OK! I am writing this in camp right now.
I received my call up letter on the 18th of may and I found out I was deployed to Akwa ibom. I was so confused when I saw this, I even kind of vented here. Anyways I have spent 2 nights already here. I am going to try my possible best to write about my experiences here in camp.
I arrived at the camp grounds by 1:00 as my flight was scheduled for 11:00 am. You wouldn’t believe that the taxi drivers at the airport took 4thousand naira for a 9 mins ride (I checked) but I was lucky that I shared the taxi with 3 other Corp members.
Getting to the camp grounds,registration activities were in full swing. I got a hostel (down bunk.. Yayyy) first, then went ahead to do the rest of the registration. It was actually quite fast until I got to the platoon I was assigned to, I waited for more than 2 hours to get the Nysc kit.
After the registration, it was already evening. I decided to check the infamous Mami market where things are sold in the camp. I just have to say that the prices are so inflated in this market, very outrageous prices. Although I have been warned about the prices, I was still shocked.
By the time I bought the supplies I needed, it was already late. We had to have our bath outside like we are at the jungle (sad stuff). I had a nice rest that night.
I set my alarm for 3:30 am thinking that it’ll be very early until the noise in my room roused me, I checked the time and it was 2am (imagine).. By the way we are 32 girls in the room I am in. I couldn’t sleep so I decided to stand up and have my bath (outside again). I dressed up in the white and white compulsory uniform and slept back till 5am. By 5am, we were called out to the field, we had devotion and then we were introduced to our leaders. We then started to practice for the swearing in ceremony that was supposed to happen the next day. The rehearsals were so intense, my legs felt like jelly. We kept on been at attention and at ease almost all the time. We practiced in the morning, in the afternoon and evening. Nighttime reached and it was time to have my bath and there was no water. I was so uncomfortable for the longest time. The water eventually came late at night, I had my bath (outside again).i didn’t sleep so well at night.
There was no water!!!!!!. Rain fell, God provided water for us. We had our bath with rain water. We had the swearing in ceremony, we all still did rubbish though (after all the rehearsals). It was shorter than we expected. Let me rewind to before the ceremony, I tried to put on the complete uniform and I found out it wasn’t my size. I was so sad, I had to go to the market where everything is expensive to mend the cloth. Let’s just say that pictures are deceiving, because all through the parade all my buttons kept on popping out and my trousers was too big (the belt kept coming out of the loop), it was a disaster. I couldn’t wait to remove the trousers(Epic fail).
So I eventually checked out the toilets, guess what? It’s pit latrine… Yes I said it pit latrine. So I had to incorporate the habit almost everyone has been doing which is using a potty (I am not going to explain), although others do sometimes called shot put (this is basically using the excrement in a nylon as a shot put, Nasty!!!!!).
We had a swearing in party in the evening, it was compulsory and all a person just wanted to do was to rest with a book (I guess it’s time to let go of the idea of downtime in this camp).
The party was not for me as all I wanted to do was sleep so I left to go to bed. The sleep was epic cc. By the way, I just found the bathroom.. It’s very neat but far away from my room.
Stay tuned y’all
To be continued……….