NYSC DIARIES: Week One (1) – My Kogi Camp Experience

Before you read this, know it took me hours and I had to walk around the whole of the camp to get a better and stable network to post this so plese read and comment.

Ayyy! I got posted to K-O-G-I!The night I checked my deployed state and then I saw KOGI, the update left me with mixed feelings and all. Like how on earth will I go to the NORTH???

I was rooting for OYO/LAGOS.But then, there’s nothing I could do, I just had to go!

So let me give you a breakdown of how my first week went.

Tuesday, June 18 2019

Orientation camp opened officially today. So I got up as early as 4am because the transport bus (Crosscountry) that I went to book said we should get there by 5am.

I left home with my dad around 5:30am and got to the bus terminal around 6:10am. On getting there, I met quite a number of people. Take off was delayed until around 7:30am. We got to Shagamu interchange and we were told to join the bus conveying people to Kogi from Lagos.

Only three of us *left Abeokuta for Kogi state. We joined the bus on arrival at 8:00am as we left Shagamu. We were told the journey would last 10hours L (longest journey ever in my life).* We didn’t get to camp until 7:00pm.

We passed through a town in Kogi where they were holding an EgunEgun Festival.

I forgot to mention, I sat on a plastic chair inside the luxury bus for the whole journey and it wasn’t comfortable, CROSS-COUNTRY scammed us!!!Getting to camp around 7pm, all I could do was to get a bedspace then I went to sleep.

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Wednesday, June 19 2019

I woke up around 3:30am and I saw people already taking their bath and getting dressed up. I was shocked that it’s still midnight and people are already up.

I slept back and woke up around 4:40am. I tried getting water and sadly, there was no water. I wanted to die!

The next thing I would hear was a whistle and soldiers shouting “Double Up”.Everyone started rushing out and I had to rush out too without taking my bath.We went for morning devotion and parade.

I couldn’t join the parade because I haven’t registered so I went back to hostel to take my bath and get ready for the stressful day.I got back to the registration point around 8am and I couldn’t get my biometrics done until 2pm.

After I got it done, I didn’t bother to change to white and white beacause once you change, you have to join the parade. Lol.

Lest I forget, my Khaki didn’t size me, I had to spend #700 to slimfit it at the mami market.

Thursday, June 20th 2019

Swearing-in day is finally here. We got to the parade ground around 5am for devotion. After the devotion, we started morning parade.

We were dismissed around 8am to take our bath and eat and be back to the parade ground by 9am for the swearing-in ceremony.

We stood in the scorching morning sun from 9am until around past 10 when the Governor representative arrived.

After hours in the sun, someone beside me who I was talking to fainted after telling me she needs to sit down. It was like a film.The swearing-in ended around 11:50am.We took pictures and went to our various hostels to rest and prepare for the evening parade.

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Friday, June 21st 2019

We started long hours of daily boring lectures. Lecture was slated for 9am. I go there 8:56am and still I couldn’t find a seat despite getting there early. I stood for the whole lecture that ended around 12pm.

At that point, I just wanted to go homeeeeee… 😢My platoon was on duty to take care of the camp. I was in the sanitation group. After the lecture, we resumed back to take care of the compund.

Saturday, June 22nd 2019

The lecture continued but it was actually interesting unlike the Friday’s own. We were told the welcome party would be starting by 8:30pm.

I got to the pavilion (venue for the welcome party) exactly 8:30pm after being chased from hostel by soldiers.The welcome party was dry at the start that I was dozing off. 😂 lol.

It got interesting later on but the DJ they hired was so bad and the sound sef was wack. The party ended by 11am and we retired back to our hostel.

That was how my first week in Kogi State NYSC camp, Asaya ended. The food they serve here is nothing to write home about. I have been to the kitchen just 4 times and all I collected was bread and jollof/concotion rice.

So far, I have spent #500 naira to charge here because we weren’t allowed to charge in hostel and they collect #100 naira/device. (Something that’s #50 in Abeokuta).

They also charge #100 / One thousand when you withdraw from POS (#5000 and pay #500 naira for charges).

I haven’t made any new friend here yet. If there’s award for most gentle corp member in a platoon..I’m sure I’m going home with the award this week. 😂 lol.

That’s all for now.

The Real IBK

Hey there, I'm Ibukunoluwa Kuti, a Social Media Manager and Blogger. Lover of Fanta 💛.

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19 thoughts on “NYSC DIARIES: Week One (1) – My Kogi Camp Experience

  1. LMAO, they hired a Kogi state DJ. Dj mutairu😂😂😂. Plus, the charging is expensive because you people are corpers. They have to take corper money😂😂😂

  2. Becareful what you wish for your friend 😂

    It’s better here tho
    Charging of phone is #50
    Power bank #100
    POS #50/ #1000

    # EkitiKopa

  3. Come to. Kaduna here
    Life isn’t hard like that
    I don’t even have to go t9 maami to charge my phone, tho charging is #50 here… The only food I enjoy here is breakfast of hot tea ,boiled egg and bread, most times I request for just hot water.

    The lord is your strength deAr

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