WHO NYSC HELP?
(MY ONE YEAR JOURNEY!)
For a minute, everything stopped! when I first saw my post letter!
It all started in Nov 28 2019, when I stepped my feet on the NYSC Camp ground Sagamu Ogun State. At first it felt strange but exciting. I had people rushing towards me and asking me, if I wanted to buy, they sold stuffs like; bucket, sponge cases, ID cards pouches, drinks, snacks and the likes, but, I had almost everything I needed so I didn’t buy.
I met a friend at the Ojota garage, where we boarded a cab together, we started a conversation and that was it. Her name is Mariam. Myself and Maria bonded so well, I guess that’s how people meet their soul mates. Mariam, I want you to know when you read this, that I love you and you are one of the first gift NYSC blessed me with.

So that was how we got to the gate, WAWU! I must say, they had lots of security at the gate very organized. They were searching through luggage and disposing of any harmful object such as Iron, Mug cups, breakable plates, forks, knives, extension and any other thing that poses to be harmful in the camp ground and hostels.
After been searched you will be asked to move to the next line where you registered your name and got number tags before been granted access into the camp compound.

WAWU! Again, as we entered into the camp compound, it looked like small London. So neat, beautiful and well organized, no jokes! I’m not exaggerating, I mean, you can ask anyone who served there, they might even explain better.

Yes! We move, so we got in the compound and walked towards the place we were directed to, there, we wrote and registered our names again, we were given bed and hostel numbers.

When we got into the hostel we dropped our luggage and then dashed out for proper registration. To my amazement again, the registration took less than 2 hours, Oh Jesus! These was something I thought would take the whole day. I must say, I was impressed the more. Just when I thought I would retire to my bed for the day, I heard the ‘Bingil’ ….
Soldiers were everywhere urging us to come down to the Parade ground for practice. I was like ‘eheen!’ but my dear that how we saw it ooo! ‘Omo dey no born you well o make you no go o! that was how all of us pack ourselves there o.

During the registration and practice, I met new people and saw old friends, I knew instantly I was going to have an amazing time serving.
I was in the best platoon ever ‘Platoon 10’ amazing, amazing people. My supervisior Platoon 10 now local government inspector ‘Mr Abbas Love’ super super amazing guy, very dedicated to his job, loves and cares for his corpers and very concerned with their welfare.
So, my platoon, friends I made and every single activity that took place within these 3 weeks made my camp journey so beautiful. We had a welcome party, a carol service, thanksgiving, social night and many more exciting events.
My camp story won’t be complete without mentioning a few names that made my experience a fantastic and memorable one.
They are; Richard(Rainforest), David, Abiola, Amaka, Mariam, Gbolahun, Tega, Osoke, thank you all, I love and appreciate you guys a lot.

The deal day came, December 2, when we were given our post letter and assigned to our various Primary Place Of Assignment( PPA).
I was posted to Ogun Waterside Local Government. I mean, this was a place when we were on camp, if you were told you will be posted there, you will curse that person, yet this was the place I was posted to. Everything stopped for a minute, I didn’t understanding what was happening for awhile. I felt really bad but right there, I remembered what the Spirit of God told me; that wherever I was posted to, I should go there.

My journey started with a few people, we were all posted there so we started our journey to Waterside on that same day. On getting there, OMG! Oh everyone began to cry, they were just lamenting ‘I can’t stay here oo…. ‘ as for me, I was just looking, I couldn’t cry, I couldn’t smile, “I just dey look”, but I kept encouraging myself by telling myself ‘God chose here for me, so you have got to stay’ and so I stayed I’m presently writing from there now inspiring somebody today. “WHATEVER GOD HAS SAID TO YOU, PLEASE ENDEVOUR TO OBEY!”

We went home for the Christmas break and resumed fully in January. The first to two months of living in waterside was actually not easy at all, the people of Iwopin were different in their own way. I was able to see what it meant to be stagnant, not progressive, being corrupt in every way. The adults and children were nothing to write home about….. good thing was I saw a need and where I could come in, then I realized why God actually brought me here.
Back to Waterside issues, it’s really an issue because, there in Waterside they don’t have light, no network, no market, no malls or supermarkets, no stores sef, transportation is super expensive, one would think that garri or fishes would be cheap here but my dear, Ewo! It is even super expensive….. mehn! things are super crazy here. The worst of all is that the people here don’t recognize or regard “Education and Family” at all.
I know God surely brought me here for good and for the advancement of this great land, it has indeed been a wonderful service year despite the Corona Virus, Youth Protest and all, this year has indeed been a great one.
It’s few days to end of service, surprisingly I don’t feel like leaving here, for me, it was more than just serving my father’s land, it was me living “A Life Of Purpose.”
Serving here opened my eye to a lot of things I never knew before, about things around me, things I could do, tolerating co-corpers and the villagers and even the way I handle issues and my leadership skills got even better; cause I tell you, it wasn’t easy leading young adults at all…. But I give all Glory to God!

