The Shocking Slap Incident Involving Yvonne Nelson and a Headmaster
In her book, Yvonne Nelson shared various childhood and teenage memories, apart from the controversial aspects. One particular incident she highlighted occurred during her time at Aggrey Memorial Senior High School, where she faced numerous challenges adapting to boarding school life.
Yvonne recounted a distressing event when she received a resounding slap from the headmaster due to her appearance. Keeping one’s hair unkempt was considered an offense at the school, and this violation led to her unfortunate encounter. As a final year student, Yvonne explained that it was customary for students in that category to preserve their hair, allowing them to perm or braid it once they completed their studies.
The actress described the confrontation with her headmaster on her final day of school, after finishing all her WASSCE papers, as her most unforgettable memory from Aggrey Memorial. Recounting the incident, she said, “When it was time to leave, the headmaster gave me my worst memory of Aggrey Memorial. The day before my departure from school, he slapped me in a way I would never forget. My offense was that my hair was bushy. We were not allowed to wear our natural hair beyond a certain length. However, the final year girls couldn’t wait to have our hair permed or extended, so, in the final term, we preserved it. That was the offense which attracted my worst nightmare in the school.”
Yvonne also shared her experiences with unfavorable conditions as a boarding student. She mentioned the poor quality of food at Aggrey Memorial, specifically recalling a soup they nicknamed “moftoto,” which was either made from groundnut or palm nut. The soup was so diluted that one could see their reflection when looking into it. If left untouched, it would settle in layers, with water on top and other particles beneath. She grimaced at memories of the dining hall, mentioning instances where her friend found a toenail in his kenkey (a local dish), and another student discovered a cockroach wing in her food. Although unpleasant boarding school food stories were common, Aggrey Memorial seemed to have taken it to another level.
Yvonne also mentioned the challenges they faced with overcrowded toilet and bathing facilities, making it nearly impossible to maintain a clean and hygienic environment. Sometimes they had to resort to bathing outside, and to avoid smelling like the toilet, they came up with a term called “take away,” which meant using alternative methods to freshen up.