TALES OF OPRE

ENTERTAINMENT

Every society or institution has something that it thrives in or peculiar to them and same is to be mentioned of Presec Osu. Entertainment is one of the aspects of  school life which can’t be overlooked. As the popular adage goes”  all work and no play…”.

It is in this respect that the school puts in measures so it’s students can use the opportunity to identify, nurture and develop their abilities. Entertainment are in various forms at OPRE, from the school choir to the drama club,cultural troop, street dancers, rappers,comedians, magicians and clowns as well.

In all these categories, there were individuals who did well and are still excelling.

THE SCHOOL CHOIR
The school choir has been amazing and vibrant since its inception and has produced lots of great musicians. The school choir is something special to talk about when looking at the prospects of the school. It has been participating in various activities both within and outside the school. Its renowned for been the best and most preferable school in the Greater Accra region and the nation at large in terms of traditional and contemporary choral music and has won many laurels for the school. It has also shot the name of the town Osu to be recognised as the home of choral music in the region.  It’s been through several transformational periods under the leadership of Mr. Oko Ofori, Mr. Okai, Mr. Adzei-Holm,Mr. Adentwewaa ,Nana Forson, Mr. Amakye, Mr.Asamoah and other people as well.

The school choir has produced and continues to produce great singers like Adotey Mingle,Samuel Nsiah,Dorothy Tagoe,Joseph Quaynor, Augustus Marmah, Samuel Cleland, Jonathan Tetteh, Eleanor Annor, Beatrice Nunno ,Abigal Gablah,Anthony Dumenyo,Peter Abbey, Patience Addo, Elikem, Comfort Tawiah, Richmond Norteye Yebuah,  Emmanuel Ankamah and John Forde, Martha of the HarmoniousChorale,Michael Ako Adjei and Patience Addo. The choir has an album to its name.

THE DRAMA CLUB
This drama club was made up of students with the zeal,tenacity and passion for acting. This group was so amazing and garnished  with horizons of talents likes  Abraham Borketey, Phyllis Kissie, Eugene Dovlo, Reinhard, Beatrice and Theresa Odoteye, Priscilla Anum Noi, Cynthia Tetteh, Jennifer Takyi,Moses Tsama, MJ,Emmanuel Mensah,Phyllis, Kassim who were outstanding. Their hard work earned them fame and laurels for the school.

 They famously known for winning the Anase Drama competition with several of them winning individual awards respectively. It must also be acknowledged that, these students were under the indispensable tutelage of some teachers like Ms. Agbeme, Ms. Dowetin and other generous old students who contributed enormously to their development.

THE SINGERS
We also had the likes Andrews Armah(Mola), Eleazer Asante(Akrantie),Prince Amertepey(Asomdwe dompe), Yoku  Fergurson,Sampson  Obuamah Tetteh,Isaac Annan(Natural Marley),Lil kid,Young stuna,Elijah Botwe(Breezy) who were very talented in  rap music and Phyllis the only female rapper amongst them. They always entertained the school whenever the  platform was at their disposal. Some have moved on to develop their talents and others are also pursuing other lucrative avenues to build a bright and better future. Juliana Okoe  was an incredible dancer for the school. A huge talent she was.

There were a host of entertaining activities like the DramaFest, Homecoming bash,Freshers Day and other activities.

Memories of OPRE always brings to us nostalgic feelings . We love OPRE.

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OUR HEROES

The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them to ask him which he finds it hard to answer.
-Alice Wellington Rollins

A teacher takes a HAND,opens a MIND, touches a HEART. The best part of everyone’s life is to remember the hands that helped in their upbringing and this includes golden people like our teachers. Even though we had tough times with them, we cannot dispute the good seeds that they tirelessly planted on our thorny and rocky hearts as young as we were then.

Some were mothers,fathers and others were brothers and sisters. Some were friends others were treasures, all and sundry impacting greatly in our lives.

