Hi guys, how was your week? Mine was a roller coaster of emotions. I guess motivation is a drug that should be taken daily.

The title of this post is a bit funny and unconventional I know but I figured it was high time I wrote it because I’m at a point in my life where I have decided to be shameless about my goals, what I want to do with my life and where I want to be in the nearest future. Hopefully someone would be able to relate.

Shameless (adj) ;Not feeling ashamed of behaving in a way that people do not approve of.

This is the context in which I will be using the word in today’s post.

You know it’s not just when you do something “bad” that people don’t approve of right? People might not approve of a major career change, a lifestyle change, your fashion choices, a bold decision to turn your life around for good. Sometimes it’s pure bad belé (jealousy), other times it’s because they don’t know better or they are simply projecting their own fears on you. Either way don’t! I repeat don’t let them stop you.

Over the years I have lost some opportunities because I have been too ashamed to come out and say  that I want something. For many reasons which could include people don’t see you that way, you aren’t qualified enough for it, you aren’t popular enough, you aren’t as beautiful as the other people doing it, you aren’t as smart as those people, you are wierd, you could never fit in and that would laugh or tag you as desperate or over-ambitious but what eventually happens is that you lose the opportunity to someone who isn’t necessarily “better” than you are but more confident (who has no shame going after what they want).

For example when I was still in the university I would never come out for a leadership position even if I wanted it except it was handed to me. Like people needed to see me as worthy or deserving of it and validate me. I figured that way nobody could say nothing. Lol

Well guess what? when you live your life waiting for things to be “handed” to you, you’ll get scraps or nothing at all. I mean, nobody is going to just hand over the position of President to you.

Ever experienced someone being picked over you for a position because you were too scared of rejection to apply, indicate interest or contest for? and then the person later comes to you for advise on how to do the simplest things related to that position?

It’s so annoying! Like “I should be the one doing this”!

What’s even more annoying is when a person who really doesn’t care or want something gets picked over you who wants it so badly and would do a greater job. This happened to me during my youth service year. I wanted to be president of my CDS so bad but I never said it. I was chosen as VP and the guy that was eventually picked as president when things got rough, would never pass up an opportunity to say “I never wanted this” , “I’m too busy for this” .Never!

I am not saying that everytime you go for something like a job or position you badly want or are qualfied for you’ll get it. what I’m saying and trust me on this one is that in future, the “shame” of not being picked or accepted won’t feel half as bad as the regret from not even trying.

By virtue of nature(not to brag), I always get noticed when I’m  in a group and responsibilities eventually fall on me which always makes me an active part of the team. The problem with this is that you are just sitting there and letting people decide what they think you can or can’t do. There are so many things you are great at and people can’t see it because you haven’t shown it. So don’t blame them when they pick someone else who has come out in the open (shamelessly) to actually say “I can do this”

People won’t always approve of you but don’t let that shrink you into who you are not. Instead of sitting around and expecting things to miraculously “fall on you” you should start being more vocal, intentional and shameless about the things that you want.

Stand up, come out of the crowd, say you want it, say you can do it, show them that nothing can stop you, keep pushing for it, let people laugh and say whatever they want, just keep putting yourself out there and remember that the more NOs you get the closer you are getting to your YES!

As for me I want to be an INFLUENCE in my generation! A FORCE to be reckoned with in the world’s creative space.

NOW is the time to be shameless about those goals!

Let me end with this quote…

“There are people less qualified than you, doing the things you want to do, simply because they decided to believe in themselves. Period”. – Unknown

Thanks for reading. Feel free to drop any comments or questions you might have below.

Till next time..byeeee

Hi guys, hope your week is going great? I have been putting in so much effort to be as positive and optimistic as possible about my life, my plans and goals and so far it is working. I’m content, happy and ready to take it one step at a time. After all, the joy is in the process not the destination.

I’m moved to write this blog post not because I have it all figured out but because I want to encourage someone out there who might be going through these struggles as a content creator.  While I don’t like to put myself into a box because there is so much more to me than being a content creator I sometimes refer to myself as that.

What is content creation? It is the contribution of information to any media, mostly digital media for an end-user/audience in specific contexts. (Wikipedia)

What you need to ask yourself is as a content creator what do I want to contribute to the online world?

