Monday, March 12, 2007

Life in a song 2

“Holla Holla by Jah Rule” reminds me of a time of slight happiness in my last year of secondary school in Nigeria. It was so popular at the time and every guy in school knew the lyrics. It was somewhat amusing when they started trying to ‘holla’ at us…

The time of “Holla

Then I was one of the girls in school that a lot of guys wanted to be with… my classmates, my math and chemistry teachers.

I was the tall girl with the beautiful skin, cute smile and sad eyes… I guess in their own way, they all wanted to wipe away the sadness

Holla reminds me of the time when I was the only girl at the back of the class with all the ‘cool guys’... they sang and rapped and tried everything to take me from Jimmy.

Actually before Raul transferred to my school, his brother Ricardo liked me something terrible… he was a very handsome, rich kid and did just about everything to gain my attention. Almost every girl in my school liked Ricardo… and some of them were beautiful, worldly, rich girls with skin like buttermilk, summers in London, homes with swimming pools… but Raul wanted me. He sent a number of his friends to come and ‘holla’ at me … he actually made up a song that he sang(rapped?) every single time I walked past him be it 2 times or 12 times during the day… he made me smile… and started to grow on me. I don’t remember actually saying a word to him… he just liked me… I knew he liked me… and he knew that I knew he liked me… and for that time, it was enough. Then he transferred out of my school… before we had a chance to actually talk…

Then a few months later, his brother Raul transferred into my school… and a few weeks in began his campaign to date me. He wrote me poems, sent his friends to talk to me… did it himself a couple of times… was heartbroken when I told him I could not date him… he didn’t understand that I couldn’t invest the emotion and time for reasons I didn’t want to explain(my home situation). He never gave up… and after a while I just gave in… he was the second cutest guy in my entire school… just a beautiful beautiful soul.

A lot of girls didn’t like that he was with me… but never actually said anything… probably because back then I was in another world…my own world. In spite of the fun times at school, I was always conscious that I was going back home at the end of the school day to drudgery and misery. I wasn’t affected by their concerns… I didn’t know much affection then, and found pleasure in simple things. I didn’t need the expensive gifts and the cards and restaurants and concerts… all I needed was for him to smile and hug me… and all was right with my world. Besides, I wasn’t allowed to go to those places and see those things even if I wanted to. He was fascinated by me… as I was by him.

I was amazed that he wanted to date me when there were girls who would give him any and everything he wanted… I mean all we ever did was talk… and sometimes kiss and cuddle… except for the one day he touched my breast lightly through my shirt, we never went any further.



Holla
reminds me of Nnamdi… the very brash guy in my class who always acted the part of ‘native doctor’ in every school play. It reminds me of Nita who slept with all the big boys in our area… of Chioma, Ann and ‘sexy rat’… the ‘happening’ girls in school… who wore 3 inch stilettos to Saturday lessons when the rest of us were in ‘kito sandals’.

Holla reminds me of Raul’s corrupt younger sister Risa and the times we all stayed in class and made up new dances to hit songs. I wish I could see Raul again just to thank him for being there for me at a time when I really needed someone… the 8 or 9 months we had together were bliss!

HOLLA!!!

42 comments:

Jaycee said...

FIRSTTTTTT!!!! (I can't believe it...lollll)...lemme go back and even read the post sef.

Jaycee said...

ooooh I just realized I may not be first o...welcome to the world of "comment moderation" jaycee...apparently some people have been disturbing u...

Loll @ the holla post...Jimmy and Nnamdi!

BGT said...

Isnt it amazing...true love, first love and better yet, innocent love. I had someone just like that when i was in school...good times.

And its so funny, how certain songs, remind you of a certain period in life...

For me, Warren G's REGULATE and Bone Thugs, CROSS ROADS and Coolio's GANGSTAS PARADISE and Aladins WHOLE NEW WORLD remind me of boarding school...

Good times!

Waffarian said...

That part about Nnamdi the "native doctor" killed me! hahahahah! thats so true! There is always one "native doctor" in every schoolhahhahahah, and one person that speaks the "phone" parts

Confused Naija Girl said...

lol funny at jimmy and nnamdi! I remember that song, I loved it then hated it because they played it on radio so much even in the states.

