Let’s face it, one way or the other we’ve all been told some scary myth that our parents deem to believe was real. Are those Nigerian myths real?

Well here are some myths you’ve heard from your parent or relative.


Nigerian Myths You've Probably Heard

The story of this folklore is commonly told in Nigerian boarding schools, now take note that in most Nigerian schools,
girls must have their hair in plaits/cornrows.
Anyway, the story goes like this;
“In this very school, some time ago, there was a girl whose hair was the finest, it was always beautifully made and very neat, but when asked who made her hair, the girl would reply and say it was a very shy and quiet friend of hers, well people got tired of asking and dropped the subject.

Until one night, one of her roommates woke up and let out a scream, there was the girl headless, plaiting her own head.”


As a child whenever I cry my mom tends to tell me stories about the bush baby just to keep me shut.

No matter how strong or brave you are, noises in the night can make anyone jump, especially if it’s the sound of a crying baby but before you run to help that baby, make sure it isn’t a bush baby.

The story goes like this:

“On a calm night, with the wind at a minimum, when you’re almost at that point of sweet sleep, you will hear crying from outside. It will sound like a baby or a toddler crying, sometimes the kid will be calling for help, now you being the good Samaritan goes outside to help the little one, and just as you reach the kid, he looks up at you with red eyes and a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth, you will never be seen again.

Some say, they kill and eat you right there, while others say they drag you down to hell.”


Madam koi koi is the most popular story told to all boarding school students.

One of the versions of madam koi koi goes like this:

A long time ago, there was a teacher who loved the color red, from head to toe this is all she ever wears, she was also a wicked woman who had a son.
Now, one day the children who she taught had enough of her, carrying her son, they beat him to the point of death, in the rush and struggle to save her son, she lost one leg of her shoes, angry with what had happened, she vowed to take revenge on those who killed her son.

To this day she walks the earth, looking for her son and lost shoe. She can enter rooms at the night, and if you ever hear her telltale sound, koi koi koi, you immediately close your eyes and don’t open them until the sound of her heel cannot be heard again. Unless? Well, death is all that awaits you.


The Story goes like this:

Many years ago in a community very close to the river, a great fish was sent by their gods to feed the entire community for days, Many people believe the fish tasted differently.

some parts of the fish tasted like beef, Turkey, and all sort of meat, fish, etc

But this miracle turned soar when the villagers became greedy and started storing the fish even when they were told to take what they could consume in a day.

The story ended with the gods getting angry and the great fish going back into the sea

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According to NigerianMyths, whistling at night is an invitation for the spirits to come knocking. 

One night, a wicked stepmother sent her stepdaughter to go and fetch water in the deep hours of the night.

Being hopeless and terrified, the stepdaughter who I’ll call Adaku had no option but to leave her house.

As the legend goes, Adaku was walking deeper and deeper into the village on her way into the stream and suddenly began whistling, perhaps mindlessly.

Legend has it that as Adaku whistled, she began hearing strange noises in the bushes which stopped every time she stopped whistling. Adaku being curious continued to whistle, and the noises in the bushes continued to grow.

Out of nowhere, legend has it that snakes, demons, evil apparitions, and dead corpses surrounded Adaku in a flash, and began whistling and hissing at her.

The story ends with Adaku never making it to the stream, and never returning home. Legend has it that somewhere in the bushes, Adaku still whistles with the demons and evil spirits which captured her, waiting to get their next whistling prey.


Have you ever found yourself just randomly dancing to nothing, but just dancing, happy with what you’re doing, well be careful and try to remember where you kept your shoes?

One of the lesser-known myths, the devils’ music goes like this.

If you scatter your shoes in the night before going to bed, when you wake up, your shoes will be beside your bed, if you put on those shoes you just might find yourself dancing to hell.

There’s honestly no way to know if your shoes have satanic dancing powers, all you have working for you is to try and remember where you kept them the night before.

Those are a few of many Nigerian myths we have. feel free to share in the comment below

By Savagemetro

Student of chemistry University of uyo..

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