To be frank there were interesting characters we had as teachers,some were good and others were too good with the canes. A day without caning was a sacred day. We had the likes of Mr. Agbosege, Mr. Amoah,Mr. Awuku, Mr.Amakye, Aunty Bea, Nana  Forson, Mr.Sowah,Mr. Kotey and others who were good at two things.

First,they were good with teaching and made sure their students were tooo good to be students. The other was that they could cane the devil out of you. Their canes were special in our lives. It helped shaped our lives. There was a lady from one of the business class,who persistently and consciously made sure she collapsed whenever she was to be caned,that was her way to escape.

There were some teachers who made us laugh all the time either by their demanour our acts. Such were Mr. Ohemeng, Agbesi,Joe Regge, Asare, Mrs . Agyeman, Mr. Okai. You could always expect to have a glimpse of laughter whenever you meet them.

Mr. Okai,the then music teacher was really smart with his dressing.  He made sure his trousers were beyond his waist with his buttocks shaking like a woman whenever he walked. He was funny in nature. He together with Mr. Amakye, Nana Forson and Mr. Asamoah helped the choir’s renaissance.

We had the mothers like, Miss Lartey, Ocansey, Quansah, Adike Lawer, Aneh, Acolatse, Akumeh who played different roles in people’s lives.

Another incredible staff member we had in the school was the late Mrs. Wellington a.k.a Signm). Every student who went to OPRE came into contact with this amazing woman. She was the store keeper and stock distributor who incessantly insisted that students signed against their names whenever they went to collect their books, uniforms or anything that had to do with her office,which earned her the nickname Signm). She was friendly and amiable to all students and other staff members. May her soul perfectly rest in God’s bosom.

Mr. Botwe! A short,fine grown man with admirable moustache who made sure his students never kept their beards or moustache like his. He was a thorn in the flesh of many students. He was very good at seizing unprescribed uniforms, shoes,belts,wrist bands and most importantly mobile phones. He could sniff,smell and identify if a student was having a phone. He was also our senior supervisor during examinations. You could hardly sneak something into the exams hall.

Rev. Wellington was that cool teacher who always loved to be in the biology laboratory and you hardly find outside the school compound.

There were also some teachers who always sent students on errands never bothering if they had classes or not either to the bank,market, to buy food for them.

We had the English experts like Ms. Dowetin, Agbeme,Mr. Nat Amoah,Ms. Moncar who prepared the debate team for competitions and Mr.Otu our funny P.E teacher who chased us to P.E always.

Miss. Aba Quainoor a.k.a Cadet madam was another wonderful character. She was the backbone of the Cadet and typing students who always made noise with typewriters. Miss Ala Adjetey-Din, another hardworking Oposan counterpart of Ms. Aba Quainoor.

There were two wonderful women who steered the affairs of the school. Ms. Adjetey and Ms. Osei. This combination was awesome. Each one of them had their special weapons which they used very well. Ms. Osei was the literature teacher and could missile words to conquer a student. “Look at your crooked nose”,was her popular phrase. The literature students always testified to scoring James Bond numbers in their exams like OO2, 003, 007,001. How?

Ms. Adjetey being a Ga teacher manipulated her language so well that they they could straighten a crooked spine. These two were hardworking and brought the best from their students.

Ms. D. D. O Welbeck a.k.a Kyeeiwaa was an outstanding and  successful head teacher you could hardly find. Rooted and adherent  to the values and principles of discipline irrespective of who mattered. She always kept the ball rolling at all times,ensuring that both students and teachers were performing satisfactorily.

She knew every student by his or her name and her passion and drive for extra curricula activities were irresistible and incessant. The school choir was her identity,the drama club her fashion and sports her life. She loved and supported every activity under her auspices.

This cannot end without mentioning the likes of D3d33d3,Jona a.k.a Carpiee,  and Mr. Antwi.  These three  have been working with the school for many years and still counting. Mr. Antwi was our horticulturist who beautified the flowers and trees to suit the landmark of the school. D3d33d3 was our gate man who did his work with dedication and diligence. He was very friendly to all students, but was the one that bared students who hadn’t paid their school fees from entering the school.Carpiee,the school’s carpenter and boyfriend to all the girls.

