summary of JAMB 2018 novel, last days at forcados high school, what is the jamb 2018 Novel,
This Novel- Last days at forcados high school by A.H Mohammed has been used by JAMB in recent years an now to be used by the direct entry candidates. A total understanding of this novel will see a candidate encompassing 25 marks easily. so it is necessary that candidates read and have a good knowledge of this book.
This Book, Last days at forcados high school centers on a high school teenager Jimi Solade, a very intelligent student of great charisma, His high school life, competitions and challenges, and how he got to meet Efua Cooker,The novel highlighted some adolescence challenges and teaches perseverance in the midst of adversities.
But first, Lets take a look at the characters:
Characters in Last Days At Forcados High School and their roles in the novel.
- Mr Mallum(The principal at forcados)
- Okoro(A Miserable bully at forcados)
- The Rhymers(a grup of 5 boiz with lyrics)
- Eze(Jimi’s competition in chemistry)
- Caro(Jimi’s Girlfriend)
- Mama silifat(snack seller at forcados)
- Nene Ekpo(Jimi and Ansa’s friend)
- Mrs Alli(a resident on balogun street)
- Femi(wole and jimi’s brother)
- Efua Coker(funmi’s daughter)
- Funmi(Efua’s Mother)
- Aunt Moni(Efua’s Aunt)
- Pastor Ekpo(Nene’s Father)
- Mrs Ekpo(Nene’s Mother)
- Jimi Solade(son of Mr Solade)
- Wole Solade(son of Mr Solade)
- Risikat(Househelp of solade’s family)
- Mr Kola Solade(Jimi’s Father)
- Mrs Kemi Solade(Jimi’s Motther)
- Uncle kazeem(Relative of Solade Family)
- Uncle Sola(Relative of the Solade family)
- Ansa Izaegbegbe(Jimi’s skoolmate/neighbour)
- Seyi Lawal(The Head Boy at Forcados)
- Mrs Obange(Principal at St.Catherines)
- Rat-Face(Wole’s friend at the bar)
- Hadiza(Efua’s friend at St.Catherines)
- Dodo(efua’s friend at St.Catherines)
- Mr Vann(physics teacher at forcados)
- Jolly Stephens(Big Boy at forcados)
- Bayo(Jimi’s school mate)
- Miss Agbenenovi(Corper asigned to forcados)
- Mr Salami(English teacher ar forcados)
- Joke(A student at Forcados)
- Jide(A student at forcados)
- Icheen Igbo(Jimi’s rival at the 100m race)
- Mr Edet(Chemistry Teacher at forcados)
- Samu(The ice cream bar owner)
- Aunt Memunat(Relative of solade family)
- Aunty Omotunde(Relative of Solade family)
- Ada(a student at forcados)
- Mrs Tanimoro(The guidance counsellor)
Mr ola Solade, Jimi’s father who never wanted Jimi to have anything to do with his “Bad” brother wole, sent Jimi on holidays at Ibadan. One morning, whilst Jimi was back from the holidays, he was shocked at the return of his brother wole to the house against the intentions of his father, although to the delight of his Mother, Mrs Kemi Solade.
On the start of the New school year and his finals, Jimi had vowed he would make it his best year academically. he was the health prefect. while in attendance of the prefects meeting at the principals office, He met intelligent and attractive Efua cooker, who came with her mother see the principal.
Funmi, Efua’s mother had brought her to lagos to leave with her aunt, Anty Moni. so that she could attend forcados high school. Efua was friend of Nene who later introduced her to Ansa and Jimi. Efua at first protested against the boys, had a tough first day in school partly being that most teachers felt she shouldn’t be allowed to join in at ss3. she missed her former school, Saint Catherine Abuja.
Jimi, looking for an opportunity to spend time with his brother, Wole, followed him to a strange location where alcohol, Indian hemp and prostitutes were a common sight. Jimi got upset when he ran home, after policemen stormed the joint, and discovered that Wole hid illegal drugs in his Jeans pocket.
Efua was nicknamed “The Witch” due to her unfriendliness. Even to Jimi at first.
Nene later talks to Efua about her unfriendliness, encouraged her to accept the advances of Jimi Solade, considering that Jimi’s attention to her had reduced since Efua arrived.
Agbenenovi (Miss Novi, a corper) was introduced to the school by the Vice principal.
The students had their Mid Term dinner. Jimi, Ansa, and Nene played active roles in the event’s planning. Jimi so much wanted to dance with Efua and in his desperation infuriated Efua the more when he bullied away little Jide who was already dancing with her and also accidentally spilled drinks on her.
Earlier, the new corper, Ms Novi, saved a fainted junior student by administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him. Ms Novi and Efua would later become friends.
Meanwhile, Efua’s rivalry with Jimi’s current and jealous girlfriend, Caro, was on the rise.
Towards the end of the term, there was Inter-House sports competition among the four houses in the school; Tiger, Lion, Cheetah, and Leopard.
There was Carol Night organized by Nene which Jimi took interest in on noticing Efua’s name on the Carol list.
Jimi won the 100 metres race for his house (Tiger), won the best athlete’s trophy, and a prize for the best exam result.
Efua was involved in several interesting community programmes introduced to her by Ms Novi. The principal openely commended her on her excellent results.
