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The Last Days at Forcados High School – Summary

By | On March 21, 2017 (4 months ago)

The Last Days at Forcados High School –
Summary the Last Days at Forcados High School by A.H. Mohammed
tells a fictional story of Jimi Solade, a very brilliant student of
the prestigious Forcados High School – His life with his best
friends, Ansa and Nene who are all in their final year in
secondary school. His relationship with the mysterious new girl
in class, Efua. His family troubles and determination to
succeed against all odds.
The novel highlighted some adolescence challenges and
teaches perseverance in the midst of adversities.
With the annual JAMB UTME in mind, we at Campus Portal
Nigeria decided to provide only a brief chapter by chapter
summary of The Last Days at Forcados High School. We
highlighted only the important points from the chapters that will
assist candidates to easily answer the exam questions. Read
below.

 
Chapter 1.
Jimi had just returned from a holiday in Ibadan. His father sent
him there on discovery that he had kept in touch with his rogue
brother, Wole, against the father’s instructions.
Jimi woke up at home to a surprise. His brother, Wole, who
had been banned from the house by their father, has returned.
Jimi and his mother, Kemi, were happy to have Wole back but
their highly temperamental and intolerable father, Kola, was not
keen to have him back.

 
Chapter 2.
First day of new school year at Forcados High School, Lagos.
Jimi re-unites with friends. Though worried by troubles at
home, he resolves it’s going to be his best year yet.
The school’s head boy, Seyi Lawal, invited Jimi who is the
health prefect to prefects’ meeting with the principal, Mr
Mallum,where they met a new girl, Efua, who came with her
mother to the principal’s office.
Chapter 3.
Efua Coker, a very attractive young girl, was brought to Lagos
by her flamboyant and carefree mother, Funmi, to stay with her
aunt, Moni, from where she could attend Forcados high school
and complete her final year in secondary school. Aunty Moni
introduced Efua to the devout Nene who in turn introduced her
to Ansa and Jimi but Efua was repulsive to the boys. She also
had a tough first day in school, dealing with the not-so-
welcoming teachers and nostalgia of her former school, St
Catherine’s, Abuja.
Efua’s mum influenced her admission into SS3 at Forcados
High where students are not usually admitted in senior class.
The teachers frowned at this because they felt new students
would lower the school’s usually excellent result.
Chapter 4.
Kola Solade had travelled after a bout of argument with his wife
over Wole when Jimi courageously jumped to his mother’s
defence which further infuriated his father, Kola.
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.
Chapter 5.
Efua rebuffed Jimi’s advances and a rather silly approach from
Jolly, a pompous arts student, who in turn threatened to deal
with her. Everybody in school disliked Efua for her
unfriendliness. They went ahead to nickname her “The Witch”.
Nene tried to talk to Efua about the seeming unfriendliness to
everybody but she snapped at her.
Chapter 6.
Efua visits Nene to apologies for snapping on her earlier in the
day at school. She meets Nene helping her mother out with
house chores as usual. Nene once again encouraged Efua to
be friends with Jimi. She would later have a re-think about her
suggestion to Efua considering that Jimi’s attention to her had
reduced since Efua arrived.
Chapter 7.
A young Youth Corper, Agbenenovi (Miss Novi) 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.
Chapter 8.
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.
Chapter 9.
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.
Chapter 10.
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.
Chapter 11.
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.
Chapter 12.
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.
Chapter 13.
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;
Dear Erdoo,
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.
Chapter 14.
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.
Chapter 15.
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”.
Chapter 16.
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.
Chapter 17.
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.
Chapter 18.
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.
Chapter 19.
