HELP! My Country Wants to Frustrate My Education!!!

Dear diary,
I’m not even sure where to begin. My name is Mercy and I’m ALMOST
a student of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife. Why did I say
almost? Well, that’s simple, I haven’t matriculated…
so, YES! my name is still in PENCIL (and small letters).

I graduated from secondary school in july 2012 with a very good result (I must hype myself, if not..who will?) and immediately went in for the so called pre-degree program, which I finished in june 2013 (it lasted for 9months and it wasn’t a bed of roses). I got my admission in september after lots of praying and crying to Abah Father to help OAU’s managements thinking faculty (meaning,because OAU is an unhurried institution)I and all things being equal to resume in January 2014

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But ALL HAIL ASUU! I ended up resuming June 1, 2014! Oh happy Day! I was too relieved and excited to start this 5 year phase of my life!. Little did I know.

So dear, I resumed on the day we were asked too because I
couldn’t bear to stay one extra minute at home after spending a YEAR
at home despite my amazing results (It was actually eleven months but 1year sounds more painful). I even used to joke about my brain being in hibernation due to lack of use. I started all the required registration and suffered like a normal fresher would…ya’ll can imagine right? I started to
understand my roommates , get used to the despicable toilet and
bathroom and even love my room corner which I’d like to describe as a rat
hole!

And then it happened!

After two weeks of resumption, the SU (student union not scripture union) of OAU decided that a school fee increase was
silly, unnecessary ,inconsiderate and an act of theft and they
couldn’t afford it…blah blah blah, what was my own I initially thought but soon it was time to PROTEST!

I don’t particularly know all the details of what went down
between the VC and the SUG but whatever I found myself home after
barely three weeks of resuming for a new session. That’s just depressing. I’m not here to give you details just incase you’re as clueless as a new born here.
AND here again

Well, after all the, the deliberations and meetings between the SUG and the VC and his senate,the school was shut down INDEFINITELY by the VC,based on charges that weren’t even true. I can’t describe how I feel. After TWO WEEKS of resumption!

I don’t know who to blame, I’m sad because nobody really cares, frustrated because time is passing by each and everyday, angry at so many people and situations that I cant even control and I feel cheated!!!!! So YES, I’m back home now,doing house chores, practicing makeup, bead-making and
essentially sleeping away time I should be in school and I am not sure of when I would resume for the 2013/2014 session in OAU when most universities that were also affected by the strike are in their second semester now!!! Not to mention private universities that are a year ahead.

Its sad, so sad,but this is the reality of most Federal university
students in Nigeria now. All in all, I know God has plans for me (BIG
PLANS). I know my future would be brighter than anything I could ever
fathom. I also know that no matter what year I finish I’d get THERE
someday…because the race isn’t too the swiftest.(Its hard to
remember these words when my mates are graduating in two years time
tho! *sighs*)

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4 thoughts on “HELP! My Country Wants to Frustrate My Education!!!”

  1. Hi, this is sad. I’m glad you are looking for ways to stay busy. Make-up and beading are good ways to make money in Nigeria. Who knows, you might even start your own business.

    Can I encourage you to think beyond the immediate circumstances, as frustrating as they are. What course are you studying? Is it possible to get ahead of the curve and start reading about things in your field of study online? There are platform that offer free online courses that you can take in the mean time.

    What about make-up and beading? Are you taking pictures of your work? If yes, why not create a free blog on WordPress or blogspot and showcase your work. What I am getting at is this: your creativity can also open doors for you. Good luck. I hope everything gets resolved soon

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  2. Pele, its like that every where in this wonderful “country” the strike happened thrice in my own time……

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  3. Bae, you so stole this from my head! lol. but really I know how this feels and it’s really pathetic. it’s just sad that it’s even likely that they are using our education in their political games. Just hoping some sort of permanent solution comes up so the next generation wouldn’t have to suffer…

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