The first Nigerian Medical Student’s Association (NIMSA) South West regional convention took place in Babcock University, Ilesan-remo, Ogun State from Wednesday 20th – Sunday 24th April 2016, and I was chosen amongst hundreds of AMSULites to attend. For the benefit of this post, AMSUL is the Association of Medical Students, University of Lagos.
We had to leave Lagos on Thursday instead of Wednesday because a lot of us had exams and we really couldn’t miss a lot of lectures. We paid 2,000 NGN for round trip transportation and 2,500 NGN delegate fee. This delegate fee covers accommodation, feeding and attendance to events.
The trip was uneventful and was approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. I was pumped with excitement basically, so I wasn’t stressed out like my UNIPORT trip (NIMSA Health Week 2015).
Babcock University, a Seventh day Adventist school, is a very beautiful school and has contemporary infrastructure. The environment is serene with beautiful hostels and an activity hall for every hostel.
I was opportune to stay in Queen Esther Hall, and tbh, it’s heaven compared to my dorm in LUTH. (I’m being honest here). Food was also served by the cafeteria and I finally tried the famous tofu. The portions were very filling and the tofu was really not that bad. Maybe because I just imagined I was eating meat.
The regional convention was packed with activities including a debate, which the great Obafemi Awolowo University won, public lectures delivered by great men, a tour of Babcock, a makeshift pool party, a caucus meeting, in which the ever popular Hamzat Bakare emerged the new chairman, and a dinner party that I anchored with Ade, a Babcock student.
In my opinion, Babcock University did a really good job hosting this event, especially considering that there are a lot, and I mean a lot of rules and regulations students need to adhere to. Some of which include:
- A strict vegetarian diet. i.e. no meat or fish, but tofu and egg
- 9:45pm curfew
- No coke/pepsi
- No trousers or jewelry
- No loud makeup
- No “dorcasing” (a Babcock student is the only person that can explain what this means).
- No cooking, as food is served in the cafeteria
In Babcock, Sabbath begins from Friday 6pm till Saturday 6pm. I attended the Friday evening service, and the Saturday morning service and I had an amazing time in God’s presence. The Choir was ON POINT and the message on compassion was really life changing.
My Babcock experience will be nothing without my baby girls, Fiona, Zuliat, Mary Jane, Gbemi, Tolu, Irene, Ope, Simi, Nonso, Rukky baby, Somto, Naomi, Ojima and so much more (I can’t list everyone *tears*). You guys made it such an exciting experience! During my visit, I felt like a Babcock student and not just a delegate. I love you guys!
In conclusion, this was an amazing experience. I got to see how other Nigerian medical students survive. Apart from my baby girls, I also made friends amongst other medical students from the south west region. I also want to commend the local organizing committee and the regional executives for a job well done.