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.
Chapter 20.
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.
Character Summary
Jimi(Akinjimi) Solade – The main character (hero) in the
novel. He can best be described as an all-rounder –
Academically sound, good at sport, good-looking, and
attractive to the girls.
Wole Solade – Jimi’s closest brother who had turned rogue,
expelled from 2 different schools, kicked out of the university
and severally drew the irk of his father, Kola, who referred to
him as good-for-nothing.
Mr Kola Solade – Jimi’s Father. A tall and well built man with
a bulging tummy who believes Wole is a bad influence to Jimi.
Mrs Kemi Solade – Jimi’s loving mother. A kind-hearted
woman who had been stressed by her children and her highly
temperamental husband, Kola.
Femi Kolade – Jimi’s oldest brother who lives in the United
Kingdom. Just like his father, he doesn’t want anything to do
with his other brother, Wole.
Ansa Izaegbebe – Jimi’s friend and next door neighbour. A
nerdy art genius who sees Jimi as his hero for being good at
so many things.
Nene Ekpo – Jimi and Ansa’s oldest friend. A devout christian
with great music voice.
Efua Coker – The new beautiful and mysterious girl in class
who had become cynosure of attraction for the boys, Jimi
inclusive.
Funmi Coker – Efua’s mother. A wealthy business woman who
rarely showed love to her daughter.
Mrs Moni Alli – Funmi Coker’s cousin and Efua’s aunt whom
she stayed with at Balogun street from where she attended
school at Forcados High.
Caro – The disdainful Jimi’s girlfriend before Efua came to
Forcados High. She was also the most popular girl in school.
Jolly Stephens – One of the novel’s antagonists. He was an
arts student and a stubborn big boy in the school.
Miss Agbenenovi – Youth corper serving in Lagos state. She
taught English at Forcados High school with Mr Salami.
Mr Mallum – Principal at Forcados High school. He never
addressed his students by their first name except Jimi, the day
Efua made him realize he hadn’t cared enough about his
students.
Mrs Tanimoro – The school’s guidance councillor who Efua
regularly met on the instructions of the principal when she first
arrived Forcados High school. Mrs Tanimoro was also in the
principal’s office with her mouth twisted in self-righteous horror
when Efua was being questioned over her suspicious letter to
Miss Novi.
Mr Vann – Physics teacher at Forcados High School. He was
fund of Jimi Solade.
Mr Salami – English teacher at Forcados High School.
Mr Edet – Chemistry teacher at Forcados High School.
Mr Bade – A teacher at Forcados High School who the
students nicknamed cane.
Okoro – The students called him gorilla-like Okoro, a miserable
bully.
Seyi Lawal – The head boy at Forcados High School.
Ada – The head girl at Forcados High School. She sourced for
the letter Efua allegedly wrote to Ms Novi and brought it to Mr
Mallum, the principal.
Eze – A bright student in an unspoken contest with Jimi over
chemistry result.
Joke – Efua’s new friend at Forcados High school who was
always interested in gossips. She was the first person to
inform Efua about her leaked letter in school.
Jide – The smallest boy in class. He danced with Efua during
the Mid-term Dinner.
Icheen Igbo – 100 metres race closest competitor to Jimi. He
took the second position during the Inter-house sports
competition.
Bayo – Another of Jimi’s friends at school who is a football
enthusiast.
Rhymers – A group of five boys who composed hip-hop lyrics
after school.
Mrs Obange – Efua’s principal at her former school, St
Catherine’s, Abuja.
Samu – Jimi’s family friend whose Ice cream bar provided
cover for Jimi and Efua during the Area boys – Police Fracas.
Dupe – One of Jimi’s ex-girlfriends as was jokingly revealed by
Samu.
Uncle Kazeem – Jimi’s closest uncle whom the family usually
called in times of trouble. He was the one who bailed Wole
when he was arrested for theft at Forcados High.
Uncle Shola – Jimi’s other uncle who was rarely called upon.
Risikat – Mrs Solade housemaid. She was the person who
informed Jimi that his mother had fainted.
Mama Silifat – Mama Silifat sold puff-puff and akara outside
the school premises. She is fond of Jimi whom she addressed
by his full name Akinjimi or omo mi (my child).
– Note: This is only a short summary of The Last Days at
Forcados High School. For an in-depth understanding of the
story, you are advised to read the novel.

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