For me, going into bogging was less about the money and more about connecting with people and making impact. Helping people become a better version of themselves by sharing my experiences and what I have learnt over the years.

When I got into blogging, entertainment and gossip blogs were all the rage because they had more traffic and made more money. That’s not me!

I started my blog in 2017, for self-expression and because of this my life has taken a whole new turn. I have been exposed to an online community full of brilliant minds most of which I follow to gain from their wealth of experiences or pick up a thing or two that would be beneficial to me and my blog. Somewhere along the line, this move started to backfire. I was struggling to put out content because I kept comparing myself to these other bloggers. I took a long break from blogging because according to me I wasn’t getting things right, my pictures were not good enough and my content needed to be tweaked a little you know to look more like theirs. I was down and even considered shutting down my blog. I had been so exposed to these people and their lives and what their own idea of blogging was that I was losing myself into the crowd.

 

I use mostly instagram to connect people with my blog and recently a lot of trends were popping up. New ways of editing pictures, organising your feed, updating your insta stories and so on, it was becoming so overwhelming and distracting me from my own ideas. I am unique and yes I want to create content for people to read and enjoy but if I have to do it like everyone else what’s the point. And while I am very open to learning in my field, I discovered that I was uninterested in learning some of those things and trying to keep up did me more harm than good.

Before these people and their techniques of doing things, I wanted to create content, I had my own ideas, but suddenly they were no good because it didn’t look like what these other bloggers were doing. I felt like I wasn’t creative at all. I was following them for inspiration but sometimes it can backfire, leading you to comparing and ultimately loosing yourself.

So I decided to go back to my drawing board, notes I had made a long time ago before I started blogging. I laughed and it made me realise how far I had deviated from the plan. People! I cannot overemphasize the importance of writing your ideas and visions down. If you aren’t used to writing please start, if you can’t keep a notebook and pen download a note app on your mobile device. I use Colour note, it is very easy to use and helps me organise my thoughts.

Later that week, I went to my instagram page and unfollowed a bunch of these bloggers and influencers. Not because I had any beef with them but for my own peace of mind. So that I could get back to doing my thing my way. Would I follow them back again? Probably, but not anytime soon.

I’m just going to be me! Whether anybody likes it or not. What’s the essence of being a creative if you can’t be unique and bring something different to the table? Even if nobody will pay me for it, I find joy in expressing myself, not channelling someone else all in the name of inspiration or trying to monetize content.

While I currently blog and run a printing and fashion business. I know that I have a whole lot more to put out there in terms of content. Looking into video content as well, your girl ain’t going no where! Hehehe

I hope you enjoyed reading? Let me know what you think in the comment section.

Till next time.

Byeeeeeeeeee!

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Hi guys, it’s been ages I know, I’m not even going to give any excuses even though I have tons. I’ll just promise to be more consistent on here.

 

Today’s blog post as the title implies is about feeling like a copycat. Growing up, a lot of us heard and used the word ‘copycat’. It simply means someone who adopts, copies, imitates or adopts the same behaviour or practices of someone else.

I’m talking about this because these days, in the creative space people seem to throw that word around a lot. Persons that provide products or services that are FAR from original will be quick to point out smaller or emerging persons as copycats. This is bad for creatives because it instils fear in them and affects their creativity and willingness to push out their ideas.

The thing with Ideas is that they can come up at any time. While sleeping, eating, in the shower, walking on the streets, having a conversation with your friend, basically anywhere. It might be starting a business, a blog, YouTube channel, fashion brand or even building an app. You’ll feel excited, like you finally found that thing that would change the game. You’ll start to think about how the idea might really turn out great if you dedicate your time and resources to it. After you write down your ideas you may decide to tell a friend about it and they casually tell you about someone they’ve seen do something similar or you just might stumble across that exact thing online. How many people have experienced this? I know I have. *sighs*

Whenever I have an idea I usually just Google to see if someone is already doing it or something similar and not so surprisingly I find that tons of people have had that same idea and even successfully executed it either on a small or large scale. No doubt that can take a whole chunk of your excitement and confidence. Then your idea doesn’t feel so special anymore. You start to doubt if you can be as great as the other ones you saw and the fear of being labelled a copycat creeps in, especially if the other person is more popular than you are. The voices in your head will start telling you it will never work and it’s at this stage a lot of people just discard the idea and convince themselves they never really wanted it.

