MUDA OGUNSOLA SERIES 6. FORM ONE BOY IN NAVASCO, GHANA,
I wrote in my earlier article that there were 1000 boys, 19 and half girls. They were all active and the girls almost became men due to different types of bombardments from boys. Only few out of the girls were not nickedname. I would not mention their names but their nicked names. We had; camel-walk, boat, spring balance, buffo regularies (African toad), cocoa sack, striated muscle and the half girl. I also would not mention how students came about these names because I do not want to offend or hurt anybody. However; there were few incidences that I would like to touch briefly.
One day, Camel-walk, walked secretly into an Agric sixth former apartment by Volta House at about 8pm without caring of what would happen next. On the fateful day, as she was about coming out, she met a crowd of students already awaiting her outside. She was horrified to see a wasp of human bees following her and singing a melodious song to embarrass and humiliate her. The song goes:
“Camel walk, hey! hey!
Camel walk, hey! hey!
You are caught today, hey! hey!….”
The noise from the crowd was tremendous that attracted almost all students and masters including the Headmaster in to the scene. I think the necessary disciplinary actions were taken by the Headmaster after thorough investigation against the two students. We were all astonished to see Camel-walk in the class the following morning unruffled.
Another similar incident that took place was between Kokuwa (pseudo name) and a girl by the laboratory. An Indian master reported the incident to the Headmaster, “I found Kokuwa at about 9pm beside the laboratory together with a girl transfused together, I said, separate, they could not separate but what they were doing, I could not say.” The Headmaster laughed out loudly as am laughing right now, “hhnnnnnnnnn. you said, you could not say what they were doing but you have said it all.” The Headmaster sent for Kokuwa later to find out what really happened. Kokuwa, a smart boy and a leader of some of the ‘baddest boys’ denied the allegation vehemently. However, the mistake the Headmaster made was that he let the cat out of the bag by releasing the name of the master unknowingly and without considering the implications. Kokuwa with his boys in annoyance went straight to the master’s house to challenge and warn him to stop poke-nosing into affairs that did not concern him. The master too was shocked and could not believe that the Headmaster could release his identity.
The master reported back to the Headmaster on what Kokuwa and his bad friends did to him.
“Kokuwa and his gang came to my house to attack me. Kokuwa was exceptionally rude. He raised his hand above my head and in the presence of my wife. He wanted to beat me up. I was only lucky to have been rescued by one of his group. Kokuwa and his boys must be brought to book.” The incidence was the talk by every student in NAVASCO at that time. What the Headmaster did has become history.
At another occasion, Kokuwa crossed the fence and went to the village. He took a school bag along. What he did was unbelievable. Kokuwa pursued the villager’s domestic guinea fowls and grabbed one, twisted its neck and then strangulated the fowl. He put his loot in his bag and as he was about to leave the village, three hefty men in number pursued him with sword and cutlases. The acrobatic young boy escaped without his loot. The villagers took the bag and the strangulated fowl to the school to report to the Headmaster. When the Headmaster opened the bag and inspected it, he was astonished to see the name of Noko (pseudo) boldly written in the bag and a dead guinea fowl. However, the Headmaster could not believe that Noko could have gone to the village to steal. Noko was therefore sent for and he reported immediately unruffled. The Headmaster queried, “Noko Mr. Protein, what were you looking for in the village last night? Were you looking for more protein?”
Noko replied confidently, “I was not in the village last night Sir.”
“How come your bag found its ways to the village? The Headmaster inquired further.
“Oh! I see. It was Kokuwa my friend that used to borrow my bag all the time Sir.” Noko replied unruffled. “Do you know what he uses your bag for?”
” No Sir, I do not know,” was the reply.
The Headmaster sent the Office messenger to fetch Kokuwa. He could not locate him on time because he had gone to the clinic pretended as if he was ill. After thorough investigation, he was found guilty and he recieved six lashes of Cane which was a taboo in NAVASCO of our time. He was equally nickedname ‘Kokuwa; Mr. Protein’.
The ‘baddest boys’ in NAVASCO happened to be among students from the barracks. They were experts in tricks and doing the impossible things. As a student; Moses, (pseudo) used to snore badly and heavily too at night disturbing others. One day, when the young man slept with his mouth widely opened, one of the baddest boys rapped a paper like a cigarette, soaked in kerosene, put it in the mouth of Moses, (pseudo) lighted the ‘cigar’. Fire and smoke rented the air. What happened later was beyond immaginatiom.The flame burnt Moses’s mouth especially the upper lip. Unconsciously, Moses jumped up and lamented loudly, “fire! who doped me “.
Let us have a break to continue with other series later. I planned to finish the series before Ramadan because I normally shut down my internet during the Holy month. My children only check my mails for me periodically.
Thanks. Muda Ogunsola 1087.