FORM ONE BOY IN NAVASCO, GHANA, SERIES 16
I am using this medium to welcome you all to my series. Though, I had to go on Ramadan break. I used the period to abstain from several things that have been forbidden by Allah. This made me to get closer to my God by fasting and praying continuously for self, family, my town, my club members, my political party, my country; Nigeria, my second home land; Ghana and the NABIA family as a whole. We also prayed fervently for peace and understanding to continue to reign supreme throughout the world because the rate of insecurity around the globe is of great concern, too worrisome and very embarrassing. The world powers are the ones producing armaments of destruction of various dimensions and at the same time being the ones pretending to be calling for peace throughout the globe. Who are to be blamed for the Syrian civil war, the Libyan war, that of Iraq, Nigerian Boko Haram and the Avengers? What are the causes of mass movement of refugees around Europe? Absolutely, all these are the handiworks of the world powers that are flexing mustles on each other. If there is peace, how then are they going to sell their weapons of destruction? What an irony of life? Unless we obey the words of President JF Kennedy who said, “if mankind does not end wars, wars will end up mankind.” Oneday, a mad dog would just wake up from no where and switch on any of the various types of nuclear reactors that are being hidden by these super powers, and that would just be the end of everything be it living or none living on this planet earth. Everything would just ‘scatter, scatter’. God forbids. Why can’t we destroy all arms in whatever forms, stop the production and proliferation of new ones? If this could be achieved, the escalation of wars would be over and one can imagine how peaceful the planet earth would have been before the coming of Christ? But quite unfortunate, the advocate of peace; President JF Kennedy if America ended up in violence in the hands of enemies of progress. Enough of wars be it religious, ideology, racial, superiority or inferiority complex. May God let us see reasons and also accept our prayers and fasts. Ameen.
It is my believe that Ramadan is to shed sins and not to shed weight and if one wants to shed weight alone one should visit the gym. However, I believe as an individual that I have been able to achieve both by losing all my sins and also reduced my weight too by about 3Kg. That is, 1Kg per 10days from 78Kg to 75Kg. I was able to achieve this due to sleepless nights with little food and drinks. A friend rather increased in weight and volume due to the accumulation of glycogen and as a result of his sensitive system that quickly adjusted to non-availability of enough food and in an anxiety converted and stored the few available as glycogen for future use.
I planned to release 5 more series in a row within the shortest period of time. I appeal to you all that when responding to this article and others, my advice to everybody is not to mention names publicly. One should rather affirm or comment or contribute positively to the articles so that we would not cause disaffection among the NABIA family.
THE NAVASCO DAM
The school dam lies about 500metres East of the school. The dam had served as a playing ground and also for competitions. At times, the village boys were there to fish though with or without any catch. Students would disappear from the school to the dam site either to read or to swim. But at times, for other notorious activities. Anytime some particular boys were not found in the school, the next place to search for, was either behind the rocks in the village or the dam site.
One day, the school organized a swimming competition among students using the dam. It was indeed a competition that brought out the best among students in swimming. The dam site was over crowded with spectators and students swam and swam setting records while some supporters continued to cheer and cheer relentlessly causing anxiety. If some of the swimmers discovered were encouraged and with intensive trainings, they could have represented Ghana at International competitions very well but that was not the case. At that time, no government knew that there were stars in NAVASCO sports wise. That was one of the reasons why best footballers and others just rottened way except senior Fred that served as a goalkeeper for Ghana academicals.
In aparticular occasion, a senior student named; Senior Ado (pseudo) that was believed to be one of the best swimmers in the school, jumped into the dam. As he paced up and down, gulped in water and started to say, “Haam, Hoom, Haam, Hoom,” continuously and all students started to cheer, “Ado! Ado! Ado!” thinking that he was joking but not until he was almost drowned that some better swimmers dived into the dam one after the other to rescue him. Immediately he was brought out, his belly was pressed down and some ‘holy water’ provided by mammy water; Mermaid, gushed out profusely of his mouth as if it was a turbulent flow coming out from a gourd. Since that day, anytime he did anything funny, students would mock him by calling him his new nicked name; “Ado! Ado! Ado.. !” He really loved and enjoyed his new status and popularity among students. No student of our time would say that he did not know Senior Ado.
But one day, when the A level results were out and as it was the tradition of the school at that time, the Headmaster would read out the results of each student one after the other. When the Headmaster mentioned Ado’s name, the entire students thundered, “Ado! Ado! Ado!…” also clapping their hands due to the fact that a rumour had gone round the school like a bonfire that Ado had the best result. As soon as the Headmaster finished reading his result, the students in a chorus again thundered, “Ado, Ado! Adoo!”. The Headmaster could not understand why it was so funny and the reasons why students should be so amused. Well, he only smiled. Though, Senior Ado’s result was one of the ‘best’.