So what does it mean when you have an idea that already exists? Do you go for it anyway? Does going for it regardless make you are a copycat? Does it mean you should abandon it and wait for some other idea?

GO FOR IT! Let whoever, say whatever. Remember no one is you and that your greatest strength, nobody can do it like you can. Even if we both have the same ideas our execution, creative input or process and even output cannot be the exact same As long as you have genuine passion for it, you’ll bring something different to the table.

I personally don’t know how possible it is to create an idea that is 100% original in this age and time and quite frankly constantly avoiding doing things that someone has already done is such an impossible way to live your life. It might protect you from failing, but it also holds you back from living, trying and succeeding. Lots of ideas will never see the light of day because we are avoiding stepping on toes or being called names. So if you have an idea that’s dear to your heart and you haven’t executed because someone else is doing it, you can still do it. Give your ideas a chance, you might even become more ‘successful’.

 

With that being said I also want to encourage you to be smart, but also not hasty about your ideas. If you refuse to execute an idea that you have, someone else will. There are brains, talents and people willing to do it if you don’t. The true power of an idea lies in its execution.

The world needs both your dreams and your actions. You have a different voice, perspective, and your own thoughts on any issue as just as valid and as necessary in the public conversation. Break out of fear, keep creating what you want to create and make it as public as you can.

Till next time. Byeeeeeeeee!

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Happy new year guys! I hope the year 2018 is off to a great start for you?

It’s the fourth day of the year already, you know what they say “time waits for no man”.

So without further ado I’ld like to get started with my goals for this year, some of which I’d be sharing in this post. As well as what to expect from wandebokinni.com this year.

In my last post here, I talked about the importance of setting goals and why you need to write them out. It’s not enough to keep your goals in your head, writing them out serves as a reminder and helps you focus on carrying out the activities needed to bring those goals to life.

Now I really wanted to get a 2018 planner, one for personal use and another for the blog and this was supposed to cost about N10,000 to N15,000. But I didn’t plan properly for it, instead I decided to improvise with an old empty diary I found at home.

I promise you that at the end of 2018 I will be sharing how you don’t need a fancy planner to write out and achieve your goals. What it takes is dedication to what you have written out.

I also talked about creating a vision board and I’ll be showing you how i created mine in my next blog post.

Moving along….

I’d start with my goals for the blog.

I’m going to put up 2 posts a week. (Thursdays and Sundays)

Expect some “how-to posts” I mean I should be able to teach my readers to do some of the things I’m good at.

I’m adding a “FASHION CATEGORY” to my blog. I’m actually more into personal style but in the spirit of evolving and exploring I’ll be sharing my take on the latest fashion trends on here. Watch out!

I will be putting out more travel related content.

I’ll be having give-aways for my blog readers.

Expect featured posts and collaborations with other bloggers

I really want to take my blog to a whole new level with exciting and engaging content for my readers.

As for personal goals,

●Spiritual growth tops the list. This year, I’m getting closer to God.

● I’m getting my dream job

● I’m starting my fashion business

● Building better relationships

●Engaging in capacity building (taking courses, reading books, attending seminars that will make me a better person)

I shared all these with you guys so that I’ld be more committed to doing them and I’ll have people to check me if I get lazy or unmotivated.

what’s your plan for 2018? Are you going to be intentional about it or are you just going to let life happen to you?

Feel free to share your thoughts or suggestions in the comment section below.

Season’s Greetings beautiful people. I hope you enjoyed your Christmas celebrations as much as I did mine? I spent mine at home with my family, cooking, eating and watching TV. I really wanted to do a Christmas look book on here but wordpress wasn’t letting me upload pictures. So I promise to do one next year.

This is the last post for this year and I’m talking about 5 things you need to do before the year 2017 runs out!

Enjoy!

1. Declutter
Most times when people see this word all they can think of is their rooms or closets. Yes, you should clean out your closet, take out damaged things or things you know you won’t need anymore. Give them out, sell or throw them away. This way you would be able to find your favourite items and create room for new ones.

However, the second aspect of decluttering I’m talking about here is decluttering your mind. Don’t harbor feelings of failure, disappointment and betrayal caused by experiences in 2017. Let go of resentments, because you can’t afford to take a heavy heart into year 2018. Accept the gift of a fresh start that 2018 brings.