All these people and others are like golden petals in our hearts like the daffodils. We will cherish them always. Oh life brings to us unforgettable memories.

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SPORTS – INTERCO
Gone where the day when Mr. Johnson,Kofi Yesu, Mr. Ankamah,the professional P.E  teachers  who masterminded the success of the school in terms of sporting activities. From athletics to soccer, hockey to cross country. Presec Osu excelled in them all and we had great heroes and heroines. But behind these successes,there were interesting stories surrounding them.

It was  in the middle of the term when, Kofi Yesu called for preparations towards the upcoming InterCo. This time it was soccer,volley ball,hockey,table tennis, basketball. As usual, you will see the likes of Pius Owusu, Odai, Ahmed, Andrew (Gaucho),Coleman(Guns), Wellington Daniel the other footballers making up the team for school. Odai was a professional goalkeeper who plied his trades with Liberty professional, one of Ghana’s top team and happened to be sponsored to watch the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Even though we had a great squad,we couldn’t rock horns with the likes of La Presec, Teshie Presec and Kinbu, who had fantastic players. The team that we were at par with most at times were Labone, St. Thomas Aquinas and O’reiley.

On the other hand we performed brilliantly in terms of handball with the likes of Samuel Newton, Kassim, Dellor, Bezoe. For the girls division we had the likes of Keziah Danquah,who was an all rounder in all sporting  activities. She could play handball,hockey,football and volley ball.

Hockey was fun amongst all sporting events at OPRE. We had great talents who marvelled and showcased our school in the whole  country. At the mention of Hockey,all schools kowtowed to  us. We have been great in this field since the late 1970’s with the likes of Mr. Lomotey who played for the national team on several occasions and later on became a teacher and helped groomed players for subsequent years. OPRE happened to produce players at all levels for the national hockey  teams,both male and female categories.

Johny Botsio and Emmanuel Akaba were the fame of the school. They were already playing in the junior national teams and Johnny was voted the best and top scorer in Africa.  He was also adjudged the promising star of the year during the SWAG awards in 2011. 

Akaba was an excellent player as well. Both Akaba and Botsio mesmerising to watch.We also had the likes of Dj Kple, Gideon Ashley, Emmanuel Obeng, Theophilus Ofosu Manu, Gerrard Amarteifio and Keziah Danquah. This was the sports that Miss. Welbeck a.k.a Kyeewaa loved so much and she play as well.

Percy Peprah, Adiza Mohammed and Esther were fans of table tennis.

In athletics,there was only one person amongst others who was outstanding and remains in the history books of OPRE, he is called Kenya. Kenya a was a top long distance runner in the country with his counterpart Ethiopia from Chemu Secondary school. They were both brilliant and thrilling to watch during InterCo. Their raced like cheetahs, with their hearts never stopping to beat.

I remember vividly how students were caned to pay their house dues or tickets for InterCo. You will see Mr. Johnson bullying students and squeezing monies out of their pockets,braziers, shoes and bags to pay. It was really fun.

On the day of InterCo , you will see Dorothy, Mercy,Kofi Annan,Priscilla Noi,Tea bread and bounce bread,Midoley,Okla,  Ankamah, Augustus, Quaynor, Cleland, Phyllis, Samantha, Regina Cudjoe, Seth Opoku,Akanlo,Clement, Clara,Mavis,Dorcas Manortey,Abigail Yeboah and others all in their track suits trekking to El wak to witness the games. One amazing thing that the  guys of OPRE did was to come all way to Daavi’s place to eat z)z) before they set off for El wak irrespective of their houses.

El wak was a special place for most students from different schools. It was the place where boyfriends met girlfriends, students wore skinny or short dresses,dance battles were held,and ‘ jama’ took place.

It was on one of these occasions when I met my adororable friend, Beatrice Provecal from Accra Girls. It was fun that day as I spent almost the day walking and chatting with her and other friends.

