Hi guys. So my colleagues and I were having a conversation which went full on African horror story. Well not quite like a typical horror story, maybe more like one of the very many superstitious things we unknowingly believed or did.
To be honest, you are not African if you did not experience, do or had to sit through one of the very many lies and superstitions we heard growing up African.
I for one, am a Ghanaian who grew up in Nigeria in the 90s. So I did not quite get or relate with the “gist”. You should have seen my colleagues as they elatedly chipped in their experiences. Let us call this one “The Broom Effect”.
So here is the gist. One of my colleagues told us she would often put a piece of broken broom stick in her hair (see above image) whenever she had to take a whooping/beating from her parents, and like magic, somehow, the whooping never happened.
I do not know if the broom had magical powers because a number of my other colleagues confirmed the story. Interestingly, no one knows the logic behind this. Like, how will an African parent suddenly change their mind about beating some sense into you (God bless our parents for this, btw).
Did it have a bit of mysticism, or did our loving parents just let that one slide because there was an unsaid rule behind it. Like a broom-code? When I see the broom, I will pass over you?
I just find it very spooky and the story reeks of mild hypnotism; but hey, tell me what you think. Did you ever try the broom trick? Did it work? What other interesting stories do you have from your childhood? Please share.