr. Tai Solarin taught us some lessons of life.
Lumumbatic Braimah first sent waves to the school for coming from an experimental Primary School in Tamale and for scoring 100% in the National Common Entrance Examination Quantitative Aptitude Test. We were all made to see our scores and some students too did exceptionally very well. Braimah and I were good friends and both of us were active in the Science Club, though, he was in Emerald and I was in Gold.

As soon as classes started, form one boys were reading and reading at least to prove a point and to show that they were stars from their various schools. However, NAVASCO proved to be a leveller and where students found themselves in the same boat. It did not care where you were coming from either from a rich or a poor home. This had nothing to do with your academic performance. If you were always first in your previous middle schools, you will get disappointed due to the fact that you were going to meet better students from elsewhere. This reminds me of a student in our class that failed to find his level in the first mid-term examination that resulted into him weeping profusely. This gingered him up to future better performances.

However, some students were either early starter or late starter. Those early starters started doing very well from day one and their gas faded out as they went along. Others maintained the tempo throughout. Some were poor starter but woke up along the line but others had no ‘terial’ at all. Wrong selection of subjects in form four also affected some students badly.

There were different types of students, the extrovert, the introvert and the braggarts. Some formed unimaginable associations such as Anti- Maths Society, Cheka Omiomu’s Party, The Barrack Boys and the ‘Baddest’ Boys. By all standards they were full of many tricks and antics.
Apart from the groups we had many interesting individuals (seniors) like; Man Walk Alone, Number Nine, Sea Man Jolly, More Sleep After Death, Opinion Kikiri, King Smollet, Joe Lattey, Mr. Protein, Sea Level, My Brother, Ottis, MacNamara, and others. If I mean to discuss the activities of each group or individuals above, then, it will take more than ten pages more.

Please pardon me due to the fact that I would use pseudo names in incident that I considered to be negative and actual names where the issues concerned are positive or neutral. Let’s relax to read these incidences.

Some students either went to the village to read or to smoke or to gossip. Moses John (Olanrewaju) as usual went to the village to read. He was used to reading loudly in an attempt to cram any passage. He did so well and became so tired that he then resolved to put his back on the floor under a big tree and held the book with his both hands. John read from one page to the other. He did not know when the book fell off his hand and was soon snoring. A cobra (snake) fell down from the tree top and headed towards his direction. As John was still snoring, the snake crawled and squeezed itself and rested between the two legs. When the wind blew and his eyes opened John saw the tail of the snake under his legs. John was perplexed, frightened and lifeless without knowing what be fell him and what to do next. He resolved to pray silently. Suddenly the snake continued with its journey and moved away and since then, John never went to that side to read again.

“More sleep after death,” was a vision and slogan of one of our mates but in Red class. He wrote that boldly beside his bed. This guy would never rest while one would see his bed vacant all the time. There was nowhere he did not read. I believed he had a room at the village to read at night. Due to lack of rest, this guy saw Red, he almost died in line with his vision. I think it was the sick bay in Volta house that saved his life. Some students even gossiped that he had his brain cracked. This eventually affected his final exam in form five.

The heavy smokers were group of barracks boys mostly from ‘Kamina barracks in Tamale. They were the ‘baddest’ boys. They were full of tricks upon tricks. I think Kokuwa (pseudo) was their leader. They found their ways into the village not to read but to enjoy themselves. One day, as narrated by one of our juniors but now a big man in Ghana today reminded me on how I rescued him from these bad boys. Here it goes, ”I now remember you very well. I came to form one in 1970…What makes me remember you so well and continue to thank God for your life is how you saved me from sliding into cigarette smoking. We were studying/reading under rocks outside the fence. You were reading this orange Econs book then as a form four student and I believe I was idling and not concentrating… I was invited by one of the heavy smokers and when I sprang up to go, you shouted your lungs out more than Bob Tater…foolish boy; sit down, where are you going? Take a step and see what I will do with you…” I was angry and froze on the rock. Some five minutes later, you gave a brotherly sermon on the harmful effects of cigarette and whether I wanted to be wretched in future. Most of my colleagues who took to this habit are either dead or diagnosed with cancer…” You could imagine if God did not use me that day what could have happened to him.