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@Jaycee: Ah congratulations on being first angel… Today’s gift is fantastic.. my favourite new lotion… Cocoa Butter Vaseline Intensive Lotion… it smells absolutely divine!!! My dear… the comment moderation is a hassle but a necessary evil to prevent a greater evil oh… make people no carry witchcraft full my comment section. Lol… Nnamdi was the funniest dude in high school man… as in you have to see the dude to believe him… I mean even if them act glamour girls or boys for school… Nnamdi go act native doctor… play whey need native doctor or not… them go add part for Nnamdi… just so everybody could laugh… lol

@BGT: hmmm… I never quite thought of it as love… but I really did have something for that guy back then cos yes it was completely innocent. Isn’t it a beautiful thing? Yup… Holla isn’t a romantic song at all… but it just captures that period in my life cos that’s what everybody was ‘rapping’ at the time… I no even know these Warren G and Bone thug songs sha… I think I know a Coolio song but can’t remember which… lol… why do I have a feeling after reading this comment, everybody’s gonna tell me to go and brush up on my ‘rap history’… lol

@Waffarian: lol… this one was just a complete ‘native doctor’… as in his mannerisms… he was Igbo but grew up in Rivers state… so he could speak the most conc. of both languages… I mean just a sentence from him had the entire school in stitches. You know what was even funnier oh… Nnamdi actually wanted me to be his girlfriend… I mean imagine with the school’s native doctor oh… hehe… that would’ve been something sha

@Confused Naija Girl: Holla rocks oh confused… and because I have fond of that memories of that song and because I like you… I’m just going to ignore the part of your comment that came after ‘I loved holla’ because I will pick fight with you oh… Jah Rule… that sexy growl… yekpa… that was fire oh… that’s why sometimes 50 cent pisses me off for ruining Jah Rules rap career…

laspapi said...

holla, Storm

Anonymous said...

awwwww...hollla holla

Nosa said...

I can wax poetic about secondary school nostalgia like this because........I JUST GRADUATED. The only thing i miss is all the juniors i used to "brush" (beat up) when i was pissed and my ex who had a horrifying urge for the nasty.

Nosa said...

and i was in primary school when this song came out

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@Laspapi: Holla Back papi

@Anonymous: Holla at you too… feels a bit good doesn’t it?

@Nosa: lol… so you were punishing the poor juniors ehn Nosa. I just love this… you’re one of the few dudes I know who would call an ex’s urges… horrifying… I love it… lol. Ahh… young buck! I don’t know when it came out… but I know I was about 13 when it became popular where I was. The song definitely brings me fond memories.

snazzy said...

ja in his wannabe dmx days, though I suppose no one can help the songs that rocked when they were in high school. It's kinda funny that no one wanted to give you shit for not knowing bone thugs or warren g after you mentioned that people would. My friend, better go download the stuvvings instead of glorying in your ignorance. Nonsense.

Nyemoni said...

HOLLA! HOLLA! My God Overwhelmed, you're making me feel real old! Gosh! HOLLA was in when I was in the Year 3 in the Uni! He was tryna do Tupac meets DMX on us then...It was a cool song though! And Nosa was in Primary School then? Mien Gott!

mphae said...

ARGHHHHHHHH I TOTALLYY TOTALLY FEEL YOU, this song takes me wayyyyyy back, exactly to ss2!!!!!! kai thos days!

mphae said...

it's murderrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

LondonBuki said...

I sooo remember this song!!! I think I was already in England... infact I was!

My dear I don't have email access at work, I'll email you when I get home to let you know where I saw your pic.

Yosh said...

Hahahaha! You bring all the boys to the yard, ehn!?

I missed some sweet gist down there, but I'm gonna read up on them! :)

No mind those yeye girls with "Gardener's Daughter", it's a Mexican "soap" and I wonder where our TV stations get them from. It gets a good popn. of the whole nation glued to the screen when it's time for it. Reminds me of back in the days when it used to be this other Brazillian soap, "Secrets of the Sand" and yet s'more Mehicano stuff, "Wild Rose", "Lady of the Rose" et al. *Lol* I know cos back then I had sisters in the house who'd skip supper just for them to have a chance to watch the day's episode.

Sha, I'm surviving! :D

Be safe :)

londonnaijachic said...

lol! remembered that song all to well. Childhood sweethearts always have a way of staying with us forever.God knows were jimmy is now?

Noni Moss said...

""Holla Holla everybody that's ready to get ... Dollars Dollars ..."

Lolll - Ja Rule in his rough and ready days where everything in the video was just bouncing... :-D

Nice song though.

Africainement said...

Ohhh i feel you gal...man i'm telling u "the courting thang" back @ home is the best, to me our African dudes hold it down when it comes to courting...nice memories..fun times...well hopefully 1 day u & jummy may get a chance 2 holla @ each other even if it's just in passing..who knows:)....ahh the love thang....

Simply Gorgeous said...

You bring back some old memories. Let me ask you something who would you have dated between Jimmy and Willy? (smile)

Mari said...

Thats was a nice trip down memory lane and wow @ nosa still being in primary school. I feel old as well, lol.

Mr.Fineboy said...

