Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Madam Koi Koi: The legend of the dead teacher who haunts Nigerian secondary school students


  In Nigeria, there are several popular myths that have endured for many decades. Myths such as Queen of the Coast and Bush Babies are some of the most popular myths in Nigeria. They are legends told from generation to generation. 

One of such legends or myths is the legend of Madam Koi Koi. No one knows exactly when the story started but the story of a ghost female teacher with red high heels has haunted boarding schools
in Nigeria for decades.

Queen of the Coast sardines sold in Nigeria Queen of the Coast sardines sold in Nigeria

This is the legend of Madam Koi Koi. There are several stories but this is the most popular one. Once upon a time there was a beautiful teacher in a secondary school. She was known for her beauty and her red heels. Whenever she walked in the hallways her shoes will make one sound 'Koi Koi'. 

Madam Koin Koin's red shoes Madam Koin Koin's red shoes

It was also said she was very nasty to students and would beat them up for no given reason. You could say she was hated.
Legend has it that she was fired when she slapped a female student and injured her ear. On her journey back home, Madam Koi Koi was involved in an accident and died. Before she died she swore that she would have her revenge on the school and its students. 

Madam Koi Koi's shadow Madam Koi Koi's shadow

Not too long after, students of the secondary school said at night they would hear a 'Koi Koi' sound in the hallways of their dormitories after lights out, almost like the clicking of heels on a floor.
Till today this story persists. It is said Madam Koi Koi only comes out at night to haunt students. The stories have gone beyond one secondary school to other secondary schools in Nigeria.
Is there really a story about the ghost of a female teacher haunting students or is this a tale made up by teachers to discourage students from wandering during lights out?

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