As I round up in a few days from now I will like to encourage young people out there asking the question and thinking it in their hearts….. ‘WHO NYSC HELP?’
I hope you listen attentively to this….
When you serve especially in a place like mine, Ogun Waterside LGA, or maybe you were posted to a rural area for your National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) what it does is help “BUILD YOU UP.”
I just feel like someone hit my head! But really that is what service does for you… Someone might be saying, ‘but I can be built up from the comfort of my home,’ it can never be the same experience. Within this one year, you will discover so many things about yourself, you never knew existed.
Guess who NYSC has helped?
NYSC and serving in a place like Waterside has helped someone like me in diverse ways:
Spiritual Growth: the one thing I was certain this NYSC was going to help me with was my Spiritual growth and closeness to GOD.
In this period of time, I have met with amazing, Spirit filled, Tongue talking gentlemen and ladies on fire of God, and it has really helped me tremendously.
In this one year, I have stayed away from the distractions of this world and it has helped me stayed focus on Him.

See and accept people differently: coming here I met a lot of people from different background and places, therefore you must cultivate the habit of living and accepting different people, also It helps your personality.

Learn the way of life of different people: the way of living here is so different from the usual, it made me realize all hands are not actually equal, now I see life differently.

Respect and Love Culture: depending on where you will be posted to, try to understand their way of life, the people, language, food, norms and traditions and every other thing that makes them perculia.

Independent and Smart: staying in another man’s land will differently teach you how to “shine your eye well well…” you will definitely have peace but then you have got to be conscious of your environment at all times.

Appreciate God for what you have: you will always find reasons to be grateful to God for what you had and for what you can see now.

Survival instinct: you might never know this side of you until you leave your comfort zone. Very important aspect of everyman, NYSC pushes this side of you out.

Responsible: it brings out the adult in you, makes you matured and in most cases wise.

The most sensitive part of this one year is few months towards the end of service where the big question “WHAT NEXT AFTER HERE?” starts popping up!
If you have been focused and have humbled yourself to God and paid attention to Him within this one year and have been obedient to His directives, answering this question would not be so much of a question to you now!

It took me one year to write out my journey during this NYSC, I’m glad I finally did! This one year has taught me a lot, it taught others before me too and I hope one day, you serve too where you can share your own experience to inspire other generations to come.

For your own sakes and for your futures’ remember NIGERIA can only be built by “NIGERIANS” and even YOU can only be built “IF YOU LET YOURSELF.”
GOD bless you and God bless Nigeria!

 

 

Edwina

Edwina

Author

WHO NYSC HELP?
(MY ONE YEAR JOURNEY!)
For a minute, everything stopped! when I first saw my post letter!
It all started in Nov 28 2019, when I stepped my feet on the NYSC Camp ground Sagamu Ogun State. At first it felt strange but exciting. I had people rushing towards me and asking me, if I wanted to buy, they sold stuffs like; bucket, sponge cases, ID cards pouches, drinks, snacks and the likes, but, I had almost everything I needed so I didn’t buy.
I met a friend at the Ojota garage, where we boarded a cab together, we started a conversation and that was it. Her name is Mariam. Myself and Maria bonded so well, I guess that’s how people meet their soul mates. Mariam, I want you to know when you read this, that I love you and you are one of the first gift NYSC blessed me with.

So that was how we got to the gate, WAWU! I must say, they had lots of security at the gate very organized. They were searching through luggage and disposing of any harmful object such as Iron, Mug cups, breakable plates, forks, knives, extension and any other thing that poses to be harmful in the camp ground and hostels.
After been searched you will be asked to move to the next line where you registered your name and got number tags before been granted access into the camp compound.

WAWU! Again, as we entered into the camp compound, it looked like small London. So neat, beautiful and well organized, no jokes! I’m not exaggerating, I mean, you can ask anyone who served there, they might even explain better.

Yes! We move, so we got in the compound and walked towards the place we were directed to, there, we wrote and registered our names again, we were given bed and hostel numbers.

When we got into the hostel we dropped our luggage and then dashed out for proper registration. To my amazement again, the registration took less than 2 hours, Oh Jesus! These was something I thought would take the whole day. I must say, I was impressed the more. Just when I thought I would retire to my bed for the day, I heard the ‘Bingil’ ….
Soldiers were everywhere urging us to come down to the Parade ground for practice. I was like ‘eheen!’ but my dear that how we saw it ooo! ‘Omo dey no born you well o make you no go o! that was how all of us pack ourselves there o.

During the registration and practice, I met new people and saw old friends, I knew instantly I was going to have an amazing time serving.
I was in the best platoon ever ‘Platoon 10’ amazing, amazing people. My supervisior Platoon 10 now local government inspector ‘Mr Abbas Love’ super super amazing guy, very dedicated to his job, loves and cares for his corpers and very concerned with their welfare.
So, my platoon, friends I made and every single activity that took place within these 3 weeks made my camp journey so beautiful. We had a welcome party, a carol service, thanksgiving, social night and many more exciting events.
My camp story won’t be complete without mentioning a few names that made my experience a fantastic and memorable one.
They are; Richard(Rainforest), David, Abiola, Amaka, Mariam, Gbolahun, Tega, Osoke, thank you all, I love and appreciate you guys a lot.

