Prior to year 2000, life was relatively quite simpler and so easy to go by. Though our fathers told us that somewhere in the middle and at the 3rd quarter of the 20th century life was even more simplified, yet, we still caught the funs having seen how meaningful life was before the fall of the 20th century. Should we say it was an ancient time, or could it be called a mediaeval age? Notwithstanding, whatever name this period could be fondly called, it was the days of long ago! How long? Not too long, though. I am talking about a time in the relative past involving some 20 years ago. And inclusively, a period in time of a distance past of not less than 70 years ago. Both periods under review are considered in a closed boundary. During this time in review, people were relatively less harmful. If not so, our parents wouldn’t be allowing us to mingle in the playgrounds with the rest of the strange folks in the sand, in the rain and in the moonlight with our neighbours’ children and those of our distant kindred.
Back home, our parents did their best to give us the best. In the exploit of our crude technology, we mimicked the Western World with cheers of ecstasy and genuine contentment. Certainly, if I could turn back the hands of time, I would love to replay these epic scenes of the olden days for the computer age children. But that is merely an hyperbolic imagination. And the children of the 21st century are really missing out of what the real life was all about. The geometric evolution of civilization driven by advancement in technology has wiped out the culture of simplicity. Though the train of development is moving in a faster pace, it would be quite unfair and even more sinful to forget the history. Therefore, I have chosen to exploit the memories of the museum of history to bring you pictures that will help you create and meditate on the features that defined the one of the calmest times in the past.
1. Improvise Playing Machines: At that time, kids didn’t have access to sophisticated playing toys. So they made improvised playing machines. Using of expired motor cycle and car tires to drive on roads were rampant. Ball bearings were also used to construct tri-rollers which conveyed children down the hills. It was the age of crude technology.
2. Rotating blade: Children of those days mimicked a rotating fan by cutting leaves, puncturing them through with broomsticks and they would run from one end of the road to the other in cheers with the speed of the rotating leaf increasing with increasing acceleration.
3. Native Soup: The two oval seeds are the soup thickener. They were bush creepers often cultivated in the garden. They have white shells when fresh and black or deep brown shells when ripped or matured. When used to thicken our soup, it would test very sweet with a clear colour. But if the soup stayed for 24 hours, it would turn black and extremely sticky. When we grew older, our aunts told us not to eat it again because it would weaken our manhood. We were scared. Till today, I am not sure if such claims were proven in any nutrition laboratory. The soup you see is a combination of mushroom, oyster, snail, periwinkle and other molluscs. Sometimes, the thickener could be used in it, but not always.
4. A crude technology to rotate a disc and vibrate a string in tension: This one was constructed by using a string, say, a twain and a disc. The disc was always formed from a bottle metal stopper. And the middle of it would be perforated with two holes lying parallel. Then the twain was passed through the holes and tied together at the other end. Our second fingers from the two hands or the thumbs would tension the string. While the initial tension triggered the force of inertia which put the machine in motion, the rhythmic steady flow of energy from the tension in hand kept the disc in good speed and the string vibrating proportionally to the applied force.
5. Those days of Omo detergent and Burnvita: Burnvita was the favourite tea for the rich home. And Omo detergent did not have any good second, it was the best! And their advert were everywhere in the media.
6. High Jump: Do you think we were not athletic? On the contrary, we were. We learn high jump from primary schools. Those days we had Student Teachers from TTC who came once a year to our schools. We loved them more than our regular teachers because they don’t beat students and they often took us out for Physical and Health education, PHE were we learned high jump and other athletic events. When we came back home, we cut sticks, planted parallel and horizontal, and started jumping.
7. Beetles: Any man that drove on a beetle that time was considered very rich.
8. Tablet: I personally got a tablet in my primary one and two. We wrote everything taught in school here with some sticks of chalk. I used to carry my tablet on my head with some sticks of chalk in my pocket. Our parents were happy if we could preserve our writings on the tablet to show to them at home. If our teachers marked us correct, we loved to show it to our parents. If we are scored wrong, we would be afraid taking the writings on the tablet home.
9. Ice Block: Ice bblocks were tied on a water proof. We used to take it to school and looked so special. Sometimes we naughtily wished to preserve the blocks until afternoon, but so sudden beyond expectations, it would melt off completely and any hole on the waterproof would drip the could water.
10. Native Akara: Our mothers used empty milk and tomato tons to prepare bean cake. If they wanted to go more native, they used leaves to wrap the mixture and steam it to produce aromatic bean cake. The recipe included beans, pepper, Sault, red oil, crayfish, biscuit bones and sometimes animal fat.
More throwback pictures of the good old days included the following. This history is fun and must be preserved.
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