2. Set goals and write them out

It could be personal goals or goals for your business. You can get a 2018 planner or any hard cover notebook and date it yourself. The most important thing is that you write them out because doing that gives life to those goals and increases the odds of achieving them.

You can also create a vision board. A vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life. The great thing about vision boards is that they help clarify your goals and keep you focused. There aren’t any specific rules, just do what works for you. I’m gonna make one for myself and show you how I go about it in another blog post.

3. Sort out your finances.
So I know the holidays got us spending money on shopping for gifts, clothes, food, and many other things. Some people even dipped into their savings (I’m not judging you) but now that the holidays are over (asides New Year’s) you need to sit down, get your accounts in order so that you’ll get a clear picture of where you are now and also be ready for your next income.

4. Reconnect with yourself and your purpose 
As human beings we are engaged in so many activities and there is constantly so much going on around us that we loose ourselves. You can’t even remember why you are doing what you are doing now, maybe you are afraid of change or you might be trying to please family members or friends. You need to sit back, block out all that noise and ask yourself quality questions for example:
What’s stopping me from living the life I want?
What would I really love to do with my life?
Why am I not happy?
If you listen well enough your subconscious will give you answers.
Like “duhh it’s because you are not smart enough” or “you are not talented enough”
Even if the answers sound stupid or obvious continue probing because this way you can get answers to questions that you have been asking yourself for years. It’s not an easy thing to do so many people avoid it. I discovered the secret in asking myself quality questions a long time ago and it has really helped me mentally and emotionally.

5. Fall in love with life again

At the end of the day it’s not what we get or what other people think about us that makes us happy. It’s who we are on the inside and how we live our lives, every second of it. Enough of regrets, sadness, feeling unworthy or unaccomplished. Stop worrying about how you are getting older because you cant change that. Take life one day at a time, smile, put a smile on someone’s face and take time to appreciate the things that you already have. This is not a rehearsal! You got just this ONE life, Enjoy it.

Thanks for reading, I hope you learnt a thing or two?


I’m so excited for 2018!!!
If you have more tips please feel free to share them below in the comment section. I would love to interact with you.

See you next year!!

 

Hey beautiful readers, how are you all doing?…I’m on fire this week. Three blog posts in one week!!! (Lol). This is more or less a throwback post.

Enjoy!

I had the pleasure of attending the second edition of the TBP bloggers Brunch in Lagos on the 20th of August 2017 and it was amazing. Just in case you are wondering,TBP means The Blogger Point. It is a community of Nigerian bloggers created to bridge the gap between bloggers and brands and the first of its kind in Nigeria.

The exclusivity of the event and the one on one interactions with other bloggers made me feel like part of a big family. You know, being in a room where the person right next to you understands your joys and struggles. It was amazing to be able to discuss issues dear to our hearts and the best ways to move forward.

For the first time in a while I took countless pictures and made lots of videos for social media without feeling vain or jobless (Lol) because fellow bloggers understand the importance of the perfect angles, good pictures and good social media feed. So no one looks like at you weird.

The venue was Barbar Lagos, a simple and aesthetically pleasing bar in Lekki Phase with amazing cocktail recipes. You should check them out sometime.
(@barbarlagos on IG)

The dress code was an all white theme and the bloggers came through in the most beautiful, stylish and creative outfits. We were like angels gathered in a room.

My pants were thrifted and my top was made a day before by my friend Debby (@miz_polyhistor on IG). Paired with a gold choker, brown sandals and bag. I went for flat sandals because I wanted to be comfortable.

I got to help venue a bit late so I missed the games and icebreakers. But I was just in time for the seminar where we had a panel of experienced bloggers and brand representatives.

It was super enlightening, I learnt so much, made new blogger friends and also got to interact and take pictures with Akin Faminu (he’s a blogger boss basically)

I also went home with a goody bag. Mine contained a bottle of Wilson Lemonade, a face mask, scarf, a bottle of hair growth oil from Desire Luxury, and a branded tote bag from TBP.

Attending the Bloggers Brunch was a wake up call not to give up on doing what I love.