Due to the sacrifice of our seniors, some of us coming behind learnt a lot from them that led to the improvement in the WAEC exams from year to year. We inherited note books, past questions and answers, some personal textbooks, reading plan, tactics to answer questions and host of others which they paid dearly for in their years as pioneers. These seniors inherited nothing but were used as guinea pigs, still they did very well. Also, as the standard of teaching continued to improve by the introduction of internationally acclaimed Masters and Mistresses into the school that injected new ideas and better methods of teaching, this actually accelerated the performance of the students as a whole.

In continuation of this article, I would mention some specific students that were of academic excellence that set various records during our time only in series 14 while series 15 would be on extra curriculum activities such as cadet corps, boys scout, Debating Society, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, others and conclusion.
Thank you. (Muda Dayo Ogunsola (Oguns Senior) Folio Number 1087.)

SERIES 10: FORM ONE BOY IN NAVASCO – ‘WE DON’T WANT KENKEY STRIKE’

October 18, 2019 one comment Nabia
Kenkey was one of our best food in NAVASCO at that time. However, there had been complaints over a period of time for the poor quality Kenkey being served in the dining hall to us. One day, when we got to the dining room to have our dinner, we were shocked again to meet smelling kenkey as our dinner. A senior student named Musa (pseudo) addressed us in an earthquake tone not to eat the smelling meal. 
This led to: “We don’t want kenkey, We don’t want kenkey riot and strike.”
 
Tension was high with emotional outbursts from all students which led to a total anarchy. The strike was led by Musa (pseudo). Students blocked and barricaded all roads leading to the classes, to the Headmaster’s house, to the dormitories, and to the main gate. The song of we don’t want kenkey rented the air continuously and the situation became rowdy and students became uncontrollable.
Students carried placards with different inscriptions. Save us from bad Kenkey all the time and therefore, give us better food. The strike escalated to the following day. All students refused to attend classes. Placards with different inscriptions were written on the boards. Water melon and other fruits planted by the students were harvested and eaten raw. 
Some students’ stood aloof and unconcerned, while most of the population, including some masters were very active. When all persuasions failed and school looked chaotic, the Headmaster assembled all the students in the Assembly hall and addressed us. In his characteristics ways of speaking, He lamented and felt disappointed. “Since my arrival in this school as your Headmaster, I have watched helplessly on the ways some students behave. This is not the first school I have served and I have never seen where there is total breakdown of law and order as NAVASCO.”
Therefore, the Headmaster further made a declarative statement of, “the school is therefore closed down with immediate effect and all of you are ordered to pack out of the school within four hours from now, thank you.”
Musa (pseudo) addressed the students in a more confused language with vocabularies that some students could neither comprehend nor understand their meanings. He further advised all students not be bothered by the closure of the school. He continued, “you should be ready to fight for good administration anywhere you find yourselves. The NAVASCO I used to know has degenerated beyond imagination. You should not have any fear. Truth shall always prevail over falsehood.  I know that the iroko tree will soon wither and quite believe that history would prove us right.
The students responded,
“The struggle continues and victory is definitely sure,” Musa (pseudo) concluded. However, Musa (pseudo) confronted the Headmaster to bring out his school CERTIFICATE and compared with his own. He believed, the Headmaster’s result was not better than his own. 
Almost all the students carried their loads on their heads and went out of the school through the main gate while others took the foot paths. When the time expired, the police took control and pursued those left out of the school compound.
Two weeks later an enquiry was set up by the regional Education Authority to find out both the remote and immediate causes of the strike. Musa (pseudo) and some other ‘ring’ leaders were invited to represent the students’ interest.
At the end of the enquiry, the panel found Musa (pseudo) and the two other students guilty. Musa (pseudo) was sacked. He was however not disturbed by the decision of the panel and resolved to continue with the struggle where ever he found himself. He concluded that no amount of blackmail could deter his principles and could not be distracted from the path of honour. However, Musa had earlier sat for a preliminary examination to one of the universities. He passed and was later given admission.
When school reopened, students were assembled in the old Assembly hall and addressed by a PhD holder from the Ministry of Education. As he spoke. “After all, you students ‘cannot be able to feed yourselves.” All students by a reflex action bowed down at once for the bullet and misuse of English language by our visitor. In NAVASCAN term, we say ‘AGBAN HAN’. 
I am expecting comments, contributions and corrections from seniors and colleagues because I was only in Form three at that time. Least to forget to mention that we were given an essay by our class English master, Mr. Awuna (pseudo) to write on the causes of the school strike. I bet you my brothers and sisters that was the only assay written for the whole year and was never marked. My Form three Gold classmates could bare me out. The master was only coming to the class to tell us about his life in the University and nothing more. He could yawn from morning till night.
Thank you all and expect series 11 and 12 soon.
Muda Ogunsola Folio Number 1087. (1968-1973) batch.
 