It was really a time to meet old friends and make new ones. During this time you will see the OPRE ladies hanging on to the Aquinas and Labone boys. It was always a dream to meet the Labone girls. They were immaculate and splendid in their dressing,indeed admirable. You couldn’t locate a spot in their white shirts nor their long white socks with short skirts,with some of their guys acting girlish.

Do you also know that some girls depended on InterCo to visit their boyfriends at their houses or go on a shopping spree at Makola or circle?

These tales will never be forgotten.

Continues later

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FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL

It was on the 14th October, 2008,one beautiful morning, a day that marked the beginning of stardom and doomdom for students who had qualified to the senior secondary school to further their education. A memorable and a special day for those who had gotten admissions to the renowned schools in the country like Achimota, Mfantsepim, Holy Child,Accra Academy, St. Thomas Aquinas, Krobo Girls,Wesley Girls and the rests.  Whilst people like Ahmed,Botsio, Adiza, Cleland, Eleazer, Dorothy, Mercy,Quaynor(Sasco Rat),Black Jesus and Kumi,the most darkest in colour had also secured admission to no other school than the Presbyterian Senior High School, Osu.

That eventful morning, Charles woke up earlier than the  usual,it was going to be his first day in school. He did all his house chores and quickly left home for school. The school wasn’t far away from his house,just a kilometre walk, but he had never stepped his feet on the compounds of the school until that very day. He had heard how stern and jovial the security personnel(D3d33d3) is. How the head academic was, gigantic and disciplined.

He met a fleet of students on the school compound, tidying it with all seriousness, with strict supervision by the seniors on duty.’Ee boy come and get a broom before the unexpected happens to you on your first day’, It was Kple,the senior on duty from the visual arts department.

Charles quickly did as was said. In the course  of cleaning the compound, the siren rang. The tune of the siren was very familiar to him that he could sing the solfa of it. It was time for Form Day.

In accordance to the tradition of the school,every Tuesday was put aside for meetings between the students and their Form masters or mistresses. It was a time to share ideas and pour out their grievances  in order for them to be addressed by the school authorities.

Cleland quickly went to his class, General Arts B. Other students were already in,some in their big school uniforms and others in unprescribed attires. Cleland  was very slim but cute,with deep dimples on his cheeks. His white and blue black uniform was a big as you can think. He was very small in them. The school uniform had been named “Kyeewaa martenity gown”, because no matter how shapeful you were,you could just not be identified. It’s that uniform that displaces your natural beauty.

Mr. Sackey a.k.a Joe Regge, the Form master for General Arts B arrived in the class and took his seat.
“Good morning, you are welcome to OPRE, the school which is famous for discipline and hard work.  Before we start with today’s meeting, I want one of you to say a word of prayer. You fair lady what’s your name?”

“Sir please am called Dorothy “. “Okay play for us”, Joe Regge said. “Sir please what did you say?”
“Herr I said play for us”. All the students laughed their hearts out. “Quite, he said to prompt them from laughing.

Joe Regge had the problem of pronouncing the alphabets  (L &R),it’s something associated with the Alan.

,Joe Regge opened the floor for recital of memory verses,after Dorothy  had finished praying.Dorothy was one of the students in unprescribed attire. She wore a blue check attire with her hair well combed .It was  then the Scripture scholars stood up with the likes of Mercy, Dorothy,Ruby,Isaac, Bright and Benjamin. They all recited their verses well and then the meeting formally started.

Dorothy was very fair and beautiful,with a tiny sweet voice. She was very attractive to all the boys in the class and almost all of them found themselves around her. Cleland was amongst those people.

Normal school activities continued after the Form day.
Soon afterwards, Miss Adjetey a.k.a Manchester entered the class and caught some students shouting on top of their voices. It was Prince and Vincent. She quickly gave them some strokes of cane. Vincent couldn’t sit on the desk after receiving the lashes. Cleland  and Joseph laughed at them.

