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The New Reality After Nysc by okekefranklin(m): 7:01pm On Jan 06
You wake up today, overly jubilant that the journey you compulsorily embarked on some months back is coming to a justifiable end. You smile. It is a day you have wished for since you were lured into that quasi-prison of a camp by an act you don’t know when it was enacted. What you know, however, is that today represents a grand finale for you and your ilk and must be celebrated on a high-note without a blink.
Aboard a bus on your way to the ground where that thick-papered document will be given to you as an evidence of your struggle on the khaki for the past eleven months, you begin to romanticize the jobs you have applied for a fourth night ago; the federal job promise by one alhaji you expertly arranged female otondos for, the electric moments with Sola, the frolicking and romantic twists with Aisha and the subtle smooching with Ijeoma that night in the family house. You smile.

Your phone beeps. You draw your pattern and it lets you in. Therein lies Ifunanya’s message. Oh your camp crush. You scribble a message back. You recall giving her your ATM at POS point in the camp; the way she had withdrawn twenty thousand naira with it and helped you squander it with wild abandon on the carnival day. Vengeance surges up in your head and you scribble another message asking her for a date after the POP. She accedes. Yes. You must take from her, albeit in another form, what was taken from you.

Immediately you arrive the POP ground, energetically, you alight the bus. You see some of your platoon members and teary smiles trickle out your face. What a small world. You hug one another as though by so doing, your inability to communicate ever since you left camp would be appeased, as though the world was coming to an unforeseen expiration. Thin lines of emotion wrinkle your face as you walk about waiting for that esteemed document. Some minutes from now, demands of nature will steal you away from many friends – the ugly, bad and the good ones, you agree. There are many of them you wish to have around forever and some you wish death. Instant death. This reawakens in you, the stale memory of the fiery face of your Local Government Inspector; how he victimized you because he caught you one ugly Sunday afternoon sneaking stealthily away from Sola’s lodge, how he made you walk bare-footed on a CDS day because, just like other big NYSC outlaws, you wore your white timberland shoes to CDS. He is one of those in your death-wish list.

It gets to your turn and you gladly, with two hands, collect the much awaited document. You cast a gleeful look at it and therein is your passport and your name stylishly but correctly inscribed on it. It is yours. Your medal. The summation of your twelve months struggle. Right about now, it is to you, like the king in a draughtboard which must not be killed, but must help drive your way to success. You immediately enlist with others, in the congratulatory exchange, and you feel the tints of affectation which your actions exude. You think it’s just the final thing you owe some good-natured people around.
Now at home, you are bracing up for the high-end party. You call Ifunanya. She is not picking up the call. You try again, again and again, but to no avail. A vain attempt it is. In agony, anxiety, you pull off your khaki and slip into your stock jean and T-shirt. To the party you go, some thousands from your last allawee in your pocket. You drink and got drunk and that was it. The POP is over.

A month coasts by, life pushes you into a sudden realization of the next stage. Your bank sends you an end-of-month statement of account but non for credit alert. Then you unconsciously begin to forget Sola and her wide hips, Aisha and her meaty lips, Ijeoma and her pointedly ovoid breast and Ifunanya, eyes of a mermaid. You now constantly refresh your inbox. You see jobberman, Ngcareers, hotjob, and their likes advertising for ghostly jobs. You are already tired of sending applications through them but with listlessness, and dying hope, you continue to apply.

Another month elapses, you haven’t heard from Alhaji who you arranged some female otondos for. Disappointingly, you dial his number. Good God, he picks but he now speaks core Hausa for you. You begin to explain and explain yourself but the line goes dead. You dial it again but he is too busy to pick it. A blow. Frustration sets in. The money in your account is already turning a red eye.

Another month glides away and you have to recourse to something for income.Yes. Soccer betting. Elated at the idea, you yank your computer open, slotted in your modem and there you are. You open an account with bet9ja, nairabet and merrybet. You are good to go. You must play your way out of this looming poverty, you tell yourself.

The fourth month is edging closer and you are still poor. Bet9ja, nairabet, and merrybet have collected their share from your dwindling coffers. Increasingly, your poverty level is becoming undeniably alarming and you can barely feed at the moment. Ouch! What a world.
As you celebrate the end of your service year today, do not allow this to be your story…

OKEKE FRANKLIN N. (unnobzava.com)

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Re: The New Reality After Nysc by ghostwritter(m): 11:31am On Jan 07
So on point.

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Re: The New Reality After Nysc by albacete(m): 11:45am On Jan 11
Apt
Re: The New Reality After Nysc by veekid(m): 6:51am On Jan 12
Hussle

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Re: The New Reality After Nysc by cooldipo(m): 6:52am On Jan 12
grin cheesy
Re: The New Reality After Nysc by 99foxxy(f): 6:52am On Jan 12
Struggle continues.

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Re: The New Reality After Nysc by mrphysics(m): 6:53am On Jan 12
Let me take a sit and an ear piece and enjoy your story.

