Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The KSA Memoir: Funny Pranks I played with mum as a kid + Day KSA nearly drowned in River Niger


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KSA...Broke Mum's heart to liberate self to Music
In this edition of the interesting story of the life of Juju Music Legend, King Sunny Ade, he narrated the story of his near death experience while on a swimming expedition with friends and how he nearly got killed by his naïve bravado in the face of nothing.
The King of World beat also shared the story of different childhood stunts he played on mum’s intelligence before adulthood caught up with him. Enjoy the story on your Africa’s Number 1 Celebrity Encounter Blog, Asabeafrika.

Agidinke, my other nickname…
“My favorite time in school was when we were being taken through serious academic work.  By that I mean lessons in conventional subjects like Bible Knowledge, Mathematics, Geography, English Language and others.  I felt the time we spent singing should have been devoted to teaching these subjects.

KSA and SK (Dr. Seye Kehinde of CITY PEOPLE)
I was good in Geography, Mathematics and English Language.  I loved the others and was above average in them.  I had a friend named Olumide, with whom I sat in class.  Both of us were brilliant.  If I came first in our examination, he would come second and vice versa.  We monopolized these positions.  Just like me, he loved playing football around the town.  We were inseparable.  Olumide’s mother sold akara (bean cakes) and fried yam.  We usually stayed with his mother any time she was selling.

Our stay with her was not just to sell; we also seized the opportunity to make some money for ourselves.  Whatever we got was usually spent buying bread and sugar.  Before going to play football, we would have soaked the bread into sugar solution.  To ensure that we had enough to eat, we kept this away from our playmates.  Once we finished playing, we would wait for others to go to their respective homes before bringing out our meal from where it was hidden.  Beyond this park, I was a rascal of some sort because I was very stubborn.  This earned me a nickname, Agidinke.

KSA...The Band Leader
The name came to existence when one day, despite my obstinacy, I cried. My classmates were so surprised because they had never seen me cry.  But I cried that day because someone wrongly accused me of a misdemeanor.  Out of surprise, a classmate shouted:  Alagidi nke’, (the stubborn cries!).  It was later contracted to ‘agidi nke’, I did not like the name, but I realized that if I protested it my mates would know I hated it and continue calling me that.  This was a lesson I was taught when I showed my resentment to ka je, my first nickname.

“I was not and the water kept washing me away until my head rose above the water at a far distance from where my friends were. I was in trouble and I needed to swim back to my friends as fast as I could.  But I could not because I did not know how to swim.  My friends waited for me to return and when I did not, they thought I had drowned.  One after the other, they fled in horror.  As they fled, they shouted: ‘Odo ti gbe Agidinke lo”

KSA....Fought heavily for his Career freedom and later wore big Agbada
Day I nearly got drowned…
I also liked showing off, a penchant that almost proved fatal one day I went swimming with my friends.  Our teachers had sent us to the bush to get palm fronds.  We made out as though we were going to do that, but headed for Gbodofon, stream in Osogbo.  On arrival at the stream, I dived into its deep end.  It was during the rainy season and the current was very strong.  Submerged, the current tossed me violently and washed me towards where my friends were.  My friends were safe because they were in the shallow end. Though they knew that I was in the stream, they could not see me and actually thought I was adept at underwater swimming.  I was not and the water kept washing me away until my head rose above the water at a far distance from where my friends were.

I was in trouble and I needed to swim back to my friends as fast as I could.  But I could not because I did not know how to swim.  My friends waited for me to return and when I did not, they thought I had drowned.  One after the other, they fled in horror.  As they fled, they shouted: ‘Odo ti gbe Agidinke lo’ (Agidinke had drowned).  Thankfully, I managed to get to a safe place and walked back to where I had leapt into the stream.

The Sunny Alade family
How mum found out my pranks…
I dared not tell my mother what happened; else I would have been beaten silly.  But she suspected that I got up to many silly things.  Sometimes, I got injured by falling off trees.  Each time this happened, I would have difficulty in walking.  If my mother asked what was wrong.  I gave her one of my numerous cover-up lines.  The most favored was to lie that I had fever and body pains.  My mother would go looking for local pain killers and anti-malaria concoctions.  Of course, these were not meant for leg injuries and would not work.

KSA...Mum lost him to Music as Dad raised Prayer in absentia (Dad inset)
Soon, my mother got wise.  She would wait until I was asleep, bring a lamp and begin to examine my body for probable injuries.  She discovered many by feeling all parts of my body.  If I had an injury anywhere, once that part of my body was pressed, I would scream and wake up.  That way, I got timely and adequate treatment for injuries that could have deformed me.  Despite my rascally ways, all my teachers loved me because I was a diligent pupil.  I won many prizes in sports and academics.  Most of them were gutted by a fire incident in our home in Oshogbo.

The Sunny Alade family
By the time I completed my primary school education; I had fallen in love with music and had taught myself how to play drums. Yet, music had to wait because I desired secondary education.  I was admitted into St. Charles Grammar School, Oshogbo, in 1960.  It seemed the beginning of some great educational attainment.  But indeed, it was the end.  After one term, I lost interest, because I had been exposed to the sweet music of Sunday Ariyo, who happened to be our neighbor”.

KSA...Made for Music for life
(Excerpts from the book; KSA: My Life, My Music by King Sunny Ade. Read ‘How KSA dumped classroom for club house’ tomorrow on this blog)

Gbenga Dan Asabe

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