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[Article] DIARY OF A CHRISTIAN CORPER: A Strange Man Appears

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… Continued from the last episode 

Emeka kept wondering, he thought I had zero knowledge about how to play the sax, so he walked towards Seun and asked: “Seun, you sure sey no be the babe wey Tolu dey follow us talk for town be this?” I was amazed where I stood. Afterwards, Seun walked towards me and asked “Ayobami, did you attend BUI?” I replied “Yes, I did” then he turned to look to Emeka, nodded and they both smiled.

You can’t imagine what was going through my mind. I was wondering how anyone could have gotten to know me in a ‘strange’

land.

Seun looked at me and said: “Don’t bother your head o, your friend Tolu who is in town told us about you, we just figured”.

I had sincerely forgotten Tolu was in Enugu and I didn’t know how certain he was that I would join the band.

Not long after sha, parade ended, so did the band rehearsals. I wasn’t too happy though, because I honestly preferred being with the band.

It was already time for dinner and as we marched back into the camp ground and NCCF evening service was about starting too, we arranged the band instruments in the band room, I went to get my plate and went for the service.

Just after the NCCF family song someone tapped my shoulder. I looked back, and it was Segun. Chai! “Finally, someone I can recognise is here with me,” I thought to myself.

Segun and I finished from school together. The average height guy has an amazing voice and is a wonderful dancer. We hugged each other as we exchanged pleasantries and chatted a bit. It felt really nice seeing a familiar face.
I got to the hostel and Ramat was telling me that she saw me with the Sax and was really grinning. This prompted me to ask: “Ramat, wait o… I’ve never seen you on the parade ground o” she smiled and replied: “Me I don’t go oo… I’m always in the mosque charging my phone or sleeping gan” I was shocked! “Like… really! Toor please I’ll be giving you my phone in the mornings to charge for me lemme be saving my money biko.” Ramat agreed and I was glad I didn’t have to worry about having low battery on my phone anymore.

The camp activities continued as stipulated on the camp time-table. Me, I didn’t really mix with my platoon members because I was usually with the band guys but towards the end of the second week, I made some friends. Funke (ore mi booni- she was fond of greeting me this way and we were in the band together), Olaoluwa and Godwin, and really I enjoyed their friendship.

The DG was to visit the camp so we (the band) were called to dress in our 6/7 and welcome the DG. After being delayed under the sun for a couple of hours, his representative finally arrived and we played to usher her in. As we moved, I noticed a fair looking guy (also a corps member) with a nice height and bushy beards (looking unkempt) in his white-white outfit following me in such a weird and suspicious manner.

I was pretty scared….

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