Big ups to Maryam Salam (Founder of the Blogger Point) and the Blogger Point Team for an amazing event. Can’t wait for the next one already! Lol

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Hey guys, I know it’s been a while…Even though I tried to fight it, I have been so overwhelmed lately with feelings of not doing well enough compared to other bloggers especially in terms of the quality of the images I put out. ( I need a better camera) but I have decided to grow into this blogging thing and make use of the little resources I have the best I can.

So, over the weekend I went on an adventurous trip to the Olumo Rock Tourist Complex with a few friends. It’s a tourist attraction located in Abeokuta (the capital of Ogun state in Nigeria).

Now It’s a really funny story because I currently live in that city as a National Youth Service Corps member. In fact I’ve lived here for over eight months and I just went visiting last weekend.

Let me explain. There are rocks practically everywhere in the city. Houses are built on rocks, the roads are constructed rocks and personally I live in a house that sits on a rock and have to go through a rocky path to and from work (I might explain why I rented it in a future blogpost). Now you can understand why I wasn’t enthusiastic about visiting and climbing a giant rock. Lol

But I was wrong, it wasn’t just a rock (well it was a rock but..) with so much historical and cultural heritage as well as other side attractions like the Olumo Rock Art Gallery and the Historical & Cultural Gallery. We weren’t allowed to take pictures in the galleries though. They contained paintings, traditional tie and dye wears (which abeokuta is known for), beadwork, woodwork and other artifacts.

Notice my adiré top and beads? Now that was just me being extra. Lol

I know a number of people who have visited Olumo Rock and told me a number of things about the place but I made up my mind to have a unique personal experience.

Apart from its rich cultural and historical heritage, It also provides you with an amazing, over the top view of the city.

These lines were clearly written to define boundaries, so that visitors do not get carried away and fall off the rock.

We started out our journey exploring every inch of the rock and my friend who was there for the third time (thanks to me) acted as the tour guide, telling us historical facts about the different parts of the rock.

This tiny room served as hideout for hundreds of Egba people during the war.

Finally, we got to a point where we could take a rocky path to the top of the rock or take the stairs.

Guess which we took?

The stairs of course. …the rocky path looked more adventurous but also more dangerous so my friends and I opted for the safer route..so much for adventure….hahaha

The view from the top was amazing! Let me also add that we ran into a popular Nigerian artiste right here “Dare Art Alade” and we took a picture (If you want to see it check my Instagram page) *tongue out*

It was a fun day although I’m not sure it’s a place you want to go over and over. So I’ll just cherish this experience.

Ever been to Olumo rock? How was your experience? Would you like to visit and have questions for me? Drop a comment down below and don’t forget to subscribe.

Hello lovelies, how is your week going? I’m so sorry I’ve been MIA. I’ve been busy dealing with the struggles of adulting. *sighs* but it feels good to be back!

In this post, I’m telling you all about my camp experience and showing you possible ways to style your camp uniform …Lol

Before you read this I’d advise you read my previous post

Click here SO IT’S TIME FOR NYSC?

If you read that already please continue reading.

On entering the camp. I dragged my heavy box all the way from the main gate to the hostel which was basically a large hall with lots of bunk beds. I was given a bed space right next to my buddies from the bus. This further strengthened our bond. I also got a very cool bunk-mate and we all are still good friends up on till now. We did all our registrations together, we would fetch water together, wake each other up in the morning, go to the parade ground together and go collect food together from the camp kitchen (sometimes though…because camp food was kind of wacky). The only time we were separated was when it was time for platoon activities. I was in platoon seven which always claimed to be the best. My platoon commandant (everyone called him Commando) would shout SEVEN PLATOOON!!! And we’ll all respond THE BEST!!! This really annoyed the other platoons.

 

“White fowls” thats what the soldiers called us

 

On a queue in front of the camp kitchen for dinner

 

Camp roomies and besties

SAED

The SAED programme would have been a lot more beneficial if we didn’t spend 80% of the time in a boring lecture hall that barely had enough seats for everyone.

Rehearsing on the parade ground

Three days into camp and I was like a zombie. Tbh I couldn’t cope with the early morning parades, activities and as well as the 5-hours SAED (Skill Acquisition) lectures. I would go to the parade ground sleepy and grumpy, wouldn’t talk to anyone in my platoon and run back into my hostel at the slightest opportunity. But as time went on, I said to myself “this would soon come to an end, you are only going to do this once in your entire life so you might as well enjoy every bit of it” So I became open to being more participative.

