First off, I could not do that long title again and I apologize. 😁
Secondly, I am having serious issues with being consistent at the moment. It’s not writer’s block. I’m just lacking the motivation to pick up my
pen and write phone and type. Once again, I apologize. I’m sorry😥
Back to NYSC gist, last time, I talked about the food and some health tips. Today I just want to give a little hint on camp activities. Like an idea of a typical day. For you upcoming
otondos Corp members, it will really help to prepare yourself mentally for the stress that is orientation camp. I’m not joking. I am not exaggerating either. That said, here goes something…
Officially, you will be woken up by 4:30am. By woken up, I mean that it is by this time that the soldiers will come to your hostel, bang the doors and order you to get out.
That said, you have to wake yourself up by 3:30am. That was me because I wasn’t going to do any makeup of any sort that early in the morning and honestly, sometimes, I didn’t even have my bath. Don’t judge me, weather was just too cold. I didn’t look too bad. See details below. 😂
If however, you have makeup plans, then you have to be up way earlier so that you can have time. You know that stuff takes time, yeah? Yes. At Wailo Camp in Bauchi where I was, the boys were woken up way earlier than the girls. I have no idea why. It might be different in other camps but like I said earlier, it’s good to prepare your mind.
By the time you are chased out of the hostel, it would be about 4:30. Morning meditation actually starts by 5:30 so you have two options. Go and pray or stand in the field in the cold. Seriously.
There are prayers held in the morning. Usually 4:30 to 5:30. Muslims are also in the mosque at this time. So by the time the morning meditation is about to start, prayers are just finishing.
Morning meditation start with the soldiers and Man O’War officers trying to ginger the cold out of your body. Trust me, it usually doesn’t work. Once they think they have done a nice enough job, morning meditation starts.
An official, usually the PRO, takes over. He gives a few words of greeting, encouragement or motivation. Our PRO was the funniest, the greatest at yabbing, so he was kinda fun. But we were usually too cold to respond. A Corp member from a platoon reads the meditation for that morning. Notices and important announcements come after that.
While all this is going on, by 6am Nigeria wakes up! This means that the Nigerian flag is going up. Now here’s a hint. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, once Nigeria is about to wake up or sleep, just freeze. I won’t say no more.
After morning meditation, platoons split. Now I’m not sure if this is done everywhere but it was the Wailo way. A platoon goes for Man O’ War drills, another goes for sanitation, another goes for kitchen duty and all the rest head to the hall for morning lectures.
Breakfast comes next by 7:30 to 8:30 and there is a small break till about 9pm. It is during this time that you can have your bath if you didn’t do it by 3:30am when it was freezing cold. Don’t judge me. 🙈
Me after breakfast…. 😂
After the break, everybody heads back to the hall for another lecture and SAED training. For SAED, you learn a skill. I joined the hair making class. It was hair skills and nail fixing, manicures and pedicures and scrubs and stuff like that. Don’t worry, not all the classes teach vain things… 😂
All this ends by 1pm ish. Lunch is 1:30 to 2:30pm. You will be free till 4pm. During this time, I was usually at the studio or in bed. Mostly in the studio though.
By 4pm, you report to the parade ground again. Groups will be practicing their marching, the Band will be rehearsing and learning new songs, inter-platoon sport activities (football for the guys and volleyball for the girls) take place at this time. By 6pm, Nigeria sleeps. Remember, freeze. Even those playing football on the field, leave the game to stand still at this time. So just freeze.
Dinner is 6:30 to 7:30pm and you are free again till about 8:30pm. By this time, the night activities start.
Night activities are basically 3 activities. Dance, drama and comedy. Platoon by platoon. It’s a competition actually so platoons takes all the activities in turns. It would be fun or it could be really boring. Have good and lively friends in camp. They can turn every situation around. 😂
By 9:40pm or so, night activities are done. Lights-out is by 10pm. Lights-out doesn’t really mean you go to sleep but I would advice you to because you know you have to be up early.
Circle starts over again the next day and there, you have your typical day at Orientation camp!
Next post, I’ll talk about special activities and groups, if they can fit into one post.
Till then, all my love…
I hope to be done before November 20th, which is not just the day for the next batch to report to camp, but also my birthday and it might be my Call to Bar day. I will have a lot on my plate that day.
Anyway, I hope to share everything I can before the next batch of
otondos Corp members get to camp. 😄
Toodles y’all …. So foreign.
Odabo… Ka odizienu k’anyi afuro.