List of 40 Popular School Rhymes Poems in Nigeria

This post contains a list of several nursery, pre-school and primary school rhymes, poems and songs that were sung and popular in most Nigerian schools several years ago.

The pre-school, nursery school and primary school days were a lot of fun for so many people when you look back and retrospect into the past. Some of the things that made it so much fun, were the numerous poems, rhymes and songs that were sung.

Every pupil had to memorize these songs, rehearse and say them on the assembly ground or in the class before the lesson takes off.

List of 40 Popular School Rhymes Poems in Nigeria

Below are the listing of the popular poems/rhymes/songs that were sung in most Nigerian schools. Going through the list, you can easily remember two or more songs you might have sung during the pre-secondary school days which is a bit nostalgic.

Other people might find these songs also interesting to introduce to their students, pupils or wards in the school.

Happy reading!!!:

List of Nigerian School Poems/Rhymes and Songs:

  1. Some have food but cannot eat,
    some can eat but have no food.
    We have food and we can eat.
    Glory be to thee o Lord. Amen
  2. Oh my home o my home
    when shall I see my home
    wen shall I see my native land
    I will never forget my home!
  3. Holiday is coming [2x]
    no more warning bells
    no more teachers cane.
    goodbye teachers, goodbye scholars
    I’m going 2 spend
    a jolly holiday [2x]
  4. The day is bright is bright and fair
    oh happy day, the day of joy
    The day is bright is bright and fair
    oh happy day, the day of joy
    mama jollof rice!
  5. Parents listen to your children
    we are the leaders of tomorrow
    try and pay our school fees
    and give us good education
  6. Sanda Lily, Sanda Lily3x
    Sanda Lily, Sanda Li
    Which is the way many of us were taught
  7. I am a teacher (lawyer, doctor, nurse) in my country
    Every body knows me well
    If you look me up and down you will see that its true!
  8. Rain rain go away
    come again another day
    Little children want to play
  9. h-i-p- for d hip
    p-o-p-o for d hipopo
    and t-a-m-u-s for the hippopotamus
    hippopotamus!
  10. All things bright and beautiful, all creature great and small
    all things bright and wonderful,
    the lord god made them all.
    He gave us eyes to see them
    And lips that we might tell
    He gave us “something” colors
    And made the mighty se eee
  11. 8 o’clock is d time for school
    don’t be late in d morning
    8 o’clock is for boys and girls
    come to school in the morning
  12. Now the day is over, night is drawing nigh,
    shadows of the evening, still across the skies
    Glory to the father, Glory to the son
    And to thee blessed spirit
    Whilst all ages run, Amen!
  13. Rivers in Africa are
    Rivers in Africa are
    Benue , Congo
    Orange, Limpopo
    Zabenzi
  14. Wherever you go (go go go n go)
    Wherever you see (sisi eko)
    Do not say yes, when you mean to say no(Baba Ibadan)
  15. Morning has broken
    like the 1st morning
    blackbirds have spoken
    like the 1st word
    Praise for the singing
    Praise for the morning
    Praise for the evening
    Fresh from the world
  16. Papa Mama school no dey,
    Wetin happen?
    Our teacher dey smoke garri for school
    Which kind garri?
    Ijebu garri
    cele wata
    Calabar Groundnut
    Ondo sugar
  17. Row Row Row your Boat
    Gently down the stream
    Merrily merrily merrily merrily
    Life is but a dream
  18. I am a little sailor boy that comes from the sea
    that comes from the sea just to marry you
    Oh will u marry marry marry
    will you marry me?
  19. Jack and Jill went up to a hill
    To fetch a pail of water
    jack fell down and broke his Leg
    And jill came tum b ling after(wonder what they really went to do up that hill)
  20. Old Rodger is dead and gone to his grave, hmm!!, haa!!, gone to his grave
    He planted an apple tree over his head, hmm!!, haa!!, over his head
    The apple grew ripe and ready to drop, hmm!!, haa!!, ready to drop
    There came an old woman to pick them all up, hmm!!, haa!!, pick them all up
    Old Rodger got up and gave her a knock, hmm!!, haa!!, gave her a knock