How we sat most of the time due to sun and fatigue

I would have loved to be part of the EXCOS in Platoon 7 but I got to camp late, couldn’t finish my registration on time so I missed the elections. I then decided to be an active member of the platoon.

I participated in the Cultural Dance, Golden Voices and Christmas Carol inter-platoon competitions in which we came first, second and third place respectively. We even got N20, 000 after doing a welcome dance for the Director General of NYSC (BRIG GEN. SZ KAZAURE) when he visited Delta State orientation camp.

Rehearsals for our cultural dance presentation

With the platoon president

I also got to work in the camp kitchen, it was all sorts of fun, I got to interact with and serve fellow corps members meals for a whole day. Also, I could have as much food as I wanted. (Not that the food was so great)

With the two cutest guys in my platoon

There are lots of activities to look forward to on camp, cooking competitions, sports, man o’ war activities, parade competition, carnival, and night time social activities like singing contests, beauty pageants (Miss NYSC & Mr Macho), dancing competitions, comedy and bon fire night. There is also lots of music to groove to during this time. Because these activities are not compulsory you’ll be tempted not to attend them. Please make sure you go to these events. Many people argue that the three weeks camping experience is the best thing about NYSC and I’m afraid I kind of agree.

Swearing in ceremony

On this day ehn we stood for hours under the sun.

Carnival Day

Delta state camp officials and soldiers were a bit strict and sometimes unnecessarily harsh but I couldn’t let them steal my joy. They would punish corps members, forcefully drag them out of the hostels (female soldiers especially) they would come to the hostels to pour water and sometimes sand on people who didn’t leave the hostel on time. But I survived it all.

Aha! I almost forgot to talk about MAMI (Camp Market). This place was part of the reasons camp was fun. My friends and I would go to there to drop our dirty laundry because the struggle for water was real (water fetched was mostly used for bathing) and it wasn’t so expensive. We would also go there to buy fried goodies like fish, meat, plantain, yam and bean cake (akara) on days we didn’t want to eat the food from the kitchen. We also had one very nice spot where we ate really tasty noodles. I remember one night my platoon members went to celebrate a victory, it was so much fun, we danced, laughed and ordered chilled drinks for everyone. We didn’t have sockets in our hostels so we would go to mami to charge our phones for N50. Because of this my phone battery was always low and this cost me the relationship i was in at the time. Funny right?

I also had a camp crush. I don’t know if it was because I was stuck in a place for three weeks or if I really liked him. His name was Femi. He was the tallest guy in the whole camp, he could sing and was arguably the cutest guy in our platoon. I know you are laughing at me right now but camp does that kind of stuff to you. hehehe

I tried my best to have fun on camp but sadly all good things must come to an end. I was sad and almost tearing up, I was going to miss all my friends even though I didn’t have many (I’m terrible at goodbyes). I was relocating to Ogun state for health reasons but I really wouldn’t have minded staying in Delta State.

I stayed with my mum’s family (Yeah my mum is from Delta) for the night before leaving for Lagos the next day. I travelled with a dead phone but I’m thankful I returned home safely.

I waited some days before travelling down to Ogun state to resume as an Ogun “KOPA”

Thanks for reading.

What was your camping experience? If you haven’t camped are you looking forward to it?

Comment your thoughts below

 

Hey guys, how’s your week going?
Sometimes last week I visited the Lekki Conservation Center for the second time. The first time I was there was probably 4 years ago. I didn’t have a blog then plus I heard a number of changes had taken place so I went to check it out with a friend of course.

We called a cab (Taxify) from Adeola Odeku in Victoria Island to LCC and it cost us N1800. Now I normally would use Uber but I remembered a friend telling me Taxify was “cheaper” so I tried it. It wasn’t cheaper in my opinion.

On getting there we were directed to a stand to get our tickets. It costs N1000 for entry but going on the famous canopy walk cost an extra N1000 (that’s  a total of N2000) not bad at all.

After getting our tickets my friend and I decided to get something to eat, we were directed to something that was supposed to be a restaurant. Apparently they cook your food after you order it and it would take 30 minutes , we were too hungry to wait so we just ordered some snacks and left. Plus the attendant was a little rude.

