I lost a friend this week and this has made me a nervous wreck so pardon me if I go emotional on you. I lost a friend from the university whom I wasn’t too close to, so I wondered how I’d feel if it were any of my very close friends. This got me thinking… There are people we meet in our lives, people we share very great moments with. Moments we look back at and smile just because of the people in them; for me, one of those moments were my high school days. The friends I made from my room were awesome and it was almost as if we were meant to meet each other. It’s been a while since I did a diary series so I am starting another one I’d call #nostalgia
Early Days In School
When I first arrived in Akosombo International school, It was a shock when I came to realize that it wasn’t the vacation holiday they made me believe it was. Seniors never allowed me be; I was punished, bullied and I run errands…the typicals of a secondary school in Ghana. The dumbest of the errands they’d send was to fetch water for them to drink. The stupidest thing was when they asked you harshly. I could only imagine the number of times such seniors drunk other people’s sputum. Yuck! I could never bring myself to doing that, though.
So this made me hate the school at first. I wanted to go elsewhere so I always kept to myself, sleeping in my mosquito net in the corner of my room(common room) which was absolutely weird because I was the only one that used a mosquito net in the room. Common room was a very big room hosting over 20 people at the time but I wasn’t willing to make friends because I always said to myself, “I won’t be here long”. I said that to myself till I came to realize my parents were never going to take me out of there.
My roommates were the epitome of what common room stood for. The common room stood for care-free, dogma-breakers and status quo neglects. My roommates had their own minds, their own lifestyles and they didn’t seem to be affected by anything that was vogue or practiced by other students; they simply did not care! They were like oil in a pool of water; they never blended neither did they seek to. As much as I thought that was weird at first, I liked it because that was exactly how I wanted to be. There was too much stress to add…stress. We were simply the ‘I don’t cares’ on the block.
We made hell for house 1 prefects and those who thought themselves as proper, you know, the ‘real international school guys’ because of some of the things we did. I don’t get why they hated it when we washed in the room because, at that time, our room was literally a veranda to us. I slept just close to the door which was literally outside considering the fact that the door led straight to the patio. People hated it but we didn’t want to wash under the scorching sun…’wonte asie?’
Our sense of style…we simply did not care! Akosombo international school was known for being a swarm of fashion enthusiasts and critics but we simply did not give a damn about that. We wore what we liked and the sense that you didn’t have to sweat it because your roomie didn’t, was liberating.
Character of my roommates
Sorry guys, if I spill a few beans here. Strangely enough, my roommates had very similar traits yet different in their own ways.
1. Issah Haruna
“Issah baebeee!!!” I’d call him and he’d also scream from wherever he stood so loudly, “Siaw baebee!!”. He was the crazy one and that made him the popular one. Issah was very loud, always happy and he was that high-spirited guy you’d always want around. One thing people never knew was that, Issah had a soft spot. But whenever he said anything that made him emotional, he’d brush it off and follow it with a crazy shout; a shout that made no sense. He hated to see anyone moody or sad which I usually was at the time. Issah was a great guy and I am proud of you, bro.
We always referred to him as the smiling face. I am laughing right now just imagining that smiling face. He was always smiling…even when there’s nothing to smile about. If he saw a bird, he’d smile, if he saw a girl’s buttocks, he’d smile. Everything seemed to make this guy smile. He was also very fond of spoiling conversations whenever he interrupted one because he was mostly off topic. We often teased him with a very boisterous girl, a girl strong enough to beat any man to a pulp but whenever we did, he always smiled. That’s what we loved about that guy!
3. Bernard Yankey
This guy seemed to have supernatural powers. I always thought his selfless nature was supernatural because he’d do whatever it took to make others happy and I simply did not understand why; sometimes even if it meant at the expense of himself. We were always late together. We usually ironed just before school, sometimes I’d take the clothes to iron them out while he got ready or vice-versa depending on how late the other was. Sleep was never enough for us but we simply did not like ironing prior to a school day. Oh Gosh!(slapping my forehead). He could sleep the whole day if he had the chance in fact he did that once. He slept the whole freaking day and the only time he woke up during that day, was to make a mixture of cornflakes,milo,nido, and cerelac which he ate as supper and quickly went back to sleep. He did not even give a damn! Herh! This guy…one in a million!
This guy has a natural talent he probably knows nothing about. This guy is a sick comedian who sees things in very funny ways you’d never think possible. It’s probably something people never knew about him. He’d crack us up all the time. He was a curious guy who was also the phase kinda- guy. He had the Christian phase where you always found him at scripture union, he asked me so many questions about Christ till that phase ended. Then there was the spiritual phase where he’d talk so much about seeing visions and wanting spiritual gifts, the playboy phase where he always came back from school with a girl on his heart…oh and then the sex phase where he’d talk about theories that were almost fiction. There was always a phase with this guy. lol
There were many great moments that makes it hard to pinpoint. But as air-headed, as I am, I’ll try to remember a few.
A funny and nerve-wracking moment I can never forget was an inspection that was made by our senior housemaster at the time, Mr.Nartey. He was talking to us about the prohibition of cell phones which he knew a huge number of students kept. As he spoke to us under his famous pear tree, Issah’s phone rung. At that moment, students began to sing, others began to cough and others cheered Mr. Nartey on for no apparent reason. We did everything possible to cover up the ringing tone of Issah’s cell phone. Luckily for us, we succeeded. The tension and effort made by his friends to cover him up was absolutely hilarious!
There was a time where the entire boys’ dormitory assembled in front of my room for a meeting by our housemaster. He was telling us about how we should prepare for inspection that morning. At the time, I had only one pillow case so I did not use it. However, I couldn’t sleep on my pillow without a pillowcase so I got an old shirt and wrapped it around my pillow.
Unfortunately for me, by the time I had fully awoken from my night’s sleep, I was standing on the patio with the rest of the boys; I didn’t wake up early enough to change my pillow case. So as he spoke to us, he looked back and saw the pillow on the top bunk wearing a shirt. Surprised, he picked my pillow and the whole boys’ dormitory broke into an uproar of laughter.
Another moment I can never forget how hard I laughed, was when Ben was having love problems. He left school very early that day so when I came back, I saw him lying in bed in his school uniform and shoes. He had also covered himself with a cover cloth and had slept so deeply fully dressed. We had a great laugh that day.
I just want to thank you guys for those memories. I will always remember you no matter where I go. I love you!
You can tag your roommates in High school on this post on my facebook page or comment their names down below this post just to show you are thinking of them. #nostalgia.
P.S. Akosombo International School is a great school and you won’t believe how much they have improved in just a span of 6 years since I graduated, way above the great reputation they possess in the country and abroad.