The pre-university camp/workshop was scheduled to hold from the 2nd – 4th of October. By the evening of Thursday night, seven pre-university students had confirmed participation and it was based on this that we made our plans; a big oversight as we will see later on.
Friday was the D-day. Preparations were in full gear. We had to go to the market to get a few things we didn’t have including food stuffs and snacks. We were supposed to pick the girls from Wavecrest School of hospitality, Surulere by 2.30pm, but due to unforeseen events, we were delayed till about 3.30pm. When we got to Wavecrest, eight ladies (Ekene, Ianua, Somma, Jessica, Mofe, Demilade, Madonna and Ogochukwu) were waiting for us. At Afara, we did our final packing up and were on our way to the camp house at around past five. Meanwhile, we picked Chiamaka along the way, and with her, we now had nine ladies.
On our way to the camp house, we didn’t realize that we were supposed to pick Veronica from Lagoon and by the time we realized, we were already close to the camp house and unfortunately, she had the keys to the house. When we got to the house, we had to wait for her to arrive, but in the meantime, we decided to fetch water after we learnt from the security man that there hadn’t been water available in the building for over a month. Luckily we had some of our buckets outside the house. Veronica finally arrived with another girl (Winifred) at around past 8pm. It was at this time that we started cleaning the house and we had dinner afterwards. By the time we cleared up, assigned rooms, unpacked, fetched more water and finally went to bed, it was 12am and we had ten ladies.
The next day was spent at Afara and was activity packed. We enjoyed every bit of it. It started with a working session. Then lunch with the rest of the house at 1.30pm and get-together. This was the best part for most of them because they had the opportunity to speak about the fears they had concerning university life and they were given some advice on how they could overcome those fears. We had some students from UNILAG and other universities present for this purpose. After the get-together, they saw some videos on friendship. Shortly afterwards it was time to go back to the camp house. We went back to the camp house with another Chiamaka and the former Chiamaka had to end her workshop that day.
On our way to the camp house, we were supposed to do a bit of site seeing (know your surroundings). The plan was to visit the Ilaje club house, but somehow, we got lost. It was hilarious. After everything, we managed to find our way back to the camp house thanks to helpful Nigerians who gave us directions and unfortunately, we never found our way to the club house. At the camp house, while we were preparing dinner, the girls saw a documentary “180” and after dinner we all saw a movie, “The Great Debaters”. We enjoyed it very much.
Sunday, the last and final day was the day of the excursion. After packing up and cleaning the house, we headed for the pool. We had a swell time there, we danced, swam, walked around, etc. Throughout the duration of the camp, the students kept talking amongst themselves about the schools they were going to, what to expect, who they would meet and so on. They are really excited about beginning university life