Listed and first reviewed on: 09/16/14

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    I must start by saying, the first write up was rather enlightening and I can say a good review and judgement of NYSC as a whole but that being said, everyone would eventually have their own views and experiences and for me, I didn’t like my NYSC, and well probably because I was not open to being in a different environment and living standard. So to start I was posted to Oyo state which I was happy about at first being that I reside in Lagos and even if everyone said Lagos camp was easy , I actually wanted to experience a different state and what it had to offer and luckily despite my mum having tried to work it to Lagos, I got Oyo, the journey was nice, long though but I was up for it…upon getting there which was late, I think all the good spaces in the camp for beds had been taking but oh well I got a bed and a bunkmate who seemed friendly but nah I was definitely having a mood don’t necessarily like crowd and 20 or more in a room is definitely crowd for me, I went to a private Uni, maybe that contributed, anyways the next most irritating part which is very crucial to wherever I stay is the bathroom/Toilet, so we had to bath in an open space that was fenced, and it was definitely manageable over the first few days but definitely that faded over time, and added up to no water on some occasions left hygiene and toilet to the wind, I had to look for a way out, I was so miserable, I locked up, wasn’t open to talking with anyone as I was puzzled how so many people went about life being confined here with all this living updo, anyways I eventually lied that I had previous toilet infection and had to be moved and I got a good move. I met a Friend who made it her personal mission to see me on a lighter and a bit happy with my experience because she sure as hell did..anyways moving on to the 1 year I was posted to a a freaking village named ”Iganna” and once again I tried to have an open mindset to Nysc experience but I just couldn’t. I wasn’t that girl, I had to fetch water daily from wells located different sites of the village, Oh! no this wasn’t life, pooping in nylons and bushes, …hell no! and to top it teaching in a school setting that seemed like all they wanted to be was pluck mangoes, speak Yoruba only and flirt around,. I was atleast pleased with the self contained room I lived in, I tried to make it as modern as I could with fansm cupbaorads, electric cooker, laptop, but everyone knew I definitely wasn’t fit in the setting, the way I spoke, dressed, my likes, what I complained about, I eventually was lucky I had one excuse or the other and any chance I had I was out and back to Lagos civilization.. I will end it here but I don’t agree to Nysc, Iit might have opened doors to some that can and have the ability to be open to new experiences and living but I couldn’t and many more like me definitely can’t but I’m sure it is a good experience everyone should go through but probably not for one

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    Efe really speaks like the outsiders , not her fault , not at all. With everything you mentioned as yah qualification I see no reason why u cannot cope even a clumsy enviroment…don’t wait for the cleaners and try sleeping closer to the window

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    Very good write up and i like the enthusiasm shown by the writer.

    NYSC is a very good idea and i love the intention behind the project; but i certainly do have my reservations. Idealy i’ll blame the government for the most part, but thats not fair considering we all have roles to play to make it a great experience.

    The living condition in ipaja is not conducive….the toilets, sleeping arrangements, uniforms, food are all sub-par; and these are the common issues known by most of us. There are sooo many understated problems in this program and perhaps i need to do another piece to highlight them extensively.

    Anyway, i think the NYSC experience can be great for some and really bad for others… the latter was the case for me.

    I got 2weeks left to complete mine and i certainly cannot wait to be done with this program.

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    Lovely write up by Greatness.
    If only those preparing for NYSC can read this write up before going, they would make better use of the experience rather than complain.
    For those who understand, that 1 year of NYSC could be a used to build a very strong foundation to build the rest of ones life on.
    If I had read something like this before going for my NYSC in 2005, I probably would have used it more productively.
    Though I served in one remote place in Enugu state, the experience was worth it.

    Nice work Efe G.
    And just to mention, Efe is someone I know can fit into any place she wants to.

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      hi Wilson Gboneme, i just got posted to enugu(agwu) and being a foreign student I’m very worried about surviving there . i would appreciate it if you can please tell me about the camp and things i should know or bring with me? awaiting your response

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    I know Efe to some degree, and with my knowledge of her, I think she will fit in perfectly. ‘She will be the perfect specimen’. I actually see her as an individual that can use her little resources to create strong change, whether outside or inside Nigeria.

    Okay lets be clear, no one said you should ditch your job. Secondly, most of your complaints are like you are living in another reality. “A camp is not meant to foster convenience, Discovery channel and National Geographic have got many examples”.

    Finally I end with an Igbo proverb: “A woman that has been told the baby will bite during pregnancy can believe, howbeit when she herself experiences pregnancy, she will make her own personal conclusion.”

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    Efe is really living a good life. And I know it will be difficult for you to fit in the nysc system. For all the experience,ur job,the conducive and secure environment in the US, I personally won’t advice you to ditch them just for Nysc sake. I think you might get exemptions,if u still choose to comeback. As for all the poor facilities and infrastructures in the nysc camp…dats Nigeria for u, I don’t think it will change anytime soon.

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      LOL at living a good life! I think I can fit in to be honest. I just think the conditions for serving can serve as a deterrent to move back…

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    Wow! Thanks so much for sharing! I think this is a different spin on what we usually hear about NYSC. I find it interesting that you mentioned you are learning tailoring…not sure how that’d fit into the resume. But it’s cool you are teaching and feel like you can make an impact.

    Here’s my thing though: I’ve lived outside of Nigeria for about 6+ years now. I went to college in the US, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to other parts of the world, and currently work in “Corporate America”. I travel pretty frequently for work too (I’m a Consultant) and have had some very challenging and rewarding experiences so far. I also volunteer in my community; I mentor high school and college kids, assist with feeding the homeless, etc. My pay is pretty decent and I like to think I’m comfortable.

    Now, if for example, I decide to move back home today I’d have to do NYSC right? I’m not sure I can quickly see the additional skillsets I’d be adding to my resume by participating in this program, but I can see how I’d be serving my country and hopefully pouring into someone else’s life. That’s fine with me. But my issue is this: Why can’t the govt assist me in serving my country in an environment that promotes cleanliness and proper hygiene? Why would I have to room with about 35+ other people and mosquitoes would be biting me? Why will you pay me only 20k!?!? And why are my uniforms made of subpar material to the extent that I’d have to get it stitched frequently?!!?!

    If you say I should serve, I will serve. But at least meet me half way!

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