Bushra's write up is the second we are publishing from the Lazy Korfa/PAGE Bookstore contest entries we received. Read the first one from Ernestine.
We love Bushra's excitment at being posted somewhere that meant she could possibly learn the Yoruba language, which she loves. We love that she was so keen on the opportunity to experience another region of the country, different to where she was born and raised. Such an amazing attitude to have!
Thank you for sharing your story of adventure and of friendship with us, Bushra!
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My NYSC (camp) experience at Ise-Orun- Emure Ekiti was a beautiful, as well as an adventurous one.
I was excited when I saw that I have been posted to the Western part of the country. The excitement was largely due to the fact that I wanted to experience other parts of the country, because I was born and raised in the Northern part of the country and partly because I love the Yoruba language and hoped to be able to speak the language someday, so being posted to Ekiti was a big deal for me.
One of the major difficulties I experienced in camp was my inability to adapt to the wearing of shorts everywhere. Before the camp, I have never worn shorts to go anywhere before. I only ever wore shorts in the comfort of my room. But at camp, I had no choice even though I felt uncomfortable. Fortunately, the shorts I wore were not really "shorts" because they covered my knees!
Also, I spent a lot during my camp days because, whoo! the food we were served was an inch away from being tagged tasteless, so Mammy market to the rescue. I hate to have bad food experience so, I spent so much money buying food.
I met so many beautiful people and I made one very lovely friend, but she left me and redeployed back to Abuja. My goodness! I was too attached to her, so much so that I became depressed and it was not easy to continue without her because she was (and still is) such a sweetheart. My friend's exit from camp marked the beginning of my clinic tours. There's still so much to write, but I'll stop here.
In all, I had a WOW experience, it was beautiful.
© Bushra Abdulmalik August 2020
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