Interesting blog!!! I'm still reading thru archives...nice!

zaiprincesa said...

lol..babes, why u dey use style style turn ja rule into a has been?? old school??.lol..im kiddin..but that was my jam sha....now ure making me reminisce.....

Poetic Justice said...

Holla reminds me of the first time I landed in the U.S and this guy at the airport was like "let me holla at you for a minute" I didn't understand what he said but that didn't matter cause a catcall is a catcall and it makes you wanna swish that ass abit more as you walk by especially if the guy is cute!

UnNaked Soul said...

i also played the native doctor in my school play oh... bloody hilarious shit... wicked!!!

hola at you boi girl *wink*

chika said...

i so love that song you know!its just crazy how it means different things to all of us.

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@snazzy: lol… me I just won’t take anything bad you say about my ‘jah’ oh… I wish say I fit slap 50 cent for taking this beautiful man’s music away from me… cos he almost lost me with his ‘clap back’ crap… but I still have hope… yes oh… lol… you for yarn us the one when you rock when you dey high school… I hope it’s not ‘sweet mother’ and ‘ray charles’… lmao… just kidding… no worry I will go and brush up on my ‘bone thugs’ and ‘warren g’ and come back here and wow you with some hardcore rap(I’m assuming that’s what they are…. Lol)… see how you’re encouraging me to do downloading instead of buying the cd ehn… snazzy… you no dey try for the recording industry oh… you no know say them self need to chop… ai snazzy oh… you no try at all… lol…

@Nyemoni: lol… please oh don’t feel old angel… But it’s true sha… Nosa was still in elementary school… that’s bloody jokes… Ja rule rocked back in the day oh… God bless that man… Holla!

@mphae: I miss you my angel… lol… ITS MURDER!!!

@LondonBuki: Ah… buki from London State… you have come again oh with your british stuff… and please don’t tell me you were trying to ‘holla’ in british accent… because I don’t want to hear that one oh… lol… abegi email me oh… so that I will know how to compose myself around you oh… let me not be deceiving people that I’m a cute girl when you know the real truth… lmao… I have some suspicion sha… but I wanra hear from uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu… ur work ppl no try sha… them no want make una dey relate… them for block blogging self… productive fools oshi

@Yosh: At that time I was oh… one cute small girl like that oh… my dear there’s too much to read up on… where have you been self? chasing girls who watch Mexican soaps abi… lol…

stuck in my throat o said...

nosa o,i feel old just cos of what you wrote o. i was sha in University then.
songs are for reminiscing...

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@Londonnaijachic: Yes oh… I will forever remember jimmy oh… I think he’d probably be in the states or somewhere ‘abroad’…Lord please oh don’t let me go back to Nigeria one day and this man not be the ‘jimmy’ I remember… cos if so… I’d rather not see him and always remember him the way he used to be oh

@Noni Moss: lol… “Come on, If you rollin' wit me Follow Follow… Its Murda” that was just the jam sha… I say my dear the video na just bikini galore… loves it! I hope you have updated your blog cos e don tey small sha mami… hope everything is everything on your end

@Africainement: Yes I agree… some guys back home know how to make a lady feel like a queen… just beautiful stuff… its funny how some stuff they did back then we might consider cheesy now… but man was it great at the time… I know I would like to see jimmy again cos he was just a beautiful beautiful human being

@Simply Gorgeous: lol… I did date Jimmy… I probably would’ve dated Willy but he left before we got a chance to really bond… and then Jimmy came along with his fine self and we just ‘got on’… Jimmy was my highschool sweet potato oh! Lol

@Mari: lol… when I heard Nosa say that, I felt better about my ‘ youngness’… mami I’ve missed you oh.. update now… e don tey sha… I hope you’re not being overworked oh… and say me hi to Nigerican…. I miss her too

@Mr Fineboy: thanks for loving the blog… I will now serenade you with my blog’s welcome song since its your first time… “Konko below… below… below… konko below”… lol… do you love it or do you love it? I’ll check out yours when I have a minute… take care… and your name self… confident henh?

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@zaiprincesa: lol… no oh… Jah rule is not a has been… ok let me honest… he’s a half one as in there’s still a chance of a come-back… I have hope oh…

@Poetic Justice: awwww… that’s so cute… what an entry into the states oh… must’ve just made you smile like dang this country is going to be fun if this is happening from the beginning… lol… oh and yes oh I know the swish the ass bit… hehe… cos I ‘does’ it too…

@Unnaked Soul: lol… I hope you’re not Nnamdi oh… I’m beginning to suspect you oh Mr Winkman… lol… convince me otherwise oh…

@Chika: It rocks doesn’t it… and you’re right.. it’s amazing the different memories about different places, songs… stuff like that… once again welcome to blogger… you rock!