First day at OPRE wasn’t that memorable, as expected by all the form 1’s . This was because the Form 3 students were bullying the the Ninos. Poor Benjamin was asked  to kneel down because he refused to buy z)z)(beans) for one of his seniors who wasn’t having money that day.

Unfortunately for Benjamin, Mr. Amoah saw him kneeling down and perceived he had done something bad. He quickly asked for a cane and gave him some lashes.
“I will give you six thousand(6000)”. That was his favourite phrase he quoted whenever  he had to cane someone.

To be continued later………………..

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ATTA LARYEA

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ATTA LARYEA

EPISODE 5 -Finale

“A special world for you and me
A special bond one cannot see
It wraps us up in its cocoon
And holds us fiercely in its womb.

Its fingers spread like fine spun gold
Gently nestling us to the fold
Like silken thread it holds us fast
Bonds like this are meant to last.

And though at times a thread may break
A new one forms in its wake
To bind us closer and keep us strong
In a special world, where we belong.” Atta Laryea recited Sheelagh Lennon’s poem to Naa.

This seemed to be too much for her,as she kissed him on his lips.

“Atta Laryea I’m about to tell you something which you will find difficult to believe, but I crave your honest understanding not to have any bad perception about me. Would you mind if I call you just Unco Laryea?,”
She asked.

“Naa please feel free to tell me anything because nothing will change what I feel for you. You can call me whatever you want to, my dear”, for me it seems we are to be in love with each other, Atta Laryea replied.

“Unco I just want you to know that am in love with you.  I know it’s strange but I have never felt anything of such as I do now, even though my parents really love me. I wished we had met long ago, but things always happen on their own, however, I can’t hide my feelings for you.

I only have a couple of days to left on my calendar, and then I will vacate this world. “

Atta Laryea’s face changed upon hearing her last statement.
“What are you talking about Naa?, I don’t understand, please explain yourself further. Why are you vacating this world?” He asked curiously.

“Unco Laryea, what you are about hearing will tear you apart. I’m HIV POSITIVE “

“Eei, how did you get it, were you born with it or you were infected through unprotected sex? Please tell me, my heart aches so much, don’t do this to me. Am in love with you dearly”, Atta Laryea asked, sobbing.

“Atta Laryea, if you love me then please calm down and listen to me. This is the best thing we can do to shield the love we have for each other.

When I was in Form four, I had an accident on my way home from school, it was a terrible one, but I managed to survive with minor injuries. My driver was terribly injured and I offered to help drag him out of the car as there were no people around at that time.  Unknowing to me, he had the HIV virus, which got transferred to me as I tried pulling him out. His blood spilled on my injured leg which has resulted in this”.

Naa couldn’t control her tears as she narrated it. Atta Laryea, on the other hand, was so shocked by what he had heard. After a couple of minutes of silence, Atta Laryea stood up, reached out into his pocket for his handkerchief, and wiped away the tears on Naa’s face.

“Naa my dear, you need not worry or cry again. It was through an accident which you unfortunately got infected. I want you to have a change of attitude and emotions henceforth, because, I am going to be with you through this till the very end.

Moreover, there are many people who have the virus but are living healthy. Truly, I wouldn’t have known that you had the virus if you hadn’t told me. You look healthy and i hope you continue to remain the same, because I want you to be a living example and motivation to other people who are infected with the virus. Please I know you need love in this situation and that’s exactly what I’m about to offer you from today, unconditionally. “

Naa was startled to hear this from Atta Laryea. This made her so happy and brought confidence into her being. Soon afterwards, Naa and Atta Laryea’s parents arrived with food and fruit juices.  They were happy to see Atta Laryea and Naa together.

After some time of laughter and cracking of jokes, Naa called for their attention.

“Our dear parents, we have something to share with you, but that will be done by my sweetheart, Unco Laryea, as Atta Laryea stood up smiling.

“I am happy to announce to you that I would want to be with Naa all my life irrespective of her condition. I am deeply in love with her and she also loves me more. Even though this sounds strange to you, we only plead for your understanding. I want us to be a difference in our society. We need to let them know that people with HIV/AIDS can have better lives. They can fulfill their potentials, and that’s what I have agreed to do, to show Naa the love she needs, in order to have a normal life. These people deserve a better life”. Atta Laryea said.

