Chapter Five:The Fifth And The Last Child

They all went back home and due to the
distance from the school, they got home really late. When they finally got
home, Nina told cousins how the place was and how deserted it was; no light,
network, no water. The next day, their dad travelled back to their home and
told them when registration starts they should let him know.
                                    Pre-science begins
After some weeks, Nina and her brother
started preparing for their pre-degree program. Their Uncle took them to the school,
the place was so deserted when they got there, and they were few students
there. They had to settle. They were about twelve people in a room. Nina’s
bunkmate was Evelyn while Richard bunkmate was Augustine. While Nina was
settling down, her bunkmate came in.
Evelyn: hi
Nina: hello
Evelyn: what’s up?
Nina: packing!
Evelyn: oh yeah, i see. Let
me help you.
Nina: when did you arrive?
Evelyn: two days ago.
Nina: how is this place?
Evelyn: not funny at all.
First is sand fly during the day and blackout after 10pm.
Nina: no?! What do you do then?
Evelyn: try to sleep. You
are even lucky; when I came we were very few that we had to sleep in the
general hall together.
Nina: (sighs), anyways, i
need to iron these clothes.
Evelyn 🙁 laughs) did you
bring iron?
Nina: no, they ought to have
iron, isn’t this a hostel?
Evelyn: relax; you are lucky
that one of our roommates has an iron, is just that its generator that they put
on and I don’t know if it’s okay to keep using it.
Nina: mehn! Is not going to
be easy here oh!
Evelyn: I’m telling you.
Nina: ok, I’m done packing.
What next?
Evelyn: you mean what we do?
Ok, um we just go outside and watch the trees. At least we will appreciate
nature {giggles}… I heard lectures starts tomorrow though.
Nina: Why did you even come
on Friday?
Evelyn: just wanted to study
my environment I guess.
Nina: and you have?
As
they leave the hostel, Nina’s brother sites her and shouts her name.
Richard :{ calls from afar}
Nina, Nina!
Nina: what’s happening? Meet
Evelyn, Evelyn, my brother, Richard.
Evelyn: nice to meet you.
Richard: you too. I heard
there’s no service here. How do we call our families?
Evelyn: still wondering,
guess we are stuck here.
Richard: if these villagers
decide to attack us what do we do?
Evelyn: ha ha! Very funny, why
would they want to do that?
Richard: It happens o, but
don’t be scared, I’ll protect you all.
Someone
calls Evelyn….
Evelyn: I’ll be back
Nina: okay
Richard: what do you think?
Nina: I don’t even know what
to think. It’s like we are in prison, we are just stuck here, and we can’t even
go out.
Richard:
go out and do what? There’s nothing out there. No fast food joint, no resort,
nothing. Except you go out of this town, which is uncle’s house.
Nina:
just wish this 6months will turn to six days.
Richard: even if wishes were
horses, not in this place. I’m so hungry.
Nina: me too. Let me see if
I can organize something. Just take your provision because it’s late and I
can’t set the stove now. But I’ll do it at night so I can cook tomorrow.
Richard: ok, goodnight. Take
care and be careful
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Everywhere
started getting dark and everyone started taking positions, turning on their
lamps before they turned the generator by 7 pm. Nina met with her other
roommates but they weren’t complete, the ones she met were Ann (the crazy one),
Onome (the quiet one), Celestina (the weirdo), neye (the one with a boyfriend),
Agbani (the skinny one) and sisters (gift and grace) that look like twins. But
Nina introduced herself and then Ann welcomed her and brought out a bowl of
food.
Ann: everyone should dig in.
The
sisters ate with her and the rest said thanks.Everyone ironed and went to bed.
Nina could not sleep because she’s not used to sleeping early. She was awake
till the blackout. Then finally tried to sleep by 3am and before she knew it,
it was morning. Some people went to class while Nina and Richard went to
complete their registration. After her registration, she went to class and sat
close to her bunkmate. They had the first lecture and it felt like they were
preparing for J.A.M.B (joint admission matriculation board) except with their
English and chemistry lecturer or will I say teacher….
They
had a break and she was going back to her hostel when a guy stopped her and
asked of her name and she had always had it in mind that most guys in school
were cultist. Therefore she didn’t want them to trace her with her name so gave
him a fake name.
Guy: hi, what’s your name?
Nina: why?
Guy: I’m john. Just want to
know you.
Nina: Amanda
John: nice to meet you
Amanda.
Nina: I’ve got to run.
John: ok, later.
On
her way to the hostel at the gate, another boy stopped her and he said;
Romeo:
hi, my name is Romeo.    
Nina 🙁 laughs and still
walking) and mine is Juliet.
She
went to her room and started telling her roommates how she met some guys and
how one called his name Romeo and they made fun of it. She went to the kitchen
and made lunch for her brother, took the food to him and went back to class. It
was two hours remaining for the class to end for the day and then the
co-ordinator came in to give the rules and regulation of the pre-science
programme and left. Everyone went back to their hostels; some were still coming
from home for registration.
                                 School president’s crush
After
some weeks, Nina had some more roommates and the hostel was getting livelier.
They had a president (Fortune) and vice (Ify) for their programme as well as
environmental prefect (Ann). This exco’s, guys especially enjoy going to girl’s
hostel for inspection against using stoves in the room but most of the girls
knew it’s just to check them in their underwear.
 Fortune and his crew:
inspection, inspection!
All girls: (screaming) don’t
come in oh! We are naked.
Fortune: put some clothes on.
And
they’ll just burst in. Nina never liked Fortune because of his attitude due to
the post giving to him. Each building in the hostel is divided into three: two
rooms and a hall. Nina was in the room by the left side, they get to the hall
first before they get to rooms. Fortune goes into the hall first and then the
other room where his vice is before Nina’s. When he enters Nina’s room, she on
the top bunk and the first person you see when you walk into the room…
Fortune 🙁 bursting in) hey,
hey stop cooking!
Ann: who is cooking? Fortune
stop walking into this place like it’s your bedroom.
Fortune: (sees Nina) hi,
I’ve not seen this face since I’ve been coming here.
Nina 🙁 reading her magazine
inside her mosquito net) hello, I’ve not seen your face either.
Fortune: my name is Fortune
as you’ve heard already and I’m your president.
Nina: really (irritably) you
made quite an entrance. Amanda.
Fortune: beautiful name.
Nina: Thanks, I’