1.ME: Do you remember your first day in QC?
KEHINDE:Yep. Some time in Sep 1996. Came to pick up text books during class hours and it was sooo quiet at the staff block. Little did I know!
Resumed first week in Oct. in JS2U and had to knock to get into my class. This how it went down:
Had gone for a meeting with the principal right after assembly so got to class during 1st period Maths and entered innocently. Next thing Dami Afelele almost screams go back you didn't knock (senior girl fever in JS2) and i replied - i"m in this class, do I have to knock! That was it.
2.ME:Which PQC did you fancy?
KEHINDE;" Princy Marinho" - you just had to love her & Sojirin AKA "Mama So" - she was the one we grew up with- saw all our wild moments and introduced vals day "diary milk" chocolate.
3.ME:The best and worst thing about QC uniform including shoes?
KEHINDE:The worst - the D and B badges didn't make it. Also the sleeveless shirts made you see somethings that are better left unsaid. Worse if you didn't get your uniform from Modern people tailoring and went to someplace like Linas(or is it tina's) @ back gate.
The best - the standard "moc's"shoes before the introduction of school shoes.
4. ME:Best dressed teacher(s)
KEHINDE:Cant say for sure. But loved Bickersteths carriage/walk.
5. ME:What were your best memories of tuckshop or when coke boys came along?
KEHINDE:The cup cakes at the first tuckshop, waiting 4 tuckshop to open on Saturday afternoons.
Coke boys - the Wednesday fried doughnuts and fish cake that doubled up as missiles.
6. ME:Most memorable part of QC in terms of building eg class, dorm, octagon, backgate.
KEHINDE:Dormitories - cried there, laughed there, played pranks and served punishment there! And you just loved Matty Obasa and her Yoruba accent picking and dropping the 'h' and 'o'.
7. ME:Worst punishment and who meted it out on you.
KEHINDE:Wash Obasa toilets for a week after evening prep by Stella Ofure (dorm captain obasa room 5 in 97/98 session). Actually enjoyed it in the end because I got all my roommates/ classmates to join me. We would have water fight after cleaning the toilets and fetch all the water we needed.
8.ME:Extensions SS3 and/or JSS3 what was ur best or worst experience.
KEHINDE;Both. JSS 3 best because of this incident on the first Friday night:
All the JS3 girls had boycotted their house rooms and we all moved to Emotan house. We started telling horror stories and gisting. Next thing someone knocked on the door and we all started screaming - 'NEPA" struck at that exact moment and the generator did not come on. It was an SS3 girl who was looking for junior girls to harass so she shipped us all to Obasa house to serve punishment - fetch water from slabs.
The generator didn't come back on so we all took mattresses from obi house to the courtyard and lay down there under the stars feeling happy with ourselves. Next thing someone all covered in white came out from a room in Danfodio ground floor. Every one took off for their lives. Later found that it was a senior girl in white nightie who had gone to Danfodio house to get dusting powder because of the heat!
9. ME:What assembly during the week did you enjoy/loathe the most, PQC, house, tutorials or religious
KEHINDE:PQC general assembly - there was just this thing about everybody being together and the jogging back to class in style.
10. ME:Favorite teacher
KEHINDE;Mrs. Abdul Gaffar - maths teacher SS1 to SS3 - the woman used to allow me do no class work.
11. ME:Most memorable boarding house experience.
KEHINDE:a) Evening prep in JS3 - Class supervisors (Tosin and Kemi) punished us and we couldn't be bothered. Stayed till after junior lights out and we started begging; they refused and some SS3 student passed by the class and released us to their mortification. After she left we started singing and laughing at both supervisors.
b) Visiting Sundays 'e rush e' for food
12.ME: What was the best thing about interhouse sports
KEHINDE:Calisthenics of course.
13.ME:If you had to be on the QC board what role would you like to play.
KEHINDE:Programme (non academic) development coordinator.
14. ME:Would you send your daughters to QC?
KEHINDE:Not so sure. If it gets better by then.
15. ME:If QC had to make any improvement what positive change would you like to see?
KEHINDE:Improved quality of education - remember the times girls used to have straight A1's in WAEC!
Other Qc Memories
Boarding house memories -
Sunday morning Akara - I hated akara but would always end up in the dining hall with wads of tissue paper getting akara for some senior girls that were still on their beds.
Obasa house blues - everything in your locker was blue! School uniform, house wear, Sunday wear, bedspread and it could be confusing esp. when you had 10 seconds to get out of your bed and change to your house wear after siesta. I actually mixed my Sunday wear for my house wear once but changed just in time.
Js 3 extension - the fights; it was like everyone was high and had to expend the energy! Dorm fights, class fights, dining hall fights, bff fights - it all happened. I think it was "senior school" anxiety attack.lol.
Other memories - Scrupples day and being punished my mama so (because Ada Alfa dressed up in her suit as the escort and we all went gaga). I think she thought there was a guy in the class. The orange/ fruits that always came with lunch; inspection Saturdays - how every junior girl hated scrubbing the door way; never ending journey punishment - get me Adams apple or Newtons favorite pen; after exams break - playing split & jackpot, watching plays and videos, the rush from wherever you were when you heard that exam scripts where in the class etc. The good old days when the only worry you had was to pass your exams.