  21. Bojuboju o oh! Oloro m’bo! e para mo o oh!
    Se kin se
    Shee!! she she she she Shee!!
    E pere Mi Heey! Eni toloro ba mu
    a paaa je (A paa jee!!)
  22. My mother, who sat and watched my infant head
    when sleeping on my cradle bed
    and tears affectionately shed
    My Mother
    When pain and sickness makes me cry
    You gaze upon my heavy eye and pray to God that I shouldn’t die
    My Mother
  23. Tisha jowo, mo fe jegba temi
    nami lowo, mashe nami nidi, tidimi babe
    mape baba mi wa, baba mi, a ba e ja
  24. Pussy cat Pussy cat
    where have u been
    I’ve been to London
    to see the queen
    what did she she give you
    bread and butter
    where is mine
    up in the sky
    how can i get there
    climb a ladder
    if I fall
    I dont care
  25. Who is in d garden?
    A little fine girl
    can i come & see her no no no no
    follow me a little boy
  26. Solomon Groundi
    Born on monday
    Christianed on Tuesday
    Married on Wednesday
    took ill on Thursday
    worse on Friday
    died on Saturday
    buried on Sunday
    this is the end of Solomon Groundi
  27. Baa-Baa Black Sheep ( baa baa black sheep)
    have you any wool, yes sir, yes sir, three bag full
    One for the master, one for the dame
    And one for the little boy who lives down the
    lane
  28. Johnbull my son I sent you to school,
    you dont know how to spell your name
    J O H N BU double L you don’t know how to spell your name
  29. Mary Had a Little Lamb Mary had a little lamb
    (little lamb little lamb), Mary had a little lamb
    its fleece was white as snow
    and everywhere that Mary went, (Mary went Mary went)
    and everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go
    it followed her to school one day
  30. Paw paw is a type of fruit Lalala
    sweet like a sugar, yellow like fanta
    everybody loves pawpaw PAWPAW!
  31. London Bridge is falling down, Falling down,
    falling down, London Bridge is falling down, My
    fair Lady.
  32. One two buckle my shoe
    Three, four, knock at the door
    Five, six, pick up sticks
    Seven, eight, lay them straight
    Nine, ten, a big fat hen
  33. Two little black birds sitting on a wall,
    One named Peter, one named Paul.
    Fly away Peter, fly away Paul,
    Come back Peter, come back Paul!
    Twinkle twinkle little star
    how I wonder what you are
    up above the world so high
    like a diamond in the sky
  34. Thirty days hath September,
    April, June and November;
    All the rest have thirty one
    Except for February which has twenty eight!
    (And twenty nine each leap year)
  35. If you are happy and you know. Jump up
    If you happy and you know. Clap your hands
  36. I feel , I feel, I feel
    I feel like the morning sky
    i feel I feel I feel
    oh I feel like the morning sky
    lady shoo fly don’t bother me
    shoo fly don’t bother me
    shoo fly don’t bother
    because I belong to somebody
  37. Once I saw a little bird
    coming hop hop hop
    so I cried a little bird
    will u stop stop stop
    as I was going to the window
    to say how do u do
    then he shook his little tail
    and away he fleeeeew
  38. Little Bo peep has lost her sheep
    And doesn’t know where to find them
    Leave them alone and they’ll come home
    Bringing their tails behind them.
    Little Bo peep fell fast asleep
    And dreamt she heard them bleating
    But when she awoke, she found it a joke
    For they were all still fleeting.
    Then up she took her little crook
    Determined for to find them
  39. Mondays child is fair of face
    Tuesdays child is full of grace
    Wednesdays child is full of woe
    Thursdays child has far to go
    Fridays child is loving and giving
    Saturdays child works hard for his living
    And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
    Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay
  40. One two buckle my shoe
    Three, four, knock at the door
    Five, six, pick up sticks
    Seven, eight, lay them straight
    Nine, ten, a big fat hen
    Eleven, twelve, dig and delve
    Thirteen, fourteen, maids a-courting
    Fifteen, sixteen, maids in the kitchen
    Seventeen, eighteen, maids in waiting
    Nineteen, twenty, my plates empty
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