My Nysc Experience
State of Deployment; Iseyin Oyo State.
Hi guys how are you all doing. Thank you all for following my last series of story on my internship chronicles. I was really overwhelmed by the reviews I got, the comments, constructive criticism, and I was happy it could help and motivate few people.
My new series of stories will be about my Nysc Experience and I will be starting with the complusory 21days orientation camp.
When it was time to register for Nysc I was really excited to register but unfortunately for me before I could successfully register it was already late and I didn’t find any state in the south west to pick amongst the options. So I finally picked Imo,kwara,kaduna and Rivers State but deep down inside me I didn’t want any of those states.
Call up letter came up like few days later and I was deployed to iseyin Oyo state Nigeria, please don’t ask me how I got Oyo State because all I can say is na God oo lol.
Meanwhile I had always wanted to serve in Ibadan and the reason was because I wanted to live in a different city from Lagos and at the same time I didn’t want somewhere too far from home. I wanted somewhere close to Lagos but not lagos, if I had gotten lagos I would have probably paid to redeploy no jokes.
I was to resume camp on Saturday 13th March 2021, we all resumed in batches because we had to do Covid test before entering the camp.
Meanwhile I bought my NySc stuffs already which includes shorts tee shirts, rubber sneakers, leather sneakers all in white, I also got white and green stripes socks. I got water bottle, food flask, little provisions which I ate just few times, toiletries, mosquito repellent, touch light, fanny pack(waist purse), permanent marker to write my names on my stuffs to prevent it from being stolen, i got padlock to lock my box too, trust me they were all very useful in camp.
Initially I was really excited about everything but the night to the day I was supposed to go to camp I became scared, I was anxious and I didn’t know when I became sick. That night, I slept and noticed I was just sweating profusely and when I tried to stand up to take my bath I almost fell down in my room because my eyes were turning me I finally made it to the bathroom and I vomitted for about 20minutes, I guess it was because of the what I ate because that night I was so sick. I just prayed to God to heal me and I went to sleep, and thank God I woke up much better, strong and less anxious.
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My dad drove me to the park as early as 7:00am on Saturday to fatia atere around oshodi where I took a car going straight to Iseyin; a town in Oyo state. The transport fair was #2700 and extra #500 for luggage and they took me and other Corp members straight to the Orientation camp, the journey lasted for 4hours 40 minutes to Iseyin Oyo state; yes it was that far.
So I finally got to the Orientation camp at iseyin and outside the camp we had people that sold bucket, baller and potty explaining to us the importance of those materials inside the camp. So immediately we entered we had NSCDC(Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps) officials to check our luggage for contrabands like speakers, drugs, condom, iron etc. Our Call up letter and school identification card were also checked to make sure we were at the right camp.
After checking our luggage we proceeded to the NCDC(Nigeria Center for Disease Control) to take the Covid 19 test which was very uncomfortable and thank God it came out negative.
After that i got my hostel and bed. My documents and medical fitness results were checked, i got my state code and proceeded to get my Nysc kits in my Platoon which was 7platoon.
Platoon is the group in which everyone is being divided into and I was in platoon 7 and it was actually the best group I could ever ask for. We had amazing members in the group, quite unserious lol but they were all vibes I’m not even going to lie, in my platoon I met really amazing people that made the camp extremely interesting for me, they made me look forward to each day, they made me so happy.
The Nysc kit includes a crested Nysc vest, khaki jacket and trousers, two pair of socks,white round shirt, shorts and an all-star sneakers and a jungle boot.The white shirt, short and sneakers is meant to be our every day dressing and the crested vest, khaki trouser is meant to be the ceremonial wear.
I forgot to include there was lots of struggle to get those kits and verify our documents because we were too many and had to queue to get our stuffs.
The Struggle to get a hostel and a comfortable space too was alot. The name of my hostel was Alao 1 and was not far from the kitchen so it was very easy to get food early and faster.
The hostel isn’t that bad I must say , if you have attended church camps in Nigeria before you will know it was everything a camp looks like. The hostel was divided into 3parts and had 60 bunks all together, despite the number of bunks the hostel was really spacious and had adequate ventilation. We had a functioning tap at the bathroom area had adequate water supply, we had a WC toilet even though the flush wasn’t working, we had adequate water to flush after use. We had a clean closed space that served as the bathroom to take our bath so overall my hostel was very nice and comfortable and we didn’t record any case of theft , though it’s advisable to write your name or code number on your clothe and shoes for proper identification.
The foods that was served wasn’t bad at all; even though I didn’t eat all the ones I ate was really nice. Even the beans and other food I didn’t eat people that ate them said it was really nice. I must confess they really tried and the portion of food too was good and satisfying; well to me though lol.
Every morning we wake up by 3am to bath and prepare for morning parade which was by 5am, a trumpet called(Bugle) was what usually wakes us up for parade, lunch, dinner etc. The sound of that trumpet every morning was just so annoying and hearing it every day for 3 weeks was something else.
The soldiers were the ones that play the bugle in the morning to call us out for devotion, exercise and morning drill and if you get to the pavilion late it attracts punishments like frog jump, crawling etc.
