Growing up in Nigeria, there were scary stories we heard from our parents, siblings and friends; stories that were told mostly to us to scare us from doing something.
One of the more popular ones is the story of the little boy who collected sweets from his friend in school and forgot it in his bag. After school, his mother found an index finger in his bag, it turned out that the sweets had turned to the index finger.
If you were a boarding student, no matter what part of the country you schooled in and no matter what school you went to, you are bound to have come across one or all of these stories:
1. MADAM KOIS KOIS
This is probably one of the most popular stories. There are different versions of it but one of the most prevalent versions is that Madam Kois Kois was a very beautiful young teacher who always wore red heels and was very mean to her students. One day she slapped a female student and injured her ear so she was fired. On her way home she had an accident but before she died she swore to haunt the students.
The story is that she now prowls the corridors and dormitories of female hostels at night when the students are asleep. A lot of people have claimed that they have heard her walking on the corridor with her shoes making the sound, kois, kois, kois.
2. BUSH BABY
This is another of the more popular ones. The story goes that while students were asleep, they would hear the loud cry of a baby and if you were the sensitive type, you would get up to find out where the crying was coming from. You would keep walking until you found yourself deep inside a strange bush where you would see the baby crying but as you reached out to touch the baby it would turn into a gruesome sight – sharp teeth, red eyes and a dismantled face and you would never be found again.
Some other parts of the story say that bush babies have a lantern and if you’re able to steal it, you will become rich.
3. THE HEADLESS HAIR BRAIDER
There was once a very beautiful girl who had the longest hair in the whole school. Her hair was always neatly braided and very beautiful. Whenever she was asked where she made her hair, she never answered. One night some girls were walking to their dorm room when they saw her room door open. They walked in to find her with her head on her thigh, braiding her hair herself. They screamed and ran out. They went to call their other dorm mates but she was never seen again.
4. NO FETCHING WATER AT NIGHT
In boarding school it was hard to go out at night to fetch water because, well, you didn’t want anything bad to happen to you.
It is said that some students went to fetch water at night and they found the tap running so they put their bucket under the tap. Something they didn’t see pushed the bucket away, they put it back again and still something pushed it away after the third time, a hand out of no where slapped one of the girls and they heard a voice say, “can’t you see I’m fetching water“.
The girl could not talk for three days.
5. NO SWEEPING AT NIGHT
Similar to the tap story, it was never a good idea to sweep at night in boarding school. The reason being that there were spirits who had their houses by the doors so if you swept at night, you would disturb them and the spirits would possess you.
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