When I used to be Brilliant

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All through primary school, I was the most brilliant in my class. As in seriously, I was really really brilliant, such that I didn’t know how brilliant I was, lol. And here are the two reasons.

Even though I was extremely brilliant, I never came first in class. The reason is I went to one of those primary schools that never gave class positions. I don’t know their reason, but they never did.

Secondly, as we might all know, there’s an unwritten rule that the most brilliant student always became class captain, and wrote down the names of noise makers. As for me, all through my years in primary school, I was never made class captain. Never! I was the chief noise maker, and as I progressed from class to class, all teachers nicknamed me parrot. My name was always (I mean ALWAYS) on the list of noise makers.

Sometimes, I even determined that “today, my name will not be on the list of noise makers.” And I will try my best to keep quiet, but one way or the other, I always ended up there, and got punished.

Every time it was period to vote or choose class captain, either by student election or teacher appointment, I eagerly waited to be named, after all, there’s an unwritten rule that the brilliant ones should lead, but time after time, my hopes were dashed.

I remember one time in primary 4, when they called all the brilliant ones out, and a miracle happened, I finally became the assistant class captain, having the second highest vote. I was so elated, but my position did not last more than a day or two because I made too much noise, but at least, I had the privilege to write down the names of noise makers for 2 days, and beat my fellow classmates with ruler if I saw their eye open during the period they are supposed to rest their heads on the desk, and sleep. Lol.

Another reason I wasn’t class captain, I suspect, was that I wasn’t one of the neatest. It was the days of rubber sandals, and my socks always found a way to get lost before the end of the term, and my rubber sandals would cut. Also, I had 2 uniforms, which I wore all through the week, and washed weekends. In my family, once you misplace your socks, and cut your sandals, you are on your own till the end of the term. My mum was mega strict, lol.

So picture this short girl on gorimapa (my mum used to skin my head with blade and comb), with dirty uniform, no socks, and tattered rubber sandals. To cap it all up, she is a talkative whose loud voice disturbs the whole class. Is that who you really want to be the class captain? The guy who was class captain most times was one guy, Feyisayo, from a rich home, handsome, and just a bit brilliant. Imagine, corruption have started from primary school, because people always said the reason he became class captain is because he’s from a rich home.

Anyway, back to the subject of brilliancy. I used to get between 98 and 100 over 100 in most subjects. I was so brilliant that my mum thought I was one genius from out of space. I mean, the gap I gave the person next to me couldn’t have been measured. I wasn’t even aware of how brilliant I was until sometime in senior secondary school, when I looked at my primary school report sheets. By the age of 8, I was already in secondary school, and out by the age of 14.

Anyway, by now, you should figure out that there is no point to this article. I am just writing it to let you all know that in primary school, I was a genius, but I was never named first position, or made class captain. How sad?

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    1. Lol at the title of your link. You are famzing, abi?

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  2. Lol, i hated that dreaded list... I felt heartbroken whenever my name found it's way there for just a whisper, mean class captains. I never came first, but at least I made top 10/5 in primary school :)

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    1. You were on the list of noise makers? Adonbilivit

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  3. Loool. But still look how she turned out? Even more brilliant :D

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  4. Come on go and sit down!!!!! Doing shakara because you were brilliant in primary school. shior!!! I was comfortably in the middle: neither brilliant nor dull. AND I WAS CONSISTENT; I maintained it from primary school through to secondary till I had to mess it up in college and give my parents hope and my siblings a burden. Oh well, they'll be fine...I am! Lol. Interesting gist. I am seriously picturing the scruffy, gorimapaed child you painted!!! Lol

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    1. Hmn, are you sure you're not my twin? My sister still can't believe what my University grades loool

      I was always always on the list. Always! *sigh*

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    2. @ Cherrywine: Trust me, I was not one of those cute kids in white sucks o. You don't even want to know me then, lol.

      @ Toinlicious: I know say you be talkative o. I trust you not to carry last.

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  5. Hehehe! Oh my. Those days. I left secondary school at 15! I do wish I had listened to my father and went to one of those private Unis. I am so happy you still put up posts.

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    1. Haa, madam, where have you been? This is not the life naa. Just disappearing for ages.

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  6. Efiko lomo, me I was just a random student all through.

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    1. Lol at Efiko. Did you see my twitter DM?

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  7. LMAOOO...you are really something else!

    I actually was a pretty average student...and maintained it till I got to the second half of my secondary education. I had changed schools and my new school had a smaller student population. It didnt make any difference to mediocre me until my first term result came through...and then the session and it was pretty hard to be satisfied with mediocre after then.

    Hahahahahah, I have a story of how I was the "unceremonious Social Prefect". Politics is everywhere abeg!

    Then college happened! That one was another story entirely! I truly never hesperrerit!

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    1. Loooollll. Miracles happen o. I'm sure you were just blasting them away, abi? I trust.

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  8. Hmmmmmmmmmm....
    as you can see the one chose for captain often was not liked and people often spoke ill of them behind their backs. So i say, you were balanced, brilliant and sociable those two don't always go well together.

    You are still brilliant.

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    1. Aww, thanks for your sweet words. *hugs and kisses*

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  9. Ah, me too!
    I was really brilliant in primary school but used to make too much noise!
    I would sit at the back of class with my friends and TALK-pia pia pia pia pia.

    The perfect prefect was always one fine, cute and neat girl like that, Akpojene.
    And my name always ended up in her list of noise makers.

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    1. Great people like us act alike o, lol.

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  10. Lol! This post got me laughing and remembering my primary school days too!
    I was always afraid of the punishment for those whose names appeared on that list. So that fear kept my name off it most times but not always.

    I got to write a the list a few time when I was assistant class captain...and also when my seat mate was class captain.
    I also never came first....(results were mostly focused on percentages) and I really didn't think it was a big deal coming first till I got to secondary school.

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    1. You know you are a gentle lady naa. The thing was that I thought I stayed quiet, but I just always ended up on that list somehow, lol.

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