Please note: this blog post contain pidgin language. For my foreign readers, please don’t get annoyed 🙏.Thanks.
Hmm…. everyone has an experience to share during their 21 days in camp. So this is a summary of mine because if I am to write a whole lot of my experience, then get ready to read in pages. Lest I forget, for my foreign readers, NYSC is an acronym meaning National Youth Service Corps – a one year mandatory national service for all Nigerian graduates from tertiary institutions home and diaspora.
Now, my trip to NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Asaya Kabba, Kogi state……
On the 24th of October 2018, I started out on a trip to Lokoja from Calabar boarding ABC transport bus that was ideal for Abuja. So this means I am alighting at Lokoja better than Calabar to Enugu, Enugu to Lokoja. It took me 10 hours to get to Lokoja; 😴 very tiresome, then,
I boarded another vehicle to Kabba/Bunu Local Government Area; this took about 3 hours because of road construction thus there was a diversion. Please Kogi State Government do your best to complete the project, nice work there 👍. The driver pull over at a junction where I could board an ‘okada’ to Asaya Kabba precisely the camp; this took few minutes, let me say… 10 minutes… ya! 10 minutes.
Voila….. I arrived the camp, I was interviewed and my luggage checked by the security officers at the entrance, after which, I was permitted to go in. I carried out the camp registration and was given a foam and allocated a hostel – hostel i2, a fun filled hostel with funny talks like “dress your bed oo, make am meh e look sexy oo or else you go collect oo”😂😂😂. *memories*
Yah. I’m back now., just went down the memory lane. I took my foam to the hostel, placed it on a bunk, arrange my luggage properly, laid on the bed and within seconds I slept off; do you know why? I was so tired 😴😴😴. My bestie calls it zoom off..lol..
Every activity on camp started for me the next day; waking up by 3am; the whistling and trumpeting from the soldiers prompting corps members (CMs) for morning devotion, parade, lectures, skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development training (SAED), social night etc. Failure to be prompt on any of these mentioned, you are in for it, like hostel i2 fondly says ‘you go collect’ not to talk of being absent, if caught, I laugh the scape goat in Igalla language of Kogi State; ‘for this one you go collect wella’
Camp was fun with activities like the welcome party, tug of war, catch the flight, pageantry – miss ebony, miss hot legs, miss big, bold and beautiful, Mr. biggie alias big brother, miss nysc, Mr. macho; man o’ war drilling, cultural carnival, social nights, football and volleyball competition for males and females respectively, inter platoon parade competition. In all of these competitions, I love my platoon ‘jare no be for mouth’ because we never came last ‘bad as e bad, from 1-5 positions, we die there’. 3 platoon…TEAM WORK!!!….. and as well the passing out parade (P.O. P). Pardon me kitchen was fun too. “The stomach department”, I salute ooo.
See some photos below
As Corps members fondly say “camp sweet ooo but na double up i.e. quick jogging, parade; *frog jump, sit on the ground, raise your hands up, hold your ears, guard room spoil am”*. Personally, parade was my best activity when I was in camp 💗, though at first, it didn’t interest me but I found myself loving it 😍, I was so happy when I was selected for it and I was a part of it big time. The part I marked * are meant for defaulters of camp rules and as for ‘double up’, it is mandatory to do so when called for an activity.
The count down chant – “na how many days na e remain ooo, na only 11 days, 10, 9, 8,7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Na e remain… Heh.. I want to leave Asaya… heh.. I want to leave Asaya.. heh eh heh eh heh eh.. I want to leave Asaya.. na only one day na e remain’
The D-day, 12th November, we’ve all being waiting for was great. For me it was as if I shouldn’t go again but I need to leave; why stay back?. Till today most persons still miss camp unto mammy parolz etc. you know what I’m saying?… Passing out parade was well grinded – I was part of number 2 guard because each platoon parade were merged (1&2, 3&4, 5&6, 7&8, 9&10). The governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello was present, he addressed corps members and promised the sum of 10,000 naira will be paid to all corps members before leaving camp and there after paid monthly as state ‘alawee‘. Corps members gave him 3 hearty cheers to show appreciation. Few minutes later, His excellency departed with his entourage. The passing out came to a close, corps members went to collect their place of primary assignment (P.P.A) posting letters, print relocation approval letters – for those that redeployed and not to forget collect alawee of 10k – very necessary. Corps members (CMs) bid Asaya camp goodbye.
NYSC reality show continues for 2018 Batch C Stream 1 corps members until September, 2019.
Success to all 2018 Batch C Stream 1 corps members, 2018 batch C Stream 2 corps members presently in camp three days after stream one CMs passed out from the camp and prospective corps members (PCMs) in later batches. All the best.
All thanks to Almighty God.
Long Live NYSC Kogi State.
Long Live Lokoja city where I spent two days.
Long Live Kogi State Government.
Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
God bless us all, Amen.