Otondo Corper! This is just one of the million words you hear at NYSC.
What an experience!
I must now say that I understand why people for fightring for NYSC to NOT be scrapped. It's the easiest and fastest way to integrate the young people from different parts of Nigeria. I must say though that everything I took to camp, I LEFT there! Oh the filth!! *cringe*. I kind of got used it though which is very and because there's a CAMP SMELL! You don't notice till you leave and return. It's like firewood and sweat and some other foul-smelling ingredients. Perfume is ESSENTIAL!
Where to start??
We got into the camp and were led to a backyard with stacks of "matresses", if you could them that. These things were ripped and practically flat pieces of foam and they say pick one! Only ONE? Even if you picked 3 of them, you won't have an actually mattress. We were led to female hostels, there were about 100 people per room! If you're claustrophobic, Fall Back! Ifeoma and I with a newly acquired friend and spotted a filthy room that didn't seem like a hostel with a hole in the wall (i.e. no window) and got someone to sweep and mop it. I got a plank from the "forest" to close the 'window'. We ended up with a 5-woman room where 3 of us were from Loyola and 2 newcomers who were amazing. Locking our door was easy because we just shared keys. Our room ended up being called the VIP room.
Luckily, we were "smack" beside a really interesting hostel. The things these girls talked about. My blog is PG so i shall not go into it. Let's just say that they were very graphic. One night the ladies even had a fight because they both had the hots for a fella at camp. It was a loud fight with one even saying the other will never ever have sex because she was OLD and FAT O_o. Yes! Zero sensitivity in Nigeria! I can't deal!
|The Precarious Bunk|
That night, we took our bath under the moonlight and while it was ridiculous, it was pretty refreshing. It was a closed space in the deep of the girls' hostels, so all you have to get used to is having other naked females around you. Since I went to boarding school, this wasn't new.
The NYSC market also has a very active market. I see why people are against shutting down NYSC, it is a major economic boost. Unparalleled. Prices are inflated because you have no other choice. Extremely high supplier power. On a scale of 1- 5, supplier power is 7! lol! It's actually unreal.
I swear it can be used an an exampleevery economics topic; Oligopoly, Monopoly, Price Competition, Supply and Demand, Law of Diminishing Returns, Advertising strategies, NAME IT! We even have people selling IMAN, MaryKay and all other good brands of make-up. I couldn't understand.
What I also couldn't understand was how females had the HEART to put on make up at 3am. Yes! That's the rising time to go out for Morning activities, marching and exercise. You can try to escape like we often did but the ay we were caught, sigh. Let us just say a bucket of water became friendly with our mattresses. And ifeoma was called a witch because she was really light-skinned! Please don't ask! Anyways, I don't know how these girls were able to at such an ungodly hour, put on eye shadow and liner and lipstick. Everything. I assume the HUNT for a spouse was very pressing as camp is apparently where spouses are met! I'm not surprised. All those young people imprisoned for 3 weeks. Magic MUST happen and it did. But that's a tale for another day!
|All-white everything. I may never wear white again|
God Bless you all and if you are in Nigeria, HAPPY PUBLIC HOLIDAY! lol