I remember on the 31st of December 2017, I refused to go to Church with my family for the cross over service. My mother was furious as it was unheard of, but I refused to budge. That night I laid flat on the floor and told God I was entering 2018 with no plans because my faith could not move a stone not even a mountain. I entered 2018 with no expectations; I was only determined not to get depressed even when it seems like there is no hope.
January 2018, I was to report back to Lafia, Nasarawa State for my NYSC with almost nothing on me – I had no money and I did not know a soul there. When I got to Lafia, I was almost in tears with the thought of not having a roof over my head. The accommodation provided for by my Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) was not enough for the corpers, in short, it was nothing to write home about. Notwithstanding, I managed to squat with one of my colleagues who was fortunate enough to get a room for some time. I slept on the floor because she was yet to get a bed. It was horrible, to say the least. I eventually got money for a better accommodation and I moved in with my friend.
Fast forward to March 2018, my redeployment came through; I was redeployed to Lagos (Yassssss, Insert happy emoji/gif), I was very happy; my parents could not contain their joy. As if that was not enough, a miracle happened. I heard whilst in Lafia that getting a PPA in Lagos was very hard for those that redeployed, law firms were no longer recruiting neither was the Ministry of Justice. I was really scared because I did not know what I was going to do if I did not get a job. In Lafia, I served with the Ministry of Justice as a state counsel and each Lawyer (we called them Principals) was given two or more corpers to assist them.
Despite the common trend, I was the only corper assigned to my then- principal and as a result had the workload intended for at least two people; given the torrential cases from the Ministry. On this particular day, there just wasn’t much work to do and another principal needed someone to go to Court for her as she had forgotten she had a matter in court and I volunteered to help her. In court, the opposing counsel was a lawyer from Lagos and we got talking, he gave me his card and asked me to always update him about the case which I did. Two weeks before I got redeployed, the judiciary in Lafia was on strike, I called the lawyer from Lagos to tell him not to come for the matter which was coming up the next day, he was really grateful because he was about to book his flight. On my way to Lagos, I got a call that the strike had ended and new dates were being given for cases, I got the new date for the matter the lawyer in Lagos was handling, then proceeded to call him and relay the news to him. He then went on to tell me to help him do something for him and that was when I told him I was no longer serving in Lafia and I have been redeployed to Lagos. He asked if I had gotten a place to work, I told him I had not, and he asked if I would like to work for him. I was very happy! I have not gotten to Lagos and I already got a PPA – I should also add that I also got a placement with Lagos State Judicial Service Commission but I rejected it because I wanted to practise the profession and not just sit behind a desk. So that’s how I did not struggle to get a PPA.
The rest of the year just dragged on, I battled with my faith, I almost fell into depression but thank God for His word, my Church, my friends and family, Hillsong, Bethel music and Upperroom (especially their spontaneous worship), I was able to pull through. NYSC was very frustrating and I was glad when it ended. Close to the end of my service year, the anxiety to get a job after service hit me so hard, I was always panicking, I prayed very hard for a job and I got one a week after my service year ended. Although the job isn’t close to my dream job and I am actively looking for a better one, I am really grateful I did not wait at home for a long time, because I may have gotten depressed if I did.
I was able to save this year, now this is something that gives me joy when I think about the year 2018 because before now I have been doing very poorly with my savings, and I am very grateful for this, I still have a very long way to go.
As I type this review, I realise I have a lot to be thankful for. God has been very good to me, although 2018 took my Grandma and Uncle and I was deeply hurt, I am grateful nonetheless and I look forward to a glorious and ground-breaking 2019.
P.S. I also want to thank you for putting this up, God bless you!