Mrs Ekpenyong's Domestic Science Class
from my upbringing, the late Mrs Ekpenyong back then in Mary Hanney secondary school and Mrs Effiwat in Holy Child Convent in Calabar have great influence on how I tackle home chores. I don't aspire to be a domestic goddess and I’m not even sure what
it means however I keep my home neat and clean at all times. Home economics or domestic Science is the study of household skills where students are taught how to cook, sew, clean, make bed et al.
This was my least favourite class having gone through the rise and low of our parent’s voice to tidy up our rooms failing no pocket money. Indeed, this class was a reminder of home chores I would rather forget though later in
life appreciate its benefits.
‘Cleanliness is next to godliness’ __________ was Mrs Ekpenyong’s catchphrase in her monotone voice. My
great-aunt- Auntie Ballantyne (who lived in Ballantyne street) was also another great influence, authoritative and dogmatic figure, an old school with no nonsense attitude. Bath time couldn’t be more fun__she was never too far away from the bathroom……
bellowed……while we giggled no end!
‘dàrà dè mbom mbom ‘ (rinse your buttock!)
fàghà’ (wash your armpit)
‘jèd mmà (wash your vajay- mma was her nickname for vajay)
ndi kpuhò ibà oo’ (don’t forget to change your knickers!). Our knickers were mainly white colours.
Personal hygiene was drummed
to our ears relentlessly on daily basis though prudish and strait-laced____ too puritan yet these judicious and wise words shaped us children to be who we are today. Is domestic science or home economics where applicable included in the curriculum? Please
share your thoughts here.