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Re: The New Reality After Nysc by kindy51(m): 6:56am On Jan 12
Hmmm cry
Re: The New Reality After Nysc by mysyto(m): 6:56am On Jan 12
so on point

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Re: The New Reality After Nysc by ThinkSmarter(m): 7:02am On Jan 12
honestly life is not easy for so many graduates out there.
i don't know if it is overpopulation, considering d no. of graduates produced yearly. or lack of institutions to absorb them or our govt insensitiveness.
it is a pity that most naija graduates hv resorted to commercial bike/tricyle riding, sports betting to survive.
many of them tending 2wards 35years without hope of settling down.
And instead of d stupid govt to empower her youths that served them with dedication and selflessness 4 1year, they rather choose insignificant number on a 1000/day contract job.
#ShameOnTheGovernment.

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Re: The New Reality After Nysc by brenister10: 7:02am On Jan 12
Good write up. You said it all

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Re: The New Reality After Nysc by aminu790(m): 7:03am On Jan 12
Continue OP
You blame God
Blame village people.

On the home front, some of your siblings' chores become your duty. Why? Because you are not much use in the house. For every meal you eat,
every time you go to bed, each time you sit idly, parents want you tasked.

Your value continues to drop on a per-second basis. It feels like nobody cares about you for anything.

Your happiness is taken away from you by unseen forces.

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Re: The New Reality After Nysc by overhypedsteve(m): 7:03am On Jan 12
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Re: The New Reality After Nysc by ilyasom(m): 7:03am On Jan 12
Story of my life

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Re: The New Reality After Nysc by ABIOLAXYZ(m): 7:04am On Jan 12
Life after service is a new world entirely.

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Re: The New Reality After Nysc by drips8(m): 7:06am On Jan 12
just life in nigeria
Re: The New Reality After Nysc by ThankGodEdeh(m): 7:11am On Jan 12
My brother, you nailed it.

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Re: The New Reality After Nysc by kqudus(m): 7:12am On Jan 12
story that touch

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Re: The New Reality After Nysc by SwaGUnLimiTeD(m): 7:13am On Jan 12
Nigeria is the biggest scam cry

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Re: The New Reality After Nysc by Amanyanabo(m): 7:14am On Jan 12
After service, reality sets in
Re: The New Reality After Nysc by Napsterworld(m): 7:18am On Jan 12
Such a lovely piece... U forgot to add soon ur value fall at the sight of family, friends and even gfs wailing at u to bring goodies as a final big boy.. Indeed the Hustle continue..

P. S If ur Hustle no click and alhaji does not pick.. Try poetry..

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Re: The New Reality After Nysc by zionmde: 7:19am On Jan 12
To every graduate on the street, never give up
tell urself its success or nothing.
make a decision and stand by it. Go and learn that carpentry job, go and learn being an electrician go and learn that tiling job go and learn some skills. U don't have to pay just ask a skilled worker to permit u go to work with him we never he has a job.One sure way to get a job is to get exposed to working environment.
Stop sleeping at home start walking get up. it has never been easy and it will never be able easy

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Re: The New Reality After Nysc by smithclito: 7:26am On Jan 12
I reserve my comment
Re: The New Reality After Nysc by koolcat: 7:27am On Jan 12
hahaha the naijabet part got me.!
Re: The New Reality After Nysc by Ejyksneh(m): 7:30am On Jan 12
Wow! I will never experience any of it after service, Amen

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Re: The New Reality After Nysc by JerryQ: 7:30am On Jan 12
I still tell people that after service is one of the most important times in your life cos then you have to make major decisions that affects your life forever: Town to settle in, Career choice , Marriage decision............... It is not a time to relax feeling the battle is over. Parents are also needed at this time to guide/support their children in every way cos they might still be needing some money from you like in their uni days. Most female understands this so well and quickly picks job to keep them going but most guys just sit at home applying and applying

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Re: The New Reality After Nysc by izzy4shizzy(m): 7:35am On Jan 12
Advice to serving corpers,
While serving the only thing you should think about nd wotk towards is life after service, not life during service

Some of them carry the work of the ppa on thier asif they are buhari, forgeting to build themselves nd thinking or not even thinking for that matter that the federal govt gives a rat ass abt them..

Anyway for those who didnt learn, reality has a way of teaching you if u like it or not

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Re: The New Reality After Nysc by Divay22(f): 7:36am On Jan 12
Life after school /service The real deal
Re: The New Reality After Nysc by izzy4shizzy(m): 7:37am On Jan 12
Ejyksneh:
Wow! I will never experience any of it after service, Amen

You wont only of you meticulously plan your life from when yo get to camp till you leave..cos facing the streets of Nigeria without adequate preparation can make.you insane ...
Re: The New Reality After Nysc by classicalbenson(m): 7:40am On Jan 12
this nysc poo is becoming scary....chai

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Re: The New Reality After Nysc by chiedu7: 7:40am On Jan 12
sad

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