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Comments

Kofi Issah: We all know who senior Musa is. He has never changed. Carrying his confrontational even into public services
 
Kofi Issah: Confrontational attitude
 
Zakaria Abu-bakar Sidick: Very interesting to read so where is senior Musa
 
Kelvin Abem: The Nkrumah’s, Luther king’s of navasco, hahaha
 
Yahuza Mohammed Gomda: Senior Musah is now a prominent engineer turned lawyer and has served in government in many ways. I like to add that all the seniors who were sacked got their way to the University. 
 
Evie Kashnow Kingsley: Muda…I do remember this “event”, questioning why the students were leaving NAVASCO early in the school year. 
 
Evie Kashnow Kingsley, thanks for the advice. We must be very careful in what we publish.
 
Muda Ogunsola: Evie Kashnow Kingsley, However, I have no intention of hurting anybody’s feelings in my write ups. I was even writing sries 11 when your contributions came in and I had to drop my biro.
 
Alabira Ibrahim: Evie Kashnow Kingsley we appreciate your comments and Muda Ogunsola will accordingly.
 
Wepiah Cletus: Very interesting write-ups. In fact it will be very educative to the younger generation. Folio 13176 (2001-2013). I enjoy every bit of it.

SERIES 9: FORM ONE BOY IN NAVASCO, GHANA. – ‘AT LEAST ONE’

October 18, 2019 0 comments Nabia

‘At least one’ was a popular slogan in NAVASCO around 1971/1972 academic year. A master who happened to be an old student named withheld tried to maintain discipline in the school but met with stiff opposition. One day, he was manhandled by two students. It was very shocking to see two students poured stew into the face of the master while supervising dinner meal. This incident took place in the dining hall in the evening of the fateful day. The master was spontaneously mad and decided to handle the students in his own way. He ran out of the dining room to his house, brought out a cutlass and started to chase all students around with the cutlass in his hand, saying
“At least one, At least one, at least one student must pay for it.”
The whole area was rowdy and the students were running helter-skelter while the master was pursuing all students because he could not identify them among the crowd. The Headmaster himself was attracted to the scene.
The Headmaster rushed into his car and went to the police station in town to report the incident. The police quickly mobilized their men and then rushed to the school to calm the situation and probably to make arrests. The master and the two boys were taken to the police station in Navrongo town and were made to write their statements.
The students claimed, “the master spat saliva on our meal which was an affront and insult to our rights and integrity and this caused the highest provocation. We had no alternative than to react by reflex action. We did not even know that the person was our master. Even if he was, he has no right to spit into our continental meal. (Yam with palm oil stew and beef cut into pieces). We know this master very well when he was a student to be a villain of the highest order. He now wants to maintain discipline, for Where?”
The Master too claimed, “if not in a school where morality has gone low and indiscipline is the highest order of the day, this type of insult and assault on a master on duty should not have happened. I had warned the two students several times not to put their meals together again in one plate while eating. Apart from the fact that it is not ideal, they could also transmit disease to each other which could spread to other students. The greatest offence however was for any student to eat with its bare hand which they did.
It was difficult for both the Police and the Headmaster to pass any judgment. They all knew the master to be an immaculate person from all his previous dealings as a master but this time around, he threw everything over board.
However, three issues were discovered that must be addressed.
(i)That, the students were eating together in one plate with bare hands.
(ii) That the students poured stew on the master’s face.
(iii) That the master took cutlass in pursuing the students.
The students were suspended for that dastardly act while the master was advised never to use cutlass to pursue students any longer. However, ‘At Least One’ still lingers on in the memory of students of that time.
I know many NABIA would want to contribute more to this article. You are all welcomed.

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Zakaria Abu-bakar Sidick: We need more

Alabira Ibrahim: Muda Ogunsola, I surely remember this incident and the persons who were involved. There was pandemonium that faithful evening and fearful too. Obviously the students weren’t right. Not in the least. The master on duty was just performing his duty.

Rodney Anakpena: Whoa! What a savage reaction from both parties. Very disrespectful students and a tutor who shouldn’t have lost his co