But quite unfortunate, the rumour of the best result got to Senior Ado living in a town not far from the school, he quickly adjusted his shirt and trousers, happily raced to the school in his old bicycle to receive his ‘best’ result. As some of the notorious boys sighted him between the laboratory and the administrative block, they started the usual praise, “Ado! Ado! Ado!” Many more students were attracted to the scene. The seniors blasted the incorrigible boys and wrote down their names. When they were reported to the authority, the boys were punished severely to dig pits of 6 by 6 by 6 cft for embarrassing a senior. Absolutely, the result saddened Ado and suddenly became tired, exhausted and cold sweat spread all over his body as if he was being bitten by an harmmatan rain. Mounting back the bicycle again became difficult and almost impossible. Some seniors sympatised and encouraged him by saying, “the downfall of a man is not the end of his life. If one falls, one must try to rise again with a higher momentum. One therefore needs to brush up one’s notebooks and text books.” He was really calmed down by these words of encouragements but really felt bad, dejected and totally humiliated by the results and the actions of the notorious boys. I was told that senior Ado got to the top of his career before he retired.
However, it was sad to note that when I visited NAVASCO in April, 2006 together with my wife and two of my children, we met the dam in a very sad and pathetic state. The Headmaster and his Assistant informed us that the students had been banned from swimming in the dam due to the infection of a parasitic disease called Bilharzia – (schistosomiasis). I then asked, “why should they allow the village boys to continue to swim in a disease infected dam?” Because we met some village boys there. I retorted, “banning the students alone is not at all the solution.” According to a Yoruba adage, “chopping off the head is not an antidote for headache.” You cannot say that because your son complains of headache and then decide that cutting off his head is the solution. No, no, not at all. As the students were being protected, we must protect our hosts too.
This is a big challenge to all of us. NABIA comprises of more than 20,000 experts in various fields. We must all come out fully to solve this endemic disease. If the NAVASCANS of our time could leave NAVASCO for Kulumasa near Bawku about forty five years ago to assist the residents suffering from river blindness (Onchocerchiasis), what stops us from protecting our host’s interest health wise too?
I could recollect that our Headmaster; Mr. Collin MacDonald did mobilize students to work in batches at Kulumasa in order to help the villagers suffering from river blindness. Apart from that, drugs, food, cloths and money were handed over to the villagers. It was indeed a great sacrifice.
This short experience I want to share with you might interest you. Around 2005, I had a delegation of medical experts from WHO to my Local Government in Nigeria where I served as the Executive Chairman. They were with us to study if there was river blindness disease in our Local Government and my town; Sepeteri in particular.
In her introduction, … the team leader told us that they had visited many countries and that they were coming directly from Bolgatanga in Ghana to visit a village with people suffering from river blindness. I smiled while awaiting her to conclude her address. On hearing that they were coming from Bolgatanga, I quickly adjusted myself by changing what could have been my initial address to a new one…..First of all, I congratulated them for the services the WHO has been rendering to mankind. After that, as a NABIA, I started my bombardments. I corrected the delegation that, “where they actually went to was Kulumasa near Bawku and Bolgatanga just happened to be the Headquarters of Upper East Region where Dr Agongo is currently serving as the the Regional Medical Director.” I went further to say that Dr. Agongo and I were mates in the same science class.” I narrated on the services rendered to the village when the Headmaster drafted us to the village about 30years ago in batches to work and also donated money, drugs and food to them.
I could see vividly from their faces that they were dazed for a person who lived in Nigeria thousands of miles away to have known every detail about Ghana. You may not believe, what I told them about our services then to the river blindness endemic area formed part of their report on the genesis of river blindness in Kulumasa. “WEY NAVASCO”. They remarked that your school actually produced great men and women. They finally concluded that my address had helped them in their mission to our town though I told them there were no river blindness cases in our towns. Our medical team led by our Medical Director went into sessions with our guests.
So, back to what we could do to salvage the poor people of the villages that surround NAVASCO. The dam should be treated, extended, fenced, padlocked and to be opened periodically. Both the students and the village boys should be tested for Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) and be treated too. This would be one of our social services and contributions to our host. We could also build an Olympic size swimming pool at another site. We have countless NABIA that could design, construct and supervise such projects effectively if money is made available.
Action Plan on how to raise sufficient funds for all our projects for our Alma Mata would be discussed in my series 18 while my series 17 would be on notable and unforgettable incidences; like the monsters, students with some challenges and how they were surmounted. Series 19; The Market Days In NAVASCO and Series 20 would be on how to help the coming generations, further acknowledgments, recommendations, conclusion and others. After that, I would combine all my series 1 – 20, correct the wrong spellings and unacceptable conjunctions due to one reason or the other because most of my earlier series were typed directly on the time line of my phone which made it impossible for me to correct. After which it would then be forwarded to Senior Alabira Ibrahim and others as one article for further processes in preparation towards the 60th year anniversary of the existence of our great school. It might also be posted if advised on NABIA page for the benefit of those that missed some of my series.
To further inform you that Hon. Senior Alabira Ibrahim has drafted me and other respected NABIA to serve in the editorial board of our magazine to be published during the 60th anniversary of our great school. I am glad to inform you all that I have accepted the offer as a great honour and promised to do more research in order to bring out many events that took place in my five years journey in NAVASCO. If it necessitates my coming down to Ghana several times, God willing, I would not mind because no service is too much for our great school.
