Bush baby, Mammy Water and other Nigerian Mythical Characters every Child believed was real (PHOTOS)

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Did you grow up Nigeria? If you did, you’ll agree with me that is was a bucket full of fun. The childhood plays, pranks, stories and of course myths were always available to keep our naive minds intrigued. Nigerian myths were classics; they could take center stage of a conversation, holding everyone’s attention till thy kingdom comes. As kids that we were, we believed all of it and had room for more. The mythical characters were part of our lives and influenced our actions.

Here are 3 Nigerian Mythical Characters that Nigerians Kids believed were real

Miss Koi Koi

Miss Koi Koi

The name Miss Koi Koi sounds so funny to know that it’s a big fat lie. But as kids, we weren’t that smart to figure it out. In fact, the name made it scarier. Everyone dreaded seeing the infamous Miss Koi Koi.

“Koi Koi” is the symbolic sound made from walking in high heel shoes. Back in the day, red was the perfect colour for ladies’ shoes – every female had a pair or two. Children in boarding schools were more familiar with the “Miss Koi Koi” tale. It was believed that she sometimes paid unexpected visits to the hostels at night to terrorize students. At the sound of her “Koi Koi” shoes, everyone was advised to close their eyes and remain still to avoid being attacked.

Bush baby

Bush baby

A crying scary looking dwarf with a mat in hand – that’s what we were made to believe that the mythical bush baby character looked like. Abandoned by its parents, the bush baby was said to be constantly crying. The imaginary sound of her cries sent cold shivers down the body of kids.

Mythical bush baby was said to be homeless and wondering about. Whenever it was nightfall, it’d take shelter by the window of any house in sight, and continue to cry. If you chose to go outside out of curiosity, you might never be seen again. Children were compelled to mind their business especially at night.

Mammy Water

Mammy Water

The fear of Mammy Water was the beginning of wisdom for kids. An overly beautiful lady with a combination of human and fish features was the description of this Nigerian mythical character. From the marine world, she was said to be out on a mission to win souls for her kingdom in the sea – and if you weren’t careful, you’d be a victim. Lest I forget, she was said to have very long hair down to her waist.

Every strikingly beautiful lady was a suspect. As far as kids were concerned, she could be a Mammy Water. So they were better off not getting close to her out of fear of being taken to the marine kingdom.

Children are very impressionable. It’s amazing how believable myths can be to them. These myths were made up to entertain kids, but you can’t blame the little ones for taking them too seriously. The creators of these mythical characters must have very imaginative minds – don’t you think so?