Musings About My NYSC Camp Experience ( Episode 3)

Hey guys, I apologize once again for taking too long to get on with this series. Check out episode one and two, if you missed them.

In episode 2, I mentioned that I met a boy in camp, as the days went by, I grew fond of him. You know that thing that happens when boy meets girl and the rest becomes history? Nah it didn’t happen. Turned out to be what happens in camp stays in camp kinda situation. He certainly wasn’t the one. Sorry to burst your bubbles, I know some of you all were waiting for some serious juicy stuff πŸ˜‚

Did I ever mention how I ate Bole (roasted plantain) and fish almost every single day in camp. I was in love with this delicacy. You all know my obsession with plantain πŸ™ˆ. I never visited the kitchen until the day my platoon was delegated to cook and there was a reason for this. I made up my mind never to eat the food coming from the kitchen the day I tasted my bunk mates food, it was supposed to be the famous jollof rice. For one it did not look like it and certainly did not taste like it. Anyway, I lost my food pass on the first day of camp, so even if I were tempted to try it out another time, there was no way. So how then did I survive?

I bought this Yaji pepper (dry hot spice) from a girl in my hostel. This pepper was the ketchup to my chips, the groundnut to my garri, in other words, I used it for almost everything I ate. I had a favorite restaurant I ate breakfast or lunch at (didn’t discover until after a week in camp). Their food was the best in camp. Another life saver was the cereal I brought from home, this helped me during the times I didn’t have enough time to visit the restaurant before the lengthy hours of lectures.

I was never the one to visit mami market without a definite purpose in mind. The times I went there was to buy food, take my clothes for dry cleaning or get them back. Mami market is a certain type of market that comes alive at night. It was certainly one of the things that intrigued me the most about my camp experience. There was loud music, the smell of various food, cigarettes and alcohol. Lots of dancing and ‘faajii ‘(enjoyment) like the Yoruba people of Nigeria would say. This was where everything people called fun happened, personally, I would call it a place where people lose their home training. I saw many things my mind is yet to process. Overall, I would rate by camp experience 70 percent enjoyable and 30 percent stressful.

How would you rate your camp experience ? Do you look forward to Nysc camp if you haven’t served ?

Feel free to ask any questions, will gladly answer them.


21 Comments Add yours

  1. Opeoluwa says:

    What happened with the boy joor… Don’t let it stay in the camp!

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    1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      Apparently our little camp crush didn’t last 😭


  2. Kenzolini says:

    Eya… bye bye camp boo… now that u mentioned good, u are making miss the indomie and kidney source from my own camp 😭😭😭

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    1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      I guess we all had that food we couldn’t do without


  3. thoniabankz says:

    Mehnnn I had the best camp experience!!! I was even named “Nicki minaj” lmao don’t ask me why?! It was so much fun and I also never ate the kitchen food even though I still had my card with me. I made amazinggggg friends and I also met someone I thought we were gonna be in something lol but it ended in camp too. I want to go back to camp really and did I mention I had the best roommates too!

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    1. Wow. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ . Why wont they they name you Nicki Minaj. Sigh. I guess we all have that camp boo πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­. Yasss. My roommates were amazing too. I’m glad you enjoyed your camp ❀


  4. Sounds amazing. Would love to do the NYSC one day

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    1. Yes. Hopefully you have an amazing experience 😊


  5. Joan Akob says:

    @ Place to loose home training πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ …Whenever youths are gathered at night, we are bound to see the most😲. So during camp year lectures are still held? Ooo, I thought it was a year for like skill building and interning. HmmmmmmπŸ˜…

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    1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Yeah within those 3 weeks on camp, we had intensive lecturers on skill acquisition and a bunch of other stuff. Very tiring πŸ˜–. What you do with your time during the Nysc year depends on where you work..

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      1. Joan Akob says:

        Ohhh I see… Now I understand πŸ˜…. We don’t have such a year in Cameroon although I feel it’ll be immerse help! After graduation, it’s straight into job searching

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      2. Hehe. I kinda wish that were the case in Nigeria. But we have to work with what we have πŸ˜€

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  6. yemi says:

    Lol..nice write up. Hmm I only heard abt those coded happenings in mammy and places bt never saw any..didnt hv a camp boo..but camp was funnn while it lasted..met all manner of characters, most annoying were the useless unnecessary arguments by two tribes in the hostel at afternoon nap time and the boring lectures where you’d find corpers sleeping with mouth wide open..lool..the illiterate corpers messing the hostel toilet with excrete (I had to use a commercial toilet in camp) and also the fire alarm (bigle blew 2times @1:30am we stayed on the parade ground for 2hours in the middle of the nyt, girls and guys snoring away in the cold..lool)…

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    1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Men everyone has a story to tell


  7. yemi says:

    U have 9ce pics too..and better stories are coming b4 d end of service year but pls do a series on after-camp (ppa,cds,lodge..)

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    1. Haha
      Definitely. It will be tagged life in Ph. Thanks for sharing πŸ™ŒπŸ’ƒ


      1. yemi says:

        Awesome, I look forward dear

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  8. Chuks says:

    Ooh I can relate 100% with the bole, yam, fish and utazi leaf…..epic πŸ™ŒI ate it almost everyday.

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    1. Lol hey soul mate 😘


  9. Adiorho Faith says:

    I rate my camp experience 30%fun…. The remaining 70percent can be shared by… Irritating, stressful, annoying, sad etc.
    I fell sick 2times I even had to take exert home… πŸ˜›πŸ˜›πŸ˜›
    I’m glad you had fun tho…. I really wanted to hear the boy’s story

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    1. Awww sorry you had that experience πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      You like gist eh. Alright, slide into my dms πŸ˜€β€


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