Female Development and Style

NYSC camp was one of the weird things that excited me just like going to boarding school.

I had heard a lot about the camp from waking up by 4 am to standing under the sun for hours with mean army officials and something about the experience and stories made me eager to experience camp.


Maybe I have suffer head enjoyment symptoms? I don’t even know what that means so let’s get to why I cried my first night at NYSC camp.

The day we were to resume camp, I woke up by 6 am because I had to get my health clearance from the hospital and find a good bed spot. I was carrying my box with everything I needed to survive in camp down the stairs and I sprained my ankle. I screamed mahnn. It was so painful.

That was where the issue started, my family members laughed and sympathized with me at the same time. Apparently, my busy body caused it.

We went to the hospital for my health clearance, was delayed but I got it and went to the camp around 3 with my ankle still hurting. A sis got an OK bed space and had to go for clearance immediately. At this point, my ankle was already swelling but did I stop moving up and down? Nope. I was excited about what I could not place my hands on and getting stressed because the system was created to stress you.

Abuja corper in NYSC camp

After the hours spent documenting and photocopying at high rates. It was time to retreat to the hostel.

We had a meeting with our hostel mistresses, they assured us that they were nice people if we follow the rules of keeping the hostel clean and getting inside on time because we had a curfew of 10 pm.

What will I be doing outside by 10 pm? I will be inside.

So, I cannot remember if it was the same day or the next, but my legs were already swelling, and it was becoming painful to walk. I had to go to the clinic to get it massaged or whatever was right.

My name was among those that were picked to clean up the hostel that day because we had a roaster, but I was in pain and had to go to the clinic.

I was led to the physiotherapist office and when he checked my leg, he told me it was in a bad condition, if I had come later it might have affected how I walked and I am there like really??? you mean, I won’t be able to catwalk like I always do? The ghetto!

It was a serious dislocation of some sort and he urgently requested for ice and all the extras, I was in pain, but I did hard guy. He may tell you otherwise.

I had to stay at the clinic, so I won’t have to go to the field because of my leg, I found a book called Rich dad, poor dad. I started reading it and it was amazing, when it was time for lunch, I went to help myself of course.

My issue started when I went back to the hostel and I found the mistress sitting outside with a mean ass soldier (his name is mosquito because he is small and deadly) she asking people their names before entering the hostel. When I mentioned mine, she asked if I was the Funke that did not sweep today and I started stammering because duh, it was me.

Abuja NYSC corper, nysc camp

So she instructed the soldier to pack out my things out of the hostel, mind you this was around 7,8 at night and there were 2 girls that did not have bed space, I heard the soldier said they were his “ogas pikin” apparently we were two that defaulted and she made the soldier follow us to our room and we brought our box, I had bandage on my leg, walking was painful and now this? I should be out in the dark with my bags and no place to sleep? I broke down and started crying. I was crying and this woman did not even look like she saw my tears and the bandage on my leg.

After minutes of kneeling to beg with zero compassion on her face, she told us to ask everyone in the hostel to come begging. So, we called everyone to beg her to allow us back and she agreed. I don’t know if I cried because of my leg, because I almost got kicked out or because the girls that came late were being treated specially and almost got my bed space.

NYSC corper, crying in NYSC camp

Seeing pictures of corpers celebrating that they were passing out made me happy, I was happy for them because they are done with the shitty system but also worried because it is a jungle out there.

Best of luck to everyone

You can read this post to help

How was your experience in NYSC camp? I’ll love to know
Love and light


  • Posted October 4, 2019 12:07 pm
    by Eromonsele Emmanuel

    I love how personal you got in this post. For me, nysc registration in camp was so hectic because I was down with fever on that day, I couldn’t even sleep in the camp.
    Anyways, I think since you were heading to the hospital, you should have gotten the medical report and treated the sprain at once…
    Sorry for your hurt and please don’t allow that experience make you think of nysc as a “shitty scheme”
    I was able to develop myself a lot within this one year and I learnt some skills and visited new places…
    It’s not always a waste of time it’s just how you make the best of it…
    Stay strong!

    • Posted October 4, 2019 12:41 pm
      by Olotu Funke

      You’re right. It’s not always a waste of time

      A reasonable human being would have treated themself at the hospital 😂😂😂

      So sorry you had fever, I’m glad you developed yourself with the scheme

  • Posted October 5, 2019 8:43 am
    by Durotimi

    Camp was great mostly because I knew most of my roomies from Ibadan. The soldiers were nice on their days. I felt the only downside was the food and hilly terrain.

    I’m glad you could retain your precious bed space.

    p.s I wrote more about my experience here

    • Posted October 5, 2019 9:16 am
      by Olotu Funke

      Ahhh.. knowing your roommates must have been great.

      I had great roommates too, happy about that.

      Will read soon

  • Posted October 5, 2019 11:06 am
    by Tosin aina

    Very horrible system.
    Never enjoyed camp or being excited about it.
    Sorry you went through that

  • Posted October 6, 2019 4:57 pm
    by Igene Ruth Obose

    Funke! Hahahaha my dear I am not even this excited just yet even after being delayed for a year! At least your ankle got better and you didn’t have to sleep outside. That would have been crazy dangerous. Nice piece tho!

    • Posted October 6, 2019 5:01 pm
      by Olotu Funke

      Thank you Ruth, I’m actually glad o because what would have been my story 😭😭

  • Posted October 8, 2019 7:48 pm
    by Desire Uba

    I’m so sorry you had to go through this, Funke. The things that happen in NYSC are so unnecessary. Nigerians love to misuse the small power they have.


    • Posted October 8, 2019 7:56 pm
      by Olotu Funke

      Ahhhhh.. Nigerians and misusing power. 1 and 2

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