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@Stuck in my throat: Wow I’m singing a lot today… as it’s your first time on my blog you get my special welcome song “Konko below… below.. below… konko below”… lol… Nosa is a youngbuck oh(makes me feel so much better… I love it when I’m older than one or two people… look at me talking about secondary school… and Nosa was still in elementary school… lol)

ziariz said...

nice work girl... i never actually had a first love... i had a major crush on some fellow like this in secondary school, i still remember him so well... Christopher Oyekanmi... i haven't seen him since and i wonder if he was a figment of my imagination...

Anonymous said...

Chineke nnamo(he he he I'm Rivers but I speak a little Ibo)...I am officailly old(sob). I've been in denial and deceiving myself that I'm a young babe as I still get all the attention. Meen reading this blog and comments is a reality check as the only songs I relate to are bgt's Warren G's regulate,Bone Thug's crossroads,gangstas paradise and a whole new world....but I was already in medical school when I was rocking those ones oh.

My High school songs were by Bobby Brown and MC Hammer(please try not to laugh.

OK I'm old. lemme stop wearing these jeans and go and buy Iro and Buba and start acting my age.

I love all genres of music and a lot of music reminds me of certain times in my life.

Big thanks to Jimmy for making OWNB feel special when she needed it

Bluntremi said...

LOL -
I remember Holla very well, I was still partying to it a few years ago and I wasnt in school either :)

Re: 50 cent and Jah Rule - he can not be blamed for that, I think that has more to do with the Legal woes with THE INC (formerly known as MURDER INC) than anything else. If your record label has issues, I doubt they will be pushing out a new album :(

Bluntremi said...

p.s. I dont feel old o..
I feel very priviledged :)
But when hearing songs like "chicken noodle soup" in the clubs now, you have to wonder -what was that???

Naija Vixen said...

LMAO...at the dude who was always a native doctor...i wonder what he is now *gazes into sky*...!!!

Through these eyes said...

Yes oh...Wetin dey happen? I dey like I no dey oh. Thanks for stopping by on my page, my dear. How now?

Ok, so i feel old like BGT because the reigning songs when i was in high school were "Weak" by SWV, "Regulate" by Warren G (a huge hit that got HEAVY radio play in Lagos) and Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio.

Holla! ;)

Uzo said...

I dont like Ja rule but this sonnnnnnnng was just so hot...

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@Ziariz: isn’t it amazing how we never really forget those ‘firsts’… no matter how much time has past… a figment of your imagination ke?

@Anonymous: lol… don’t worry about that mami… rock your jeans and your heels and party with the best of them… age is a state of mind jare… oh and I already love you oh… cos Rivers state in Nigeria is my home away from you… so you’re already my sister… yekpa… another Warren G and bone thugs fan… I dey go limewire kia kia! Lol… mc hammer… I think I was rocking that as a kid… hehe… mami please tell me you didn’t rock ‘hammer pants’… abi was that only a guy thing back then? Yes oh and thanks for thanking Jimmy for me oh… he rocks!!!

@Bluntremi: Holla was the shit oh… I’m glad you recognize… no I still blame mr. 50 oh… I want my jah back… the same one from the holla days… hehe… I thought it was only me that wasn’t feeling the ‘chicken noodle soup’ thing… and I heard they were actually nominated for a soul train award for that crap… it is to my utmost shame that even though I’ve never danced it at a club… I actually know the moves to this ‘chicken noodle soup with a soda on the side’… lets get it lets get it… lol… catchy… there’s that and then of course there’s BET!

@Naija Vixen: lol… I swear I would give my lunch and dinner tomorrow to find out the answer to that oh… hehe… I’ve been watching all Nigerian movies trying to find Nnamdi oh because I thought that was the line of work he’d get into… I just hope he’s not doing the real real native doctor oh… yekpa.. now you have me thinking oh vixen! Lol

@Through These Eyes: Heya I have missed you oh… dang… that swv I don’t think I know them except for one song… I get them mixed up with that group salt and pepper… but for some reason a song weak in the knees is coming to mind… maan… I’m backwards sha… I need to do a little more ‘music research’… this is where I can upon my Uzo and Soul.

@Uzo: Yes oh… Ja rule was hot back then… and please I think I need to reach you for music oh because I’m hearing some jams that were apparently ‘hot’ that I never even heard of in my entire life… something has to be done oh! lol

Diary of a Mad Soulful Sista said...

***walks in teary eyed, sceams "ITS MURRDERRRRR!!!!" and quietly exits***

UnNaked Soul said...

Nnamdi ke? maybe in my unNaked Precious Life.. lol