MUDA OGUNSOLA – SERIES 5. FORM ONE BOY IN NAVASCO, GHANA.
In NAVASCO, you remain a form one boy or girl till you passed out or until no seniors are in front of you. May be, in form five or upper sixth. Even after the secondary school days, seniors would still call juniors as form one boys or girls.
Iam taking the permission of my seniors and senior’s seniors to continue with series five of my experience and others in the great school; NAVASCO.
In discussing football as it was played by the great players like Seniors Fred, Paddy Moore, Scorpion, Hope, Kotoka, Sule Goodman and my mates and juniors too; Kukula, Anaba, Adjei, Nash, Kalala, Ismaila and a host of others. Senior Fred was an excellent goalkeeper that kept for Ghana acdemicals against Nigeria in those days. He was a fantastic player too.
Senior Basihru BABA (Paddy Moore) of late memory was an outstanding footballer. A lefty for that matter. I could recollect how Paddy Moore played as an effective attacker. There were so many matches he played for our school but I would report a particular match where he took the ball from the centre (mid field), dribbled the first, the second, the third and other opponents that came for the ball. He successfully got the ball into the eighteen-yard box with a terrific speed and tactically brought out the goal keeper, dribbled him and netted in a goal. “Way NAVASCO, WAY NAVASCO, rented the air. Snior Hope too was another excellent, refined and a cool player. He would disarm an opponent with ease. He could be described as an elitist player loved by students. Senoir Kotoka was equally an excellent goalkeeper that could dive, summersault, parry balls out or push over the bar. He was always the stumbling block for the opponents. Senior Kotoka was a great table tennis player that could serve strongly and smash terrifically but his problem was that you must never praise him anytime he was leading. Immediately you start to shout WAY NAVASCO, he would start to smash unnecessarily that at times lead to a loss.
Kukula the barrack boy was another good defensive player. He was nicked name, “if you missed the ball don’t miss the leg. I believed, he might have learnt that from Senior Scorpion another no nonsense defender. Kukula was a good boxer and a good high jumper. Anytime he started to jump, my brother would start by somersaulting. It would be when other co-jumpers were already gasping for air that Kukula would start a normal jump. It is a statement of fact to say that he was an all-rounder.
Senior Suleiman Kareem was a good goalkeeper, a table tennis player and also very excellent in 200metres. Senior Essun; our sports prefect when I was in form one was another record breaker in long jump. Senior Audu Bako, Lion, Otu were all good in the sprints. While Gaisey, Double Chest, Lawal, Salami (1969-1974) and others were good at the marathon race. Senior Jawula was excellent in Javelin. Students believed at that time that when hundreds of students were at a distance away, one could easily identify him.
Among the ladies; Paulina was the best that also set a record in 800 metres and 1,600m races. He dominated both upper and Northern regions in both events for about four years. She was one day defeated by Jirapa girls that hatched a plan against Paulina. One led for some time while Paulina pursued as a champion, caught up with her over took her but unknowing to her that another Jirapa girl was closely behind her. Just few metres to the tape the Jirapa girl that was behind came from nowhere with a terrific speed to win the race. She was a Jirapa ‘boy’ and not a girl indeed.
The school introduced special diet that consisted of high quality food, glucose, milk and others that attracted many more students to sports. At the end of the , it paid off. Many more talents were discovered.
I would want to discuss Pente pente in this medium because no NAVASCAN of our time will ever forget this woman that added glamour to our social activities. The woman that lived outside the school fence was believed to be insane but I had a contrary view. This same woman always crossed the fence to sing for students and especially the Headmaster Mr. Collin MacDonald. The woman’s song was always the same.
“Pente pente, Aha
Pente pente, Aha,
Zuokato, Zuokongon, Ukatari yaah” meaning your bid head, head like that of guinea fowl, you do not have good sense (head).
This woman would look for the Headmaster and danced in front of the administrative block. McDonald would raise his right hand and say, “Pente pente, I say go away. Pente pente, I say go away. Pentepente would not listen and that would be the beginning of another round of the same song. Pentepente was really fantastic in her dancing steps.
