As Nigerian kids we have heard a lot of myths, here is a list of the top five.
These were no ordinary stories. They were myths and legends that we believed were true. You couldn't blame us. We were just young Nigerian kids who were eager to hear crazy stories.
Today, Pulse Gist goes down memory lane to revisit the top five myths we believed as kids.
This story has been told so many times that it nearly became a fact. As kids, we were told that Nigeria once played a friendly match with India at lost by an unbelievable margin 100-1. According to myth, the Indians played with juju and any time the Super Eagles had the ball it turned to a lion. 'They' told us that it was because of India's black magic that they were banned from football. We later grew up to know this was a big fat lie.
Our mothers and grandmothers warned us never to whistle at night because it attracted snakes. We held on to this scary myth for a while until we figured out it was a silly story meant to discourage kids from whistling at night.
We were told that anyone who walks over our legs will end up having kids who look just like us. This is a baffling one cos it really makes the least sense out of the five.
Another crazy myth is the one concerning beating a boy with a broom. According to what we were told, if you beat a boy with a broom it would shrink the size of his penis. As a remedy, if a boy has been beaten with a broom, he would have to beat by the same person seven times with a broom. Wow.
This myth is probably the most popular. Once in a while nature does freakish things like raining while the sun is out. The Nigerian explanation for this? A lion is giving birth.