#ThrowBackThursday: 20 sweet memories of growing up in Nigeria!

Nigeria Childhood memories - cortina shoes -ali-and-simbi
Cortina lomo!

Abeg, let’s see if we’re age mates. If you don’t remember these things or didn’t do any of these, kneel down when you see me and address me as “Auntie Viva”. We no be mate at all abeg!

Nigeria Childhood memories - cortina shoes -ali-and-simbi
Cortina lomo!

Oya confess:

  1. If you didn’t kill earthworm with salt.
  2. If you didn’t play rubber band.
  3. If you never bathed in the rain.
  4. If nobody told you about India vs Nigeria 99-1.
  5. If you didn’t sleep on the couch and wake up on the bed.
  6. If you didn’t throw your milk tooth on the roof for the lizards to take it and give you new ones.
  7. If you didn’t do “rub and shine” – just wash your hands and legs instead of bathing when going to school.
  8. If you didn’t act film in uncompleted building or under bed with friends.
  9. If you never flew a kite – MADE WITH EBA!
  10. If you didn’t use your two legs to build houses with sand.
  11. If you didn’t write your name on a strip of paper and insert it into your pen so that no one will steal it.
  12. If you didn’t close the fridge door really slowly to see when the lights went off.
  13. If you never waved at white birds expecting your nails to be whiter – leke leke tinz
  14. If you never heard of a ghost that stays under mango trees at nights.
  15. If you were never told that if you swallowed orange seeds, an orange tree would grow in your stomach.
  16. If you didn’t drive a single car tyre with a stick and called it your car!
  17. If you didn’t mix garri and sugar in your pocket and eat while walking in the street (okay, I didn’t actually do this one, but still…).
  18. If you never did mama and papa play i.e. cooking grass and sand without fire.
  19. If you didn’t play table soccer with cover beer-bottle.
  20. If you didn’t play “Jangilova epo motor”, ten-ten or suwe…

…..then don’t even look me in the face when talking to me!

😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

Nigeria Childhood memories - radio cassette record music
Sunday afternoons, there was always hot jams on the radio mehn! Blackky and his Rosie song was BAWSE!


Nigeria Childhood memories - vintage Coke crate
Crate for minerahs


Nigeria Childhood memories - Nerve and bone
It was either this or gentian violet. Anything other than this, we’re not mates ooo.


Nigeria Childhood memories - Janet and John
Janet and John of laive! This was always the first attempt at reading immediately after Queen’s Primer


Nigeria Childhood memories - Oxford maths set
And you had to have your name carved in all your pieces because there are just too many thieves in your class.


Nigeria Childhood memories - pencil and pen eraser
All it ever did was tear your exercise book jare!


Nigeria Childhood memories - Basket rubber sandals
Look or basket sandals – omi ni polish!


Nigeria Childhood memories - Okin biscuit
Which was your favourite? Round or rectangular Okin biscuit?

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