Thank you all and God bless.
MUDA DAYO OGUNSOLA, (OGUNS SENIOR), 1087
MUDA DAYO OGUNSOLA, (OGUNS SENIOR), 1087
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Tang Moses Brother, thank you and welcome back. We are tuned back to your most welcomed message. Congratulations
Alabira Ibrahim I like that spirit Muda Ogunsola: “….If it necessitates my coming down to Ghana several times, God willing, I would not mind because no service is too much for our great school.”
I sincerely dove my hat to you! That is the spirit with which senior Armiyao Harruna, and others too are holding our great NAVASCO – in very high esteem
Alabira Ibrahim Muda Ogunsola, “WEY NAVASCO” indeed.
“…, as a NABIA, I started my bombardments. I corrected the delegation that, “where they actually went to was Kulumasa near Bawku and Bolgatanga just happened to be the Headquarters of Upper East Region where Dr Agongo is currently serving as the the Regional Medical Director. ….”…See More
Kofi Issah Thanks Nabia Ogun’s. I believe senior Alabs would get in touch with Nabia Zaya Yeebo to provide consultancy services to the editorial board.I still have a number of articles about the dinning hall, variety entertainment, cross country and sports, and …See More
Alabira Ibrahim Of course @Dr Kofi Issah. I have Zaya Yeebo, and Gheysika Agambila as Editors and senior Armiyao Harruna as the Editor-in-chief. And your good self, Muda Ogunsola and myself and many others as script writers.
Kofi Issah Castigated by some
Kofi Issah Nobel prize
Anyakobey Sheance Icey Thank you dady n welcome back from ramadan……. Barekada sahla
Nerabia Komanaba Thank you Oguns Senior. I’m really enjoying your stories as if you were there at my time. We were told the dam takes at least one student’s soul in a year and so we rarely swan in it.
I’m particularly happy to learn how spread Nabia is around the globe. What happened and you have students coming from not only West Africa but even Europe attending NAVASCO? How can we bring back such glories to the school again? I was amazed to have sat in the same plane with three Nabia travelling outside Ghana and I was just a mere servant to them. My experience in Nigeria supports this point.
Muda Ogunsola Nerabia Komanaba, thanks for your comments. We also had a student from India too. His father was a medical doctor at Navrongo hospital. He was the only day student then. However, he never missed any of the school’s activities including prep.
Josseph Gangmane We too, Folio 501-640 group had a DAY pretty Indian girl, a War Memorial Doctor’s daughter for a couple years between about 1967-69.
Michael Azevera Very interesting and looking forward to learn something new from your upcoming series
Akanboyuure Moses Atuah Great work you’re doing Papa more good health to you
Bin Salih Hafiz Can anyone help me with the contact of Issaka Akinbello.
Muda Ogunsola Senior Bin Sakih Hafiz, I will find out from Barr. Rasaq Apalara and Senior Tiamiyu Salami. I will then feed you back as soon as I have information about him.
Alabira Ibrahim Muda Ogunsola,I do think this the Bin Salih you are thinking about.
Muda Ogunsola Senior Alabira Ibrahim, I’m sorry then. I thought Bin Salih our senior who could have been a mate to Senior Akin Bello.
Alabira Ibrahim Muda Ogunsola, you mean Hardi Bin Salih who should be your mate? or senior Ahmed Bin Salih who unfortunately passed away last year.
Muda Ogunsola Very shocking indeed. May His Soul Rest In Perfect Peace. Ameen.
Bin Salih Hafiz @ senior Muda and snr Alabira, I believe am the last of the Bin Salihs to have attended Navasco. I completed sixth form in 1992. The Bin Salih snr Muda might be referring to is my late uncle, Ahmed Bin Salih.
It was my brother, Hadih Bin Salih who asked me to use this platform to locate snr Akinbello whom he served as a junior.
Muda Ogunsola Ina Lillahi Wa inna ILlahi Roojiuna. May His Soul Rest in perfect peace. Amin. The news was passed to me by Senior Alabira few minutes ago. It is quite emotional and very pathetic. I really feel sad. I will definitely locate Senior Akin Bello. Greet the family.
Francis Kriba Senior, Thanks for history update our dear Navasco, God bless u senior #### l can’t wait for 17_××××××
Muda Ogunsola Francis Kriba, thanks for your comments. Series 17 already posted.
Azuma Sumaila Sums There was a year book (full of photos). If anyone has it, it could form part of the proposed magazine (SUMAILA AZUMA)
Alabira Ibrahim Hello Azuma Sumaila Sums, any idea where we could locate it? Barka da Salla.
Muda Ogunsola Senior Alabira Ibrahim, could it be in our library or with any of the past Headmasters?
Alabira Ibrahim We’ll inquire from the school
Alex Nba Now de dam is nothing to write home abt Ooo snr Oguns
Muda Ogunsola Let’s pray that it would see the light of the day