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My love for life and passion for the little things that make life beautiful have inspired me to explore and exploit the "Treasure in this Earthen Vessel-" me. Writing for me is life;as it plunges into the archives of the human mind to express our deepest emotions . I love life; and writing makes life more interesting to me...

The Diary of a Boy Soldier – Fear of the Unknown 3

Going to the police cell seem to confirm the Bible verse that says, “All things work together for good.” My ordeal notwithstanding, I left the place with money enough to buy me a meal or two. In my excitement, I reflected on the chain of events that culminated in my arrest and eventual detention. I … Continue reading The Diary of a Boy Soldier – Fear of the Unknown 3

The Diary of a Boy Soldier – Fear of the Unknown 2

This new label made me lose confidence in my abilities. I blamed everything on fate. It was an awful moment for me. In the interim, we sat on our heads- then separated from the rest of the students. It was like separating the goats from the sheep. Shortly after, the Boy Staff (assistant house prefect) … Continue reading The Diary of a Boy Soldier – Fear of the Unknown 2

The Diary of a Boy Soldier – Night of Varieties

The Diary of a Boy Soldier – Night of Varieties

  As an end room Commander I enjoyed immunity from punishments; but also suffered for the offences committed by the Class one students, as it was expected of me to teach them all they needed to know. Days rolled into weeks, and weeks into months and before I knew it I was promoted to Class … Continue reading The Diary of a Boy Soldier – Night of Varieties

The Diary of a Boy Soldier- Experience from the Dark Side

After spending two weeks in the Military School, things were getting more interesting. We were introduced to the rudiments of military training and the ethics of the military profession. Everyday came with a new lesson and its own demands too; and while others struggled to adapt to new system, some of us were having fun … Continue reading The Diary of a Boy Soldier- Experience from the Dark Side

Diary of a Boy Soldier – The Orientation exercise 2

Diary of a Boy Soldier – The Orientation exercise 2

At about 6am we marched haphazardly to the R.S.M Yamusa Zakari Kumasi Parade Ground. This basically was where the cadre course was to take place. The cadre course, as the name implies, is an orientation programme meant to acquaint entrants with the prerequisites and prospects of training in the military school. The duration of the … Continue reading Diary of a Boy Soldier – The Orientation exercise 2

Diary of a Boy Soldier – The Orientation Exercise 1

Diary of a Boy Soldier – The Orientation Exercise 1

It was already dusk when I arrived at the Military School. The numerous streetlights and the erratic movement of fresh and regular students gave the bus car park a daytime feel. As I walked towards the school’s Assembly hall, I fell proud to be one of the students of this prestigious institution. Parents and wards … Continue reading Diary of a Boy Soldier – The Orientation Exercise 1

Diary of a Boy Soldier – 2

Even nature seemed to acknowledge my arrival by the way the trees gyrated in response to the cool evening breeze that blew with a familiar melody: w-e-l-c-o-m-e t-o a w-h-o-le n-e-w w-o-r-l-d. This natural ovation continued until I got to the school’s cark park. The assembly hall was already filled with arriving candidates when I … Continue reading Diary of a Boy Soldier – 2

Diary of a Boy Soldier – 1

  Introduction by Tunde Dawodu Critic/Correspondent, Daily Times Newspaper. “The diary Of a Boy Soldier” “The Diary of a Boy Soldier,” takes its title from the sobriquet used for trainees of theNigerianMilitarySchool,Zaria. The Boy Soldier is a soldier in the making. He undergoes an intensive military and academic course for a period of six years … Continue reading Diary of a Boy Soldier – 1