‘Way NAVASCO’ lived in Navrongo town but never missed any football match that involved NAVASCO and other schools. He was an hardened supporter of our great team. This man would stay in spot but be running round the field and be shouting “wey Navasco, Wye navasco”. He got some converts among the students that would follow him round the field shouting wey NAVASCO.
Let me tell you another very interesting story of an incident that occurred during the month of Ramadan in NAVASCO. Our early morning(dawn) meal was always prepared in the evening and kept in the dining for we he Muslim to eat at the right time. At about 4am as we went to have our meal, the most junior on each table would serve the meal. As a Nino was serving the stew, he realised that there was a big meat inside the port and the boy was a gomoro to. He reserved the big meat for himself. He served others monkey and left the donkey for himself. Finally, after serving others and it was his turn to serve himself, he brought out the big meat that happened to be a big toad.
It was unbelievable and a big lesson for Gomoros.
Happy reading while awaiting my series six.
Rodney Anakpena: Hahaahaa. Oh a toad? What a mess! You all must have thrown up!
Rodney Anakpena: Hopee was an excellent Table tennis player too.
Muda Ogunsola: Am sorry, Goodman was my Senior and Nash was my mate.
Rodney Anakpena: There was one Yuroba guy I think the name was Salami or Amusah or both and he was notoriously known as the Tea God. No one could challege this guy at drinking hot tea or even eating. He was about F4**ish. Do you recall him?
Muda Ogunsola: You are right. His name is Amusa Salami from Bawku that time retired from a bank in Abuja in charge of Agric loan, now living in Saki, Oyo State of Nigeria. I see him often.
Rodney Anakpena: Yeah that’s him. Ok great.
Rodney Anakpena: No one could challege this guy with eating or drinking hot tea , period!
Muda Ogunsola: Sorry, Tiamiyu Salami and his brother; Noble Salami.
Rodney Anakpena: Oh Ok
Zaya Yeebo Brilliant. Now i am motivated. 8
Armiyao Harruna: Season of record settings, a golden age.
Muda Ogunsola: Thanks Senior, golden age of commedy, laugh and grow fat is the tittle of that popular film watched several times in NAVASCO.
Alabira Ibrahim: Muda Ogunsola fantastic memory. You got it all correct. On football you forget Emma Adelekun the wonderful dribbling wizard. I remember the dawn breakfast you recounted and of course Pente-Pente and her rants and chants and dances. You remember there were days when she made classes impossible? Great job Chief Muda.
Muda Ogunsola: Snr. Alabira, thanks so much but feel sorry for those typographical errors. I typed directly from handset. I was able to edit the one I posted on my timeline but couldn’t edit the one to the group.
Awanyelum Samuel: Hahaha, toad paaa, can’t stop laughing
John Landry Rouamba: Eeeei!See Translation
Zakaria Abu-bakar Sidick: Interesting story
Isaac Nana Amissah-Eshun: O yes, Senior Fred Bukari was an all round sportsman. A sprinter, long jumper, footballer, hockey player!! etc !!!
Rodney Anakpena: Isaac you’re up there on the Navasco Sports Hall of fame. If there isn’t already a visible display honoring your likes at the school, I suggest Nabia ought to promote such.
Rodney Anakpena: I meant to say Snr. Eshun. Hahahaa,
Isaac Nana Amissah-Eshun: You bet it !!!
Isaac Nana Amissah-Eshun: Athletics!!! Senior Eshun !!
Muda Ogunsola: Senior Nana Amisah-Eshun, This is great. The
Akubacha Ibn Abakucha were so grateful sir. eagerli waitin 4 de next!
Isaac Nana Amissah-Eshun: I still remember this Adelakun boy. Real young wizard dribblerv he was.
Bobsan Salifu: Down memory lane. Kudos. Encore!!
Bobsan Salifu: I recall with nostalgia how Mr Ezuah, impressed by the nimble-footed Kalala, had this to say:”This boy, ‘Karara’, can ‘pray’!