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Episode 1

It was a day i have been waiting for, the final list is yet to be announced as we all gathered at the Medical Reception Center inside the barracks awaiting the arrival Commander in charge of the screening exercise to come out with the list of the successful applicants that will be going to Depot Nigeria Army in Zaria, Kaduna State. The tension was high at that moment as everybody was praying seriously,  i couldn’t help myself that very moment because i have suffered a lot to get to the last stage of the screening exercise. I kept on hoping in God for a better result, the tension was still very very high when the Brigadier General came out of the office with the list in his hand. My heart was beating faster as if it’s going to pound out, everywhere was silent like a grave yard as we all listen to the General. After commending our effort, He handed over the list to the physical training officer and he started calling out the names!
Lagos, Ondo and Ogun state were the three states that took part in the exercise, Lagos state list came first, followed by Ondo state and then my state Ogun state. My name was number 8th on the list, out of 95 selected applicants from each state. I was very happy and at the same time unhappy. I was happy because in the next 6 months, my dream of becoming a soldier will come true but i was unhappy because out of 7 of us staying in a room during the exercise, i was the only shortlisted applicant. How do i celebrate my victory among the rest of my friends when they did not make the final list. The General addressed all successful applicants again and congratulated us, he further exclaimed that it is not our effort that brought us to the last stage as there are lot of people out there that are still better than us but God has choosen us and we should give all thanks to God. He ordered the officer to give each of us the list of requirements we are to come along with next tomorrow. We will all assembly at the same spot and move to Kaduna state for the full training. He then dismissed us and we all went to our various ways after the collection of the requirements list. I called my mum to inform her of the successful completion of the screening and that i have been shortlisted among the applicants. She was happy and i told her that i will be in Sango in some minute’s time Abeokuta to Sango is just about 45 minutes drive. I left the barracks immediately in order for me to b able to prepare against next tomorrow because i still need to put something’s in place and at the same time hustle for money so that i can buy the required items.

Episode 2

When i got home my mum welcomed me, she asked me if i have informed my twin brother and i said yes. I am Taiwo while my twin brother is Kenny. We not too identical and that’s why i don’t normally do things together despite the fact that we came to this world with the same placenta. My dad on the other hand wasn’t on my side, he wasn’t even the one that signed my form when i purchased it. All these things happened because he choose not to value is own children, i persuaded my elder brother to do the signing aspect for me. When i told my dad about my plans, he did not alter a single word, he just look at me and continue watching his television. I left him with the determination that i will go and come back and he will be surprise by my progress.
That night i place a call to one of my friend, is name is bode, we went to the same secondary school, bode did not have the intension of going to high institution right from our secondary just because he knew he is not that good academically. He has made up his mind to go and learn bricklayer as soon as he finishes with his final examination (WAEC). While the phone is still ringing the thought of getting a positive answer ran through my mind.

Me: Phone still Ringing
Bode: Hello
Me: Guy how far now
Bode: Bobo I’m fine ooo
Me: How is your side
Bode: Not too bad.. We’re pushing it little by little
Me: Let just keep thanking God for the gift of life
Bode: Yeah! This one that you call by this time of the day, hope there is no problem?
Me: Guy i just need a little help from you
Bode: Haba! u be my padi now, just name it i will give u if i have it
Me: U know i told u about my plan joining the Army
Bode: Yeap! Sure!! Sure!!! The tin don work?
Me: Yes! Am shortlisted among the successful applicant
Bode: Guy congratulation ooo… At least if u come back i will be looking for troubles especially those omo onile (Area Boys) that use to disturb us at site.
Me: Leave me alone! That’s not my problem
Bode: Then what’s your problem, u suppose to be happy by now.
Me: We are asked to report back to Abeokuta next tomorrow with some required items and we will be leaving for Kaduna that same day. But my main problem is that i did not have enough money to get all those things we were asked to bring.
Bode: That’s a big problem ooo
Me: Am telling u
Bode: So what’s the next thing now
Me: I don’t know if i can follow you to site tomorrow so that i will work as a labourer, at least i will use the money to buy some of those items
Bode: That’s a good idea brother! I will tell my boss about it as soon as we dropped now. I’m very sure he would allow you
Me: Thanks so much ( In a soft voice)
Bode: You welcome! So how did u intend getting the rest of the money
Me: I have called my elder brother and my elder sister but no positive response. My mum said she will also look for means by tomorrow morning
Bode: Ok! I will come along with the 4,000 Naira am having too. I will give it to you tomorrow at site
Me: Thanks so much, am very very grateful
Bode: That’s why we are friends
Me: Thanks so much
Bode: No problem brother Good night!
Me: Good night, see you tomorrow
Bode: Alright…. Hang Up….

I was very happy at that moment. Bode is indeed a good friend, i thought to myself.

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My name is Moshood Lukman Ayobami, Born on 27th November, 1995, Studied my Secondary School at Babjo Divine College Ikirun Osun State, am currently lives in Nigeria, i like to share education news from various source of institution, i created Starcoded to serve as a rigid or legal platform to disseminate quality, credible and dependable information regarding various happenings in Nigeria education system. i strive to keep Nigerian youths and students informed

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