The deal day came, December 2, when we were given our post letter and assigned to our various Primary Place Of Assignment( PPA).
I was posted to Ogun Waterside Local Government. I mean, this was a place when we were on camp, if you were told you will be posted there, you will curse that person, yet this was the place I was posted to. Everything stopped for a minute, I didn’t understanding what was happening for awhile. I felt really bad but right there, I remembered what the Spirit of God told me; that wherever I was posted to, I should go there.

My journey started with a few people, we were all posted there so we started our journey to Waterside on that same day. On getting there, OMG! Oh everyone began to cry, they were just lamenting ‘I can’t stay here oo…. ‘ as for me, I was just looking, I couldn’t cry, I couldn’t smile, “I just dey look”, but I kept encouraging myself by telling myself ‘God chose here for me, so you have got to stay’ and so I stayed I’m presently writing from there now inspiring somebody today. “WHATEVER GOD HAS SAID TO YOU, PLEASE ENDEVOUR TO OBEY!”

We went home for the Christmas break and resumed fully in January. The first to two months of living in waterside was actually not easy at all, the people of Iwopin were different in their own way. I was able to see what it meant to be stagnant, not progressive, being corrupt in every way. The adults and children were nothing to write home about….. good thing was I saw a need and where I could come in, then I realized why God actually brought me here.
Back to Waterside issues, it’s really an issue because, there in Waterside they don’t have light, no network, no market, no malls or supermarkets, no stores sef, transportation is super expensive, one would think that garri or fishes would be cheap here but my dear, Ewo! It is even super expensive….. mehn! things are super crazy here. The worst of all is that the people here don’t recognize or regard “Education and Family” at all.
I know God surely brought me here for good and for the advancement of this great land, it has indeed been a wonderful service year despite the Corona Virus, Youth Protest and all, this year has indeed been a great one.
It’s few days to end of service, surprisingly I don’t feel like leaving here, for me, it was more than just serving my father’s land, it was me living “A Life Of Purpose.”
Serving here opened my eye to a lot of things I never knew before, about things around me, things I could do, tolerating co-corpers and the villagers and even the way I handle issues and my leadership skills got even better; cause I tell you, it wasn’t easy leading young adults at all…. But I give all Glory to God!

As I round up in a few days from now I will like to encourage young people out there asking the question and thinking it in their hearts….. ‘WHO NYSC HELP?’
I hope you listen attentively to this….
When you serve especially in a place like mine, Ogun Waterside LGA, or maybe you were posted to a rural area for your National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) what it does is help “BUILD YOU UP.”
I just feel like someone hit my head! But really that is what service does for you… Someone might be saying, ‘but I can be built up from the comfort of my home,’ it can never be the same experience. Within this one year, you will discover so many things about yourself, you never knew existed.
Guess who NYSC has helped?
NYSC and serving in a place like Waterside has helped someone like me in diverse ways:
Spiritual Growth: the one thing I was certain this NYSC was going to help me with was my Spiritual growth and closeness to GOD.
In this period of time, I have met with amazing, Spirit filled, Tongue talking gentlemen and ladies on fire of God, and it has really helped me tremendously.
In this one year, I have stayed away from the distractions of this world and it has helped me stayed focus on Him.

See and accept people differently: coming here I met a lot of people from different background and places, therefore you must cultivate the habit of living and accepting different people, also It helps your personality.

Learn the way of life of different people: the way of living here is so different from the usual, it made me realize all hands are not actually equal, now I see life differently.

Respect and Love Culture: depending on where you will be posted to, try to understand their way of life, the people, language, food, norms and traditions and every other thing that makes them perculia.

Independent and Smart: staying in another man’s land will differently teach you how to “shine your eye well well…” you will definitely have peace but then you have got to be conscious of your environment at all times.

Appreciate God for what you have: you will always find reasons to be grateful to God for what you had and for what you can see now.

Survival instinct: you might never know this side of you until you leave your comfort zone. Very important aspect of everyman, NYSC pushes this side of you out.

Responsible: it brings out the adult in you, makes you matured and in most cases wise.

The most sensitive part of this one year is few months towards the end of service where the big question “WHAT NEXT AFTER HERE?” starts popping up!
If you have been focused and have humbled yourself to God and paid attention to Him within this one year and have been obedient to His directives, answering this question would not be so much of a question to you now!

It took me one year to write out my journey during this NYSC, I’m glad I finally did! This one year has taught me a lot, it taught others before me too and I hope one day, you serve too where you can share your own experience to inspire other generations to come.

For your own sakes and for your futures’ remember NIGERIA can only be built by “NIGERIANS” and even YOU can only be built “IF YOU LET YOURSELF.”
GOD bless you and God bless Nigeria!

 

 

Edwina

Edwina

Author