f you attended a Nigerian primary school and you
were probably born in the 70’s or 80’s, then you
can relate to these.
1) THE BIG OLD BULLIES: Then is very different
from now. Nowadays, some Pry 5 pupils are not
even up to 8!!! Back in the days, we had some
papas and mamas as classmates. These set of
people were usually dull and chronic habitual late-
comers. They sat at the back of the class. They
were mostly cruel and would beat you up
mercilessly for not showing them answers in class
or when you refuse to share your food with them.
The guys had hairy yam legs and from their voice,
you could tell they were full grown adults! Our
headmaster no try at all!!! I still wonder why he
admitted our ancestors as classmates!
2) THE SMART CRIMINALS: These set of
classmates were always having it lavishly during
break. They would buy every edible thing sold in the
school compound and were always willing to share.
You would start wondering where they got the
money from! At home, their parents always
complained of missing money!!!
3) THE TROUBLE-MAKERS: These set of
classmates were always fond of formenting trouble.
They would deflate the ball on the play-ground if
they didn’t chose them in a football game,
irrespective of the time they came to the field. They
were always combat-ready because they would
steal your pencils, pen, ruler, books and convert
them to theirs. Ogbeni, you go dey see your name
for the ruler korokoro but dem go still tell you say
na dem get am! If you pressure dem too much, na
fight go end am!!!
4) THE TEACHERS’ PETS: These set of classmates
were usually loved by the teachers, probably,
because they were intelligent. Though, sometimes,
e dey be like say partial dey involve for the thing o!
They were the good boys and girls. They helped
teachers carry their things home and they knew the
homes of the teachers because they were regular
visitors. These folks always scored high in class.
5) THE WICKED CLASS MONITORS: They would
deliberately omit the names of their noise-maker
friends and include your name in the noise-makers
list! Yes o! You that have been quiet…just because
you didn’t share your fried fish with them during
break! Then, the teacher would come in with the big
cane and you would be feeling funky that you have
been quiet, only to hear your name being called
from the list as a noise-maker. Chai! Efe, the
thunder wey go fire your blokos still pem for one
corner dey chew groundnut!!!
6) THE BEGGISTS: These classmates could beg
beyond begging! They graduated from beggars to
beggists because they became experts! They would
beg you for every little thing till you start wondering
whether they had parents at all. If they meet you
enjoying your mango jejeli, they wouldn’t mind
asking you for the seed! Leave am for dem, na dia
work. Dem go shine the seed dry for you.
7) THE Indecency CREW: Thes guys had the job of
exchanging Indecency magazines for money; even
at such age! They were rotten like decayed fish.
These were the type of pupils that would go to the
restrooms to draw pictures with chalk depicting
sexual acts and write all sort of nasty things on the
walls such as T.O.T.O! I am not surprised; many
of them graduated to become members of the