Growing up then was fun ‘cos now everything has changed. From the up-bringing, to the culture/language, to the clothing, the hangout, mentality/psychology, feeding, family ties and relationship, schooling, health, security, business, music/media and game/fun, virtually everything have changed drastically. This is not to under-estimate the luxury, technological advancement and the world of opportunity present in this jet age but rather to reflect with nostalgia on the past, just as it’s always said, the good old days. Generations before me have their own version, I have my own version, generations after me have their own version while my own children will also have their own version and it goes on and on…
Game/fun: Though we were raised in flat, I still had my own share of childhood fun and play. First, In our home we normally act some kind of small drama in our room or compound but the peak was when we go for holiday at my grandma’s place, there are enough little children there and we catch fun together and also when we started staying with our neighbors until mum or dad is back from work. We had so many games back then unlike now, it’s either you play with toys, watch some talking animal cartoon, listen to hip-hop, browse on the internet (social networking) or be on the mobile phone. Back then, its either you read or play and if you are going to watch cartoon, it makes some sense and not brain washing (cartoons like Alice in wonderland, Pocahontas, lion kingdom, snow white and the seven dwarf, Cinderella, peter pan, Mary poppins, beauty and the beast, jungle boy, rapunzel, Aladdin and the magic lamp, the hunch back of nortadam and a host of others, it’s just interesting) and you also have this sing along cartoon songs, some of these also come as a story book. However, I came across this excerpt from a friend’s write up on facebook though I’ve edited it, it goes thus:
If you didn’t watch ultimate power (agbaranla) also known as Ayamantanga!
If you didn’t say stop lying on my head oooh!
If you didn’t play: I kill my 1star I kill my 2star!
If you didn’t form cooking with sand and water inside pangolo (ere iyepe)
If you didn’t do: who is in d garden?!
If you didn’t sing: mummy oyoyo!
You didn’t wake up on Saturday for Cadbury breakfast cartoons or morning ride??
If you did not sing “I be winch I can fly, I be winch I can touch the sky,
If you never thought of beating your teacher outside school,
If you didn’t sing that NTA 2 channel 5 ela oju kan,
If you did not play suwe or if u were not given Nasco wafers,
If you didn’t sing Wen nigeria win brazil x2 okocha come dey laf while bebeto com dey cry,
If you don’t know westerhof, bonfere joe, and see in action rasheed yekini, amokachi, Sunday oliseh, peter rufai and watch Atlanta ’96
If you never sang “leke leke gimme White White Finger”
If you didn’t say: truth to god! Or shake your friends head so hard to signify you’re sorry!
If you didn’t lick sweet that was made of honey (baba dudu), eyin alangba, ekona gowon, sisi pelebe or drink pito.
If you never hummed the times table
If you didn’t play “who stole da meat 4rm d cookin pot?” “all those who are born in january”, “boju boju”, “pipi e emego”, “omoba kan geshin lo”, “omo melo loma bi”, “sander lili” , “iya eleyin gongo”, “bubble gum, bubble gum”, “aeroplane oda bo”, “idi ore mi lemi ofi si”, “alo o, aloo”, “my name my name my name, pamu regegi”.
If you didn’t do culturer dance and songs
If you are a girl and you never counted your plaits with rich, poor, begger, thief?
If you didnt eat Sprint chewing gum If you didnt eat; Nasco wafers, GoGo, Okin biscuit = (Coaster & Shortcake) or even drink Fanta chap man, or gerium sulfate
If your parents never told you dey took first in class during their time
If you never ever said the words Ela oju Kan, buy buns!
If you didn’t watch tales by moonlight or those NTA 5 soap opera and telenovela (secret of the sand (Ruth and Rachael), sledge hammer (trust me, I know what I’m doing), Isaura the slave girl, after the storm, behind the cloud, fortune, ripples, the bold and the beautiful, the rich also cry, Santa Barbara, tales by moon light, village headmaster and so on). The yorubas’ are nkan mi ni (by Ade-love), ogbe ori, eja ngbe oke odo, yemi my lover, fadeyi oloro/toromagbe and orisa bunmi, koledowo, abija, ewejoko and so on. We also have adverts that made sense such as hey joy girl, hey good looking what are you cooking, limca music and dance together, how are u ofo yin, milo pa pa pa pa pa pa pa milo and a host of others.
If you didn’t watch the planta advert ‘children its breakfast time, planta’.
If you didn’t play ‘ten ten’.
If you didn’t do ‘ke n ke, elegba or play with bottle cover (ideri oti)
If you didn’t do “police and thief”
If you didn’t throw rubber
If you didn’t play table soccer
If you didn’t have that yellow wooden ruler
If you didn’t hide your money underneath your “oxford” math set
If u didn’t do all this when you were small then you are a deprived Naija child!!!
Those are the kind of things that happen in those days and growing up was fun.
To be continued…
Written by Morenike Jibowu