Some odd things happened to us as kids that seemed normal at that time but now that we are older, our brains just keep going, “wtf?” Why did our parents let these things happen? Here is a list of some of the worst things we endured.
1. Getting punished for speaking your native language
What was the thought process behind this? We are Nigerians living in Nigeria; why can’t we speak our native language? This is why we don’t believe that certain states are real. Jigawa, we are greeting you.
2. Getting punished for late payments of school fees
Just a thought oh, but why didn’t they beat the parents? Instead of beating kids, why didn’t they send them home? Kids didn’t need to be embarrassed and beaten to pass a message to their parents. Sometimes people don’t recover from things like these.
3. Being beaten for coming late to school
I don’t think teachers know this, but when you are four or even 15 you are not exactly in control of logistics. Nigerian parents need to start beating these people up since they only understand violence.
4. Flogging for things outside our control
You would get flogged for things you had no control over and for things they should have explained better. Teachers would flog you for having bad eyesight, being left-handed, being hyperactive, for liking the opposite sex — it was all so unnecessary.
5. Being denied permission to use the bathroom
In what insane world would this be normal? Why would you deny anyone the choice to use the bathroom? It’s giving slavery tbh.
6. Getting beaten for bedwetting
Did anyone ever stop to think that these kids were embarrassed that this was happening to them often? Would it have killed someone to offer a solution like making them pee before bed? Why is violence always the answer?
7. Spending your entire day in school
Kids would wake up by 5-6 am, especially kids in Lagos. They’d be in school till 3 and then have another hour of extra lessons, and when they got home, one wicked lesson teacher would be waiting for them. Nigerian parents have no joy sha.
8. Cutting your hair/ dreadlocks
Why didn’t parents riot when these things happened to their kids? You’d get admitted to a Christian school and they would ask you to cut your hair. Nigerian kids deserve better.