Theexercise is actually very interesting because we get to do the exercise with music, we listen to lectures sometimes too in the morning.
One thing I did before going to camp was that I honestly made up my mind that the environment might not turn out well so I personally wasn’t expecting anything spectacular. I had been to some camp before and I know the struggle, I was expecting something the same or probably even something worse, so maybe that was why nothing at the camp surprised me, it was something I imagined would happen and I was prepared for it and my camp experience was one of the most amazing and interesting experience in my life; yes I totally loved and enjoyed it.
Another thing I totally enjoyed was the parade which we did every morning and evening, at the beginning it was very tiring but after our swearing in ceremony I totally enjoyed it. I finally got to represent my platoon for the parade drill parade competition but unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to match because we were too much. They literally took off the shaft in the group lol, wahala for who no sabi match oo.
We payed for charging of our phones and power bank at our respective platoon charging spot ;and yes it was safe. We paid for charging because there was no socket in the hostel to charge except if I was on duty at the clinic. Charging of phones was #80 while power bank was #100 omo at the beginning I spent money on charging oo and I’m not even going to lie but later I started charging at the clinic.
We had a camp market called maami market which is actually the place where everything you need is being sold at. Charging, photo copying, tailoring is being done there. All kind of food, snack, drink, is being sold at the market; you can literally get everything you want at the market, price of things were slightly increased but they were quite affordable, the annoying thing was just that it was far from the hostel.
I had my close friends in camp and they made me so happy and they were really welcoming, they were really amazing and were literally the best part of my camp experience at iseyin. The way God works is so amazing because I literally prayed to meet amazing people in camp and it was as if God said my daughter say no more. I met them at just the right time and they are so amazing, they are people that I see being cool friends with even after camp.
We do have competition everyday platoon by platoon which were volleyball, football, dancing,drama miss Ankara, Betty butter, beard gang, Mr mancho, miss Nysc etc. We didn’t win anything in our unserious Platoon lol except towards the end we won Mrs Nysc and took second in Mr Mancho Competition, other competition we almost won but you know what they say almost won’t kill a bird lol.
Camp Clinic was one of the most beautiful place in the camp, it was a new clinic and I guess it was commission like about 4 months ago and it is well maintained, unlike other state camp clinic we had an ideal modern clinic here in Iseyin Oyo state.
We ran different duties everyday at the clinic and also it was an avenue for medical personnel to hide and avoid parade, boring lectures, charge phones and a form of relaxation.
During the camp I joined the Covid team for taking Covid test for Corp members and other people that come into the camp clinic and I was in the data base session. We ran a different Covid roaster daily. All health Corp members have their morning devotion and lecture at the clinic every morning then later join the other Corp members on the field for exercise and morning drill.
I also joined an organization on sexual female health to be an advocate for female sexuality in which females are taught to discover themselves. The organization also has a Digital companion on Whatsapp which provide helps and information on family planning. We also did an exam in form of a presentation on family planning .
We had a compulsory entrepreneurship program which all Corp member was expected to join called SAED(skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development). I joined makeup and gele tying . If you know me you will know I don’t know how to do makeup but I wanted to learn it for my self so I joined and I think I did well for a learner lol, at least I learned how to draw brows and rules in drawing it.
Every night we get entertained doing social activities with songs,drama, miming to songs, dancing etc by people competing in different platoons and it was very interesting and fun.
We also had Man O war, it’s a drill exercise in which we were made to climb different obstacles, I climbed all despite how high it was and my trouser didn’t tear lol some people own tore but luckily for me I climbed everything despite how scared I was.
In camp we were given allowances during our stay; the first was local transport allowance #1400 , transport from home allowance 1800, monthly allowance #33,000 in cash lol. We had carnival on the last Saturday of camp and we were all meant to wear a customized platoon shirt. I joined the medical platoon that day and we danced and paraded on the field during the program when it was our turn. I had fun and took pictures.
I couldn’t wear my real platoon; platoon 7 shirt because I stayed with the medical team that day, but I joined them in the evening we had platoon 7 party at a bar in the camp market were we ate asun, people drank, smoked and danced. Me I don’t drink so I just ate my asun with water jejely and watched the drama that unfolded as they all got drunk. I saw people that looked innocent smoke and drink like drunkards lol omo I saw things that night, I saw girls smoke. I wasn’t really comfortable there because I can’t stay in an environment where people smoke so I got really bored of the platoon party. But I enjoyed watching my friend dance because I planned to make jest of them at the end of everything, it was fun after all but it wasn’t just my thing.
I also attended the medical platoon party and I must confess it was so boring; I mean I wasn’t expecting something special from a group of medical practitioners but they really tried in their own little and we took lots of amazing pictures doing our carnival together.
This story is long already so I have to stop here, I wrote this story just to let you know I had the BEST camp experience EVER and I’m super grateful to God for such an amazing experience. I will continue the gist in my next story. Pls don’t forget to give me a clap, like, share, comment and follow me here on medium,love you all.