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The onifaari series 14: My journey to the NYSC camp, Afikpo North Ebonyi State

On the 1st of November, 2019, NYSC “National Youth Service Corp” released our call up letters, and I was posted to Ebonyi State.

Ebonyi State Nysc’s permanent orientation camp is located at old McGregor secondary school, Afikpo, Ebonyi State.

On Tuesday, 5th of November, 2019, I left for the Ebonyi camp. We had a slight delay because of transportation logistics.

 Even though we have earlier agreed to leave Ilorin at precisely 6 am, we later left Ilorin around 9 am.
Fourteen of us traveled on the bus, which comprises of students from three different higher institutions, namely, Kwara State Polytechnic, University of Ilorin, and Offa Polytechnic.

I will be listing the notable places we passed as we navigated our journey. We passed through Ganmo, Amoyo, Offa, Erinle, Omupo, and Ajase Ipo, all in Kwara State.

We also passed through some towns in Osun, namely the famous Osun State University, Ipetu Ijesha, and the junction that leads to the beautiful Erin Ijesha Waterfalls. Remember the Erin Ijesha Falls I posted some time ago? Yes, that fantastic nature!

Up next is Ondo State. We passed through the Ondo Market place, Osemawe Palace, and other rocky places. I am not too surprised with the rocks in Ondo state as the Legendary Idanre Hills sits in this ancient state.

Edo is beautiful as it has a lot of fantastic side views, notably the Zhong Tai Quarry. We also passed through the Lucky Igbinedion University, Okada.

Edo is surrounded with a lot of palm trees, which makes it serene and covered.

 We alighted at a filling station to take lunch around Benin Road. Everyone came down to get something for themselves before we proceeded with our journey twenty minutes later.

After we left Edo, we arrived in Delta State, and one of the first things that caught my attention was the number of females working as motorcycle riders. We didn’t even see one male rider for some time.

We proceeded with our journey to Asaba, where we moved to the famous River Benue Bridge. Oh, what a beautiful sight to behold!!!

River Benue

After we left the beautiful River Niger Bridge, we arrived Onitsha before we proceeded to Awka, the capital of Anambra.

Onitsha is so beautiful and full of life. We saw the magnificent Professor Dora Akunyili women development center in Awka and also the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

Nnamdi Azikwe university Awka 

 Then we left Awka for Enugu where the unthinkable happened.

No, we were fine! We just missed our road, and we spent extra hours trying to navigate ourselves out of the unknown territory.

While we were trapped inside Enugu, we spent up to an hour at the Ngwo 9th Mile before we proceeded with our journey. Before this, we were meant to know that the road we were following before leads to another place entirely, and we had to turn back to find our way from the new description we were given.

 We got to a checking point where our bus was flagged down by men of the Nigerian Army because they noticed our driver was dozing already. Wow! Well, this is Nigeria.

We changed our driver because we traveled with two drivers. We proceeded with our journey and got to Abakaliki, the Ebonyi’s state capital.

Abakaliki at night 

Whatever I heard about the beauty of Abakaliki was not enough as Abakaliki turned out to be more beautiful than I was told. We had to beg the driver to allow us to take some shots of this lovely city.

Picture location:Abakaliki 

We continued our journey from Abakaliki to Afikpo, where the NYSC permanent orientation camp is located, and we got there around 2 am.

Abakaliki at night 

Even though the journey was very stressful, I didn’t feel any hangover or tiredness until we have spent twelve hours on the road. The people I traveled with were fun to be with, and we all enjoyed each other’s fantastic company.

I hope you had a good read. Thank you for following every time.

I love you guys.

 I am Sanni Oluwatosin Rodiat (Ajoke Onifaari), and here is the excerpt from my journey from Ilorin to Afikpo, Ebonyi state.

Also, I will be sharing my Nysc camp experience. Stay Tuned!!!!!

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5 Comments

  1. It was indeed an amazing and great experience. How could the driver misses his ways with all of you inside the bus with the advent of Google map. You might as well help the driver by Google map where you are going and took charge of your navigation. We are in the cosmic world with technology at our fingers tips. All the same it is part of experience. Wishing all of you successful camp and service at your place of primary assignment.

  2. That part when the driver missed the road makes me laugh. That means extra fun and sightseeing for you all niyen. That was how we also missed our road from Lagos to Ibadan…can you imagine Ibadan that is not far at all.

    Nice piece by the way, keep up the good work.

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