Yet another series of #nostalgia for this month’s diaries. Entertainment nights formed a part of many unforgettable experiences in High schools. Chale…the variety shows, inter-house competitions, 60’s nights, movie nights and JAMS nights. Even though everybody had his favorite of the nights, they were breaks we all craved for.
As the name denotes, they were nights of various stage performances; choreography, music, acting and many others. People loved variety so variety shows were to die for. I had an embarrassing experience that I can never forget; to me, that was the biggest ‘YAWA’ ever! There was this competition that was being held for a variety show. There was a price for the winner and it was sponsored by the entertainment prefect at that time. So we were called for auditions; I don’t know what freaking came over me, I thought I could actually perform in front of the crowd. In the afternoon, we were working at the lavatory as juniors and then I decided to escape for the auditions. I was wearing my glasses, sandals and very short shorts that showed off my skinny legs and bony kneecaps. OMG! Now that I think about it, I must have gone there looking like this guy in the picture!
I stepped into the audition room without any confidence and my appearance was just HORRIBLE. Can you imagine the cocktail? It was a disaster! Well, that was not the worst part. The worst part was when I started to sing(covering my face now). I was so scared that my voice was shaking!! It was a complete disaster. As much I tried to keep this embarrassment a secret for weeks, I couldn’t take it any longer. I had to tell my roommates and they did just as expected; they LAUGHED the hell at me!
I loved nights like these where we dressed in our house colors. There was this unusual sense of belonging to a house that made the competitions so exciting. There was a time Quartey House seemed to win everything till Ames House took over from them. Anyway, I was in Ames House so chale…. Ames House had the best rooting team; the support we gave to our contestants were always strong. I loved inter-house competitions because of the sense of unity and pride it gave us. It was so much fun!
Movie nights were my favorite because I loved movies and there was no way you couldn’t be actively involved in a night like that. The only annoying part with movie nights were the poor selections they sometimes made for a movie. I had to sit and watch a movie I hated! humph…times like those made me wish I was home. Another annoying thing was when they kept changing movies and wasting time. We sat down for more than an hour without watching a SINGLE movie. Herh! Na school dey bore for experiences like that roff! Imagine waiting 7 days to see a movie and someone letting all that wait go waste…oh chale!
But when we had the right movies, it was always great with popcorn, drinks, and friends you loved to death! Awesome experience!
60s night was just a theme for a Jam night where people wore clothes from the 60s. I wasn’t too fond of Jams because I couldn’t dance. There was one thing about AIS students and their Jams, though; they all danced the same way. On entering our Jams hall, their dance could easily be mistaken for choreography. Every newbie simply learned the traditional dance for Jams. ‘3y3 asem oo’
A typical characteristic of Jam is GRINDING. Grinding was a term used to compare the art of grinding to the friction that occurred between a lady’s buttocks and a guy’s penile area. Sia!! We saw things during Jams ‘we just couldn’t think far!’. I once saw a girl’s eye roll while she was being ‘grinded’…’I no go lie you!’
The funniest thing was when Jams began but everybody was shy to be the first to start. Oh ‘nkolabone wei’. So to set things rolling, sometimes the lights were dimmed for a second and then we heard shouts of ecstasy. But when the light come on, it was almost as if there were ghosts among us; you wouldn’t be able to identify them from how quiet they stood.
All in all, they were exciting experiences but I don’t know what your experiences were in your High School.