Hello everyone. I can’t believe it’s Monday. You know what they say about Mondays. I’m still in bed. I should be at work by 8am. It’s 6:55 as I write.
Just a short and quick one because I’m writing in the moment and I have to hurry up for work.
I’m serving in Bauchi State. Northeast Nigeria. I’m from Imo state, Southeast Nigeria. I’m Igbo. Bauchi people, predominantly Hausa.
That’s all fine.
People wonder why I ditch my PPA*. Apart from the fact that I really do not like law, my office is a really uncomfortable place. They constantly speak Hausa. To me. Sometimes, I know enough to know when the conversation is about me but I don’t know what it’s about.
Work needs to be done, they say it in Hausa and then as an afterthought, translate for me in English. When they do speak in English to me, it’s with this almost condescending tone, as if they pity me and can’t believe they have to stop speaking their precious Hausa for a few seconds to talk to me. Other times, it’s as if they feel sorry for Poor Chioma who can’t speak their language.
I spend 4 hours in the office with people talking all around me and I understand 10 words.
And they wonder why I hate being there…
They are nice enough people but I can’t help getting the feeling that tribe might be the ticket.
I might be wrong.
I hope I’m wrong.
I still hate it here though. But I’m passing out by the first week in August.
Now I have to get up and go get ready. Have a nice day. I hope y’all understand what’s going on at your respective places of work.
PPA – Place of Primary Assignment. Where I have to work for my compulsory service year. It’s the Ministry of Justice in Bauchi state.