This story is dedicated to all Corp members
currently serving and all ex- Corp member
Nationwide. May God bless our hustle! Long
Live Nigeria!
Also a special dedication to a friend, who we
both camped together in Kangere, Samuel
Okonta who lost his life (while serving his
fatherland) during the River state election on
the 19th of March 2016. Rest in Peace

The Build up to how it all began
22nd of October 2015 was a day I won’t
forget in my life. Prior to the reports and
news going nationwide that the call up letter
would be released on the 21st of October, I
put a call through to Ugo and Dare popularly
known as vision 2020. I called them to check
at their offices (since I don’t have an internet
connection here) to know if truly the call up
letter has been released. Ugo later called
back and gave a negative report. Vision also
called back and gave the same negative
report and that really made me tensed. I
hardly think of anything else rather than
seeing the state I am being posted to and let
preparation begins in full.
Am sure you might be wondering who I am.
I am Ola Olowo born into a family of three, all
males and also the last born of the family. An
art student, and also the first person in my
family to go for NYSC. Being one of the guys
wey sabi schools for my department, lots of
my course mates had to call me to get the
latest information about the call up letter
then I decided to check different sites to gets
latest information about it. I visited Nairaland
and I saw different post of people also
waiting for the NYSC batch B call up letter for
Then something struck my mind. TWITTER.
That’s the fastest place to get information on
anything and any latest going all round the
world. I searched for the NYSC official twitter
handled I got it, followed the handle, and
keeping tabs with all the activities going on

From their twitter handle, I got latest updates
on it and I never stopped checking and
refreshing the tweets on their timeline.
Nigerian students are one of the best in the
world. Come see insult upon insults. Am sure
the operator of the NYSC twitter handle must
be really pissed off. While some were asking
good and meaningful question, some were
raining curses and abuses on NYSC,
comparing the release of the NYSC call up
letter with the long awaited ministerial list
long ago which was delayed by our able
It was Past 3pm, something tells me to check
the twitter handle again. I picked up my Nokia
x2 palasa phone which I have been using for
over 4years, (don’t mind me, is Nigeria
economy cause am) opened the browser and
straight to NYSC handle and began to see
testimonies of some peoples saying they’ve
checked and printed their call up letter. I
couldn’t believe it though and I needed to
confirm from at least 3 people before
spreading the news round to my guys who
were anxiously waiting too. After confirming
from 3 people from the handle, I decided to
call Ugo.
Me: Ochuko, e don happen o
Ugo: Olowo, you better talk true because
tension wan kill me for here o
Me: sure, I have confirmed it on their twitter
account. Please check and call me back.
After dropping the call, I put a call across to
vision and iya ijo. I was feeling uneasy and
kept walking up and down the office like a
husband whose wife is inside the labour
room waiting for the doctor’s arrival for a
good news.
I started navigating the quality control office,
to my office, then to the darkroom. After
waiting for like forever for Ugo’s call, I
decided to call him myself.
Me: Ugo, waiting dey worry you now? You
want make I do orientation camp for hospital
Ugo: (sighs) Olowo na Yobe ooo

To be continued


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