Their parents begun to clap at the speech they had just heard from Atta Laryea . It seemed both Atta Laryea’s parents knew about Naa’s condition as they embraced each other.

So many things had just happened in just a day. Everyone was happy.

As they were in the ward,  Nii Yemo, Atta Laryea’s younger brother and Naa MoMo,Naa’s sister entered holding hands together. It was really a family love affair. Everyone was so much happy. Destiny had brought them together.

Atta Laryea and Naa got married later, and started a foundation to promote education on HIV / AIDS nationwide. Atta Laryea and Naa happily lived together and gave birth to three beautiful and healthy children.

THE END…

LET’S SHOW LOVE AND COMPASSION TO PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV AIDS

Thanks to all my wonderful readers.

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ATTA LARYEA

 

Episode 4

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‘ Where are you coming from Atta Laryea? Where and what have you been up to?  Tell me before I give you a resounding slap on both sides of your face! Have you forgotten your manners? How can you direspectfully leave the house without informing us, your parents? You must be very careful ooo!’ Aunty Caro said exasperated.

 ‘Mom calm down, I haven’t done anything bad except that I forgot to inform you of my whereabouts. I’m sorry for that,besides I saved the life of a precious person not long ago. I think you will be more grateful when you get to know what am talking about’, Atta Laryea said and leaving to his room.

‘My son come here!  Whose life did you save?’,she asked curiously. Mom it’s Naa, your friend, Mrs. Nortey’s daughter. She was involved in accident on her way to ermm  ermm….’. Stop the erm erm, on her  way to where?, His mom inquired with a straight face.
‘Mom I invited her to come and share my jollof with me’,he said, turning his face away from his mother.

‘Chef Laryea, have you prepared any jollof that you invited someone to come eat with you, not to mention, my friend’s daughter. You should have told me, I would have  put some on fire for her? But I hope she is fine now?’

Meanwhile Atta Laryea’s father and his brother were laughing at them, especially the jollof part,”Chef Laryea”.

Aunty Caro took her phone and called Mrs. Nortey to extend her support to the family. Both of them had been good friends since they joined the Osu Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, but have been distanced for some time now. Mrs. Nortey was quick to thank and acknowledge what Atta Laryea had done for her daughter.

Atta Laryea was very tired and needed to have enough rest before he returns to the hospital once again to seek the welfare of Naa. As he was sleeping, he dreamt again. This time, he was on the bed side of Naa, singing to her. Naa was so happy as she attentively enjoyed Atta Laryea’s voice,that magical voice that had attracted her to him.

Atta Laryea woke up after sleeping for close to an hour, this time there was no interruption from anyone. He really enjoyed this dream,and purposed to replicate it in reality when he gets to the hospital. He went the bathroom and planned to rehearse song to sing for Naa as he bathed. ‘Should I sing “I need Thee every hour” or “When morning gildes the sky?”-He contemplated. This was so interesting.
 
 Unknown to him, his mom had bought some fruits and packed them nicely in a basket to be sent to Naa.
When Atta Laryea was done,he went to the sitting room and sought for permission from his dad, who delightfully permitted him.
There was something strange about his dad,as he seemed to be smiling all the time. Or was it that he was happy with the heroics of his son? Only God knows.

 “Unco Laryea, please come and take the fruits and give them to my “shayoo”. This made all of them burst into laughter. Atta Laryea then set off to the hospital.

When he got there,Naa’s parents hadn’t arrived yet, so he  sought the permission of the nurse on duty who took him to Naa’s ward. Naa was still asleep, but Atta Laryea  was allowed to sit by her bed side.

He began to sing solemnly , immediately the nurse left the ward. The sound of his voice woke Naa, who smiled and looked into Atta Laryea’s eyes. She then held his hand gently and smoothed them whiles he continued  singing.

To be continued  later……. Episode 5

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