At the end of the term, the friends were all happy except Ansa who failed his first term exams and dreaded his mother’s rebuke who would most likely blame his failure on his paintings.
Jimi’ mother had fallen ill during the first term holidays. She opened up to Jimi that she had been diagnosed of ovarian cancer. She reassured him that she will get better and that their father truly loves his boys. Ansa and Nene together with their parents visited the hospital.
Jimi is worried that his wonderful life has turned around all too sudden.
The second term had started and Jimi is downcast as a result of his mother’s illness. His condition brought Efua, who has general tenderness for helpless beings, closer to him. That lightened Jimi’s mood and made him happy once again.
Jimi’s poor state of mind affected his performance in the football team.
His friends Ansa, Nene, and Efua had been supportive. Sometimes, they all accompany Jimi to visit his mother in the hospital.
Alas! Jimi’s mum gave up the ghost on a saturday morning after a heavy rain the night before. It was a terrible experience for Jimi who wished it could all be a lie.
The incident brought the whole Solade family and relatives together, and Efua much closer to Jimi.
Mr Solade embarked upon a 5-month-long journey out of the country leaving his sons behind. As soon as he left, Wole turned their apartment to a house of commotion, always hosting parties, and forcing Jimi into illicit drugs.
The situation at home affected Jimi’s concentration and performance in school. His friends decided to confront him. They all agreed that he should now stay with Ansa’s family.
Meanwhile, Nene was becoming increasingly jealous/concerned about Efua’s sudden relationship with Jimi.
Jimi is gradually getting over his mother’s death, thanks to his encouraging friends.
Nene had stumbled upon a somewhat “romantic” letter written by Efua and addressed to Ms Novi. She misinterpreted Efua’s relationship with Ms Novi and confided in Jimi.
The letter reads;
When you told me you were leaving, I cannot describe the utter blackness that enveloped me. I will not shy away from it any longer. I love you and I don’t care what people may say or think. My Erdoo, my Miss Novi, mine. Whenever we talk and hug each other I believe I’m in heaven. You are the most fascinating woman in the world.
Efua’s letter was leaked in school and she became a laughingstock. She and Ms Novi were summoned by the principal.
Following Ms Novi’s denials, the principal cautioned her, stating that she is familiar to her students more than is expected of a teacher. The principal then sent Efua home for the day and demanded to see her mother or guardian.
Before Efua left, she discovered the letter was made public through Jimi, though unintentional. Jimi made it clear to her that he had little or no regrets for the leaked letter. This is because he was angry and felt she had made a complete fool of him.
It was Jolly who photocopied and leaked Efua’s letter when he stumbled upon it, while illegally searching for assignment to copy, in Jimi’s locker. He was flogged publicly by the principal.
Efua’s mother meets with the principal and once again influenced his decision to not suspend Efua. At home, Efua’s mother severely scolded her, calling her a slut.
Efua was all alone, starving, having nightmares, and eventually fell ill. She ended up in the hospital after she passed out on the street while being attended to by a mad woman who called her “my daughter”.
Nene felt guilty of all that happened to Efua. Encouraged by her mother, she went to see Efua in the hospital where she apologized and confessed that it was out of jealousy that she told Jimi about the letter.
Efua also opened up to Nene. She told Nene her father died when she was 12 and her mother married her now step-father who sexually abused her. She sadly added that nobody believed her story, not even her mother. Nene promised to help her reintegrated in school.
Efua had also received get-well messages from her friends at her former school, St Catherine’s, and her former principal, Mrs Obange.
Jimi was swallowed in his thoughts. Nene was no longer talking to him. His most loyal friend, Ansa, had also disagreed with him on the way he treated Efua.
Wole told Jimi he had got into trouble selling drugs and his life was on the line. He had to run out of town with assistance from Jimi.
More troubles for Jimi as the Chemistry Lab he had a spare key to got burgled. It was later revealed that Wole Solade and some other boys were caught while trying to sell a stolen microscope and other Lab equipments. Wole had named Jimi an accomplice in the crime. Before long, the news spread round the school that Jimi, the school hero, was being questioned at the Police station over the Lab theft.
Earlier in the day, Jimi had apologized to Nene for his role in the leaked letter and also tried to make up with Efua.
Following Wole’s suggestion, Jimi lied that he assisted his brother with the robbery with hopes that his confession will persuade the principal to desist from pressing further charges thereby saving his brother from going to prison.
Jimi was punished in school. He wasn’t allowed to participate in any social activity, even after their WAEC exams.
The day he was made to publicly apologize to the whole school, Efua and Ansa stood up for him and made the principal and other students to know the truth. The principal eventually dropped all charges against Wole because he was sorry for him.
Jimi felt guilty Efua stood up for him in his time of trouble but he didn’t in hers, now she had left the country unannounced.
Most of the Final year students performed well when their results came out in October.
Nene was hoping to study accountancy, Ansa had planned to study architecture while Jimi had won a scholarship to study electrical engineering.
During a Valedictory service that held in July, Jimi won prizes in chemistry, physics and technical drawing. He also got a letter from Efua shortly after she left the country. In the letter, Efua confessed that she liked Jimi back but hinted that she had to sort out things inside herself first. She concluded by telling Jimi that what he did for his brother, Wole, was a sweet thing. This made Jimi very happy. It was a happy ending for all the friends.