STRANGE PEOPLE I MET IN SCHOOL BACK THEN


I remember some weird and strange mates I met as a kid,while some were thought to possess some metaphysical powers, others were just confusingly weird ‘like that’.

Here are the 7 summaries of them:


1. THE BOY WHO NEVER CRIED-


There was this funny boy in my primary school then who never cried,yet offends almost every time, teachers would take turn to flog him just to see tears but to no avail, a new male teacher in school who claimed he wanted to “break his magic” and thereby flogged him severally, naked, in front of the class ended up with swollen hands and couldn’t come to school for days,in short, the boy never cried!

2. THE MYSTERIOUS EATER



This boy (about ten years then) wouldn’t bring food to school, yet was never hungry, whenever we were told to bring our lunch money he would decline, telling stories after stories. Surprisingly, a new class teacher assigned to us was eating rice and beans on a particular day and saw the boy eating too, knowing he doesn’t bring food, she decided to query him, amazingly, this boy wasn’t having any plate of food with him, and when he was told to open his mouth, lo and behold, it was the exact rice and beans the class mistress was eating, talk of spiritual food transfer?


3. THE BOY WHOSE FART COULD LINGER FOR AN HOUR- 
This particular boy was annoyingly troublesome, and his bargaining deal was the threat of releasing a confusion-causing fart. He could “command” his gas station to release heavy “atomic bomb” any time, just do a little thing, poof!, and you’ll regret exchanging words with him, his fart smells an average 30 to 50 minutes. However, there was a good side to his fart, he uses it in chasing boring teachers out of class, most especially when its time for boys to play ball on the school field, you wanna ‘encroach’ into our playing time?, he teaches you a ‘farty’ lesson.

4. THE EXTRA SENSITIVE BOY-

This nigga is hell sensitive, he had relatively small nostrils but could smell trouble a thousand miles away. Whenever we play, or made a noise in class, we always watched out for him, once he’s silent or runs away from the football field, staying an extra minute there will be at your own risk, its either the dreaded Vice-Principal (VP)comes around to “arrest” you, or some randy seniors catches you and give you some corporal punishments. Whenever I played rough, I watched out for him, once he’s leaving, I follow asap, no time.



 5. THE WITCH GIRL-
This girl, back then in primary four, would tell exactly what will happen to you if you offend her or engage in a fight with her, she once told a boy he’ll injure his toe, amazingly, the boy did, she told us a teacher who flogged us for noise making won’t make it home, she landed in the general hospital same day!, as a smart pastor kid, I countered her words before they landed, I was never her victim, no time.

 6. MEMORY CARD-
 This was a girl I came across in my little teaching experience before I got admission. She could remember everything, she was so good that you could give her a 15-page write up to deliver off hand in 24 hours, she once recited a comprehensive 30 page science world report, word for word,at an end of the year party, we teachers couldn’t clap but stood in awe, we thought she couldn’t do it, as she only had 2 days to prepare, despite being busy with the party arrangement at day time, could she have memorised over 10,000 words in two nights and not miss a jot? Amazing!!!

7. JACKIE-KID-
This was a boy I met in JSS2 then, he had this extra flexible body with amazing martial art skills (Traced to too much chinese films for a kid his age). He slapped much taller classmates with his feet, twisted his body to whatever shape you dare him to, hexagon, triangle, anything, just mention and before you say Jack, he’s done it. I hope he’s in Chinawood (or whatever the Chinese movie industry is called) right now.


My questions  for my readers/viewers: 

1. What is your own views and contributions on this post?

2. What is  your own experience with strange folks?


Please let me know all your reactions, views and insights in the comment box below!

Written by:
Kogwuonye Patrick Onyeka
Writer/Blogger/Educator/Tutor
University of Benin
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