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[Article] DIARY OF A CHRISTIAN ‘CORPER’

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“Send me your registration details, ‘Bami, let me help you work (influence) your NYSC posting to Lagos so you’ll serve at home and not go far,” my uncle had said, and I replied (smiling) “oh thank you very much sir, but I’m really not up for or interested in influencing my posting, I’m quite open to whatever I get.”
Right from time, I’ve always had the conviction that I didn’t want my NYSC posting influenced and I had always wanted to be quite far from home too, sincerely, say ‘to enjoy my freedom’.
My uncle’s proposal was no different from those I got from several other persons I wasn’t expecting to ‘care enough’. It was so much that at some point, emotions, utterances, composure had to be under check to avoid mild fights. All I ever really wanted was to be where God wanted me and not interfere with his plans (purpose) for me plus, β€˜why ruin the fun in the posting surprise too’?

To serve our fathers land

Fast forward to when the call-up letter was finally uploaded, it was in the midnight and I was still wide awake (I can be a night crawler), so I checked (after my phone continued buzzing seriously from notifications to those who had already checked) to know my fate too. Pam-pam-pam I logged in to the NYSC portal to check my dashboard. You won’t believe what I saw. The message staring me in the face was ‘sorry you are not in this stream, you will be notified when to print your call-up letter’. I was shook!
Well… It wasn’t like I wasn’t expecting it, but I didn’t think I’d be part of stream II, no wahala sha.
I passed the information to my parents and they thought it was something terrible. “But you registered early, your information were correctly filled- what happened?” my dad had queried. I had to explain that there’s nothing wrong and it was okay. Laslas, the list for stream II was released on the NYSC portal. You won’t believe where I was posted to…

**To be continued next week…

My name is Ayobami but my friends call me ‘Bami and this is my diary as a Christian ‘corper’.
In this series, I shall be sharing my experience with you such that would-be or present corps members can relate. So, be kind enough to me and share your thoughts after reading.

P.S: This series is a blend of fiction and real life experience.

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