Dusk: Frank Ugo

How to start? How to start? This makes it the 4th introduction I’m cancelling off right now, hopefully the last. Each day of 2013 came with a brand new start and I’ve been particularly too lazy to put ink to paper this year. Hopefully, that wouldn’t be a thing next year. If I were going to write this post based on how I feel today, it would be a very happy post – full of laughter and things to be happy and thankful about but no, I’ll try to be very fair to the year and talk about everything.

The year 2013 was one of the best years of my life, maybe because I clocked 18 and had access to things I normally wouldn’t have access to. First, curfew became 8pm (even though it came with regular questioning) but well, it was accepted in good faith. Then, there was this right I had amongst my siblings. I had the power to say what we were having for dinner, tell them if we were attending this party or not and it felt good being the boss. My dad and mum too gave me this respect, hardly washing my dirty linen when my siblings were around but ‘with great responsibilities comes greater expectations’, the expectations were high too. I remember days I just wished I could go back to being 14 and being grouped with “the children”. The yelling increased, even worse when they added “Coming from a final year student, that’s so poor” Days like that I wish life didn’t play the fast one on me but now, I’m better off. I can tell you I know how to deal with it when it comes.

The first quarter of 2013 came with a lot, getting used to new lecturers and new courses. Then, it was my birthday. I was so excited about being 18. I had lunch with a couple of friends and there was a party later (shh, don’t tell my mum) Exams came along and good Lord, I hate exams. I’m one of the few who believes they aren’t tests of intelligence at all but well, you have to write them. For the first time in my 3 out of 4 years in school, I surprised myself. The preparation was so serious you would think my life depended on it (or doesn’t it?) and the results showed for it. I was ecstatic.

Then, I went on Industrial Training after taking exams. This was the second quarter of the year and I got an attachment at an orthopedic hospital and it was a wonderful experience. I met new people; I learnt new things and well, mid way into my 6 months attachment, I fell in love (HAHAHA! Don’t give me that look, I know I’m 18). It was fun while it lasted (oops, you know it didn’t last so long). We spoke at length everyday and saw each other at least once a week, good old times. I also got a writing job at an online magazine. The thought of earning a salary was completely cool to me and I still write for them. It’s been a very long beautiful relationship with them. I lost my dear uncle in June and it was quite painful. He used to be the only one for me whenever I was back in school and far away from home. May his gentle soul rest in peace (Amen)

I was basically isolated in the third quarter of the year and I could only talk to a few people about it. I felt odd, I felt like there was something going wrong, like this is not the life of a normal teenager. I don’t know why I felt so, maybe because I had a regular routine (wake-up, eat, read, tweet, sleep). At a point, twitter became my opium. Then, I deactivated to check how my life would be without it. I did this about thrice until I was able to convince myself that all was well. Thank you to everyone who was there for me during times like this, I appreciate it and will always do.

And on to the last quarter of the year, the one I vividly remember. The months preceding November were a bit of a blur, nothing spectacular happened.  November was a month of fun – travelled down to Anambra state and then Port Harcourt to relax. It was entirely fun leaving my house and frequent yelling from my dad. I came back to Lagos and also ran 10km from City Mall down to Teslim Balogun Stadium. Is it easy? No, tell me? It was fun and I would always do this whenever it comes up again. December is filled with activities. More opportunities being available, more experiences.

In summary, 2013 taught me to be much more patient, enjoy your life to the maximum, love yourself more and work harder. All things must work together for your good (Amen). In conclusion, 2013 has been a very good year with more highs than lows and for this I’m grateful and thankful. I’m ready for 2014 and all that comes with it, whether good or bad. I’m thankful for all those who made it what it is, let’s do this all over in 2014.

Peace, love and happiness!


Today was the day of the teens. Lade and Frank are already doing good writing work for solid blogs and you should look out for them.

More power to your elbow, Frank. Bookmark this post for future reference purposes when you want to remember how you “started from the bottom” 😀


I love to learn. I love to teach. For me the two are the same.


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