 

We start our tour with a guide and once it was time for the canopy walk the sheep were separated from the lions…(those who went on the canopy walk were the lions) Lol!

Before getting on the canopy there are instructions to read and follow for your safety. One of them was that we can’t be more than 12 persons on one canopy to avoid putting too much weight on it. We went in groups of 12, each group waiting for the other before getting on the next canopy (Some people didn’t adhere to this though) we had to keep shouting “go back” or “wait for us to get off” . Nigerians rush everything, even a leisure activity! We even had a kid in our group who was jumping on it. (Annoying right?)

I was so sacred but I made it through not sure I got a picture on the canopy itself. I didn’t want to risk my phone falling off. My friend did manage to get videos of me which I posted on my Instagram page. (You should watch it)

LCC is such a serene and aesthetically pleasing environment with lots of props. Very good for photoshoots, picnics and hangouts if you ask me. I also got to see monkeys jump about and snatch people’s foods. Hahaha

There was a really tall tree house which I didn’t get to climb cause my friend and I kind of got lost (yeah LCC is quite big), we were too busy taking pictures that we didn’t notice the other people had left us behind. At the end we found a guide that showed us the right way. (One we found earlier but were too sceptical to take).

 

The whole trip was quite adventurous but I didn’t like the fact that there was no variety of food available there. So when going, I advise you pack a lunch box with all your favourite things to eat. Adventures are better on filled tummies.

Would I go back some other time ? Definitely! It’s a perfect get away location.

Ever been to LCC? What was your experience? Any other place like LCC in Lagos?

Please drop your comments below. I’ld like to know your thoughts!

Hey there, if you are reading this you probably are awaiting NYSC, just received your posting letter, currently serving or you just love to read. Whatever the reason may be, I’m glad to have you here.

The National Youth Service Corps a.k.a NYSC is that compulsory and somewhat discomforting one year service that all Nigerian graduates must undergo. Now, there are lots of reasons the government and employers think this is very important but really that isn’t why we are here. The downside is that you must go through with it if you want to be employed by any private or government owned establishment in Nigeria.

Service year for me came with lot of emotions, at different points I was overwhelmed with sadness, fear, anxiety, optimism and eventually the feeling of adventure.

Getting mobilised and posted

After graduation I had to wait an extra year at home before getting mobilised, thanks to my Department that didn’t prepare our results on time. It was actually quite frustrating but I couldn’t do anything about it. To pass time, I learnt a bit of sewing and focused on my writing. So Batch A or Batch B, Stream one or stream two, you’ll eventually get posted. Don’t sweat it!

Sometime in November 2016, NYSC was ready to mobilize us, and after a stressful registration process I got my posting letter. Now getting posted to a state of your choice is really tricky, you are to choose four states in different geo-political zones and then you get posted to anyone of them. Based on the options I got I chose Ogun, Delta, Kaduna and Abuja. Guess where I got?

If you chose Delta, you guessed right! My mom is from Delta State and I had never been there so I was a little bit happy but the inner me wanted Ogun state. The idea was not to be home (Lagos) but not to be too far away from home. Cheesy right?

Preparation and Travel

Now there is the tendency to run ‘helter-skelter’ and panic here but not too worry I’m here to help. Remember camp is just three weeks (which will probably be the longest three weeks of your life…LoL) so carefully do your shopping, make sure to use a list and do it weeks before. Why? Don’t forget, thousands of graduates all over the country have been mobilised just like you and you’ll all need basically the same things, the markets will be aware, certain things will become scarce and prices will go up. The last thing you need is wasting money on shopping, keep it for camp, you’ll need it. Trust me!

As for me, I was still shopping a day to camp. I ended up buying expensive items and carrying too much to camp because people scared me. I didn’t want to risk not taking everything I would need. Still, I ended up bringing back sixty percent of what I took along. Save yourself the stress, save money and travel lighter.

And yes! My ladies, make sure to take enough toiletries (face-soap, wipes, deodorant, tissue, tampons, body cream, hair cream and all), you know our bodies are sensitive and the market in camp might not have the particular brand you use. Also our hair! You are going to camp but you still have to slay because you will be meeting lots of people. I went to camp with Ghana weaving and by the second week my face cap was my best friend. I advise you go to camp with braids, twists or locks. Why? They’ll last longer, also you don’t want to damage that beautiful piece of curly or bone straight hair you just got, you won’t have the luxury of conditioning, brushing, bendy rollers or straighteners and you will be subjected to some harsh conditions like dust and rain on the parade ground. Although, trust our slay queens, some of them were able to pull it off, waking up by 3am and all. If you have allergies please take your medication along because the camp clinic is very unreliable.

As for your documents, please go with an I.D Card (this is not negotiable), if you don’t have your school ID, probably because the school collected it or it got lost and you can’t replace it, go with as many IDs as you can. And preferably go with your statement of result, it’s safer than travelling with your original certificate. The replacement procedure for certificates is not so nice.

If you intend to redeploy (that is leave that state to another one), and you want to do so on marital or health grounds, go with your marriage certificate, or doctor’s report. This will make it easier.

Piece of advice: travel with your documents in a backpack or handbag and not your main luggage and make enough copies to avoid extra spending on camp.

Also on camp you are going to have a series of social activities like beauty pageants, carnival, sports, cultural activities and all. If you intend to participate you might need to take along some special clothing items and accessories like denim trousers, face caps, sunglasses, beads etc. Just for fun.

Choosing your transport service

*Sigh* …My dear friends at this point be extra careful. If you are travelling by air please allow me to express how happy I am for you, kindly scroll down the page. But if you are travelling by road, this is for you. Now you can decide to travel alone or plan to travel with other corpers. The latter is a better option because the bus will stop right in front of your camp and you get to make friends. However, choose a reputable travel company that has a contact office, open customer care lines and all. A friend of mine got scammed by a non-existent transport company that just popped up during that period. Do not endanger yourselves because of cheap fares. My experience was not so nice, I travelled with Cross Country, and it was a bus filled with fellow corps members. I paid N6,000 for a trip that normally costs around N3,200 because they were going to drop us off at camp. The plan was to get to camp a day before so that I could settle in but apparently Cross Country had a different plan for me. After delaying us at the park, giving us a bus with no AC to travel a 6-hours journey and returning N2,000 to each passenger for inconvenience (after we challenged them), we eventually started the journey. Not quite long after the bus started malfunctioning and eventually packed up at Shagamu. By 5pm we were still at Shagamu, continuing the journey was pointless so I returned to Lagos with all my stuff, angry and exhausted. I went back to the park the next day and they provided another bus with AC for us, gave us tee-shirts, food etc. just to pacify us. The journey was smooth this time around, so it was probably a one-time thing. We had fun, made jokes on the bus, sang, laughed, slept, woke up and slept again till we all got to our respective camps. The beautiful thing about this experience was that I got to meet and bond with two wonderful girls. Marsha and Mojisola who later became my camp sisters. Months after camp our friendSHIP is still sailing!

Finally you are at Camp

The moment you get to the gate of the camp, your whole life comes flashing right in front of you. This is when you realise “things just got real” and you’ll ask yourself, how did I get here? this is where I will be for the next 3 weeks? How will I survive? You will be welcomed by people selling buckets, potties, soap dish, plates, cups, sponge, key-holders etc. It will make you feel worse realising why you will actually need all that. But then in another minute, you suck it up and stroll right in with your box prepared to see what the next three weeks holds for you. (That might have sounded a little dramatic, but honestly that was how I felt).

Some people say the soldiers make you carry your box on your head, well that didn’t happen to me. Your boxes will be searched so don’t go with any electrical appliance like pressing iron and kettles, bottles, knifes, fork, extension boxes etc. they will be seized.

On getting to Delta State Orientation Camp, the registration process was something else, the queues were long. People with ‘connections’ were by-passing queues, soldiers were looking for ‘fine’ girls and helping them cut the line. We didn’t have any connections so my friends and I had to go through the normal process. I got to camp on Sunday but I didn’t wear white until Sunday. Asides the stressful registration I was also avoiding going to the parade ground.

To be continued in next post

My 3 Weeks at NYSC Orientation Camp, Issele-Uku Delta State (BATCH B (STREAM ONE) 2016)

Thanks for reading!

Are you a prospective corps member? What are you looking forward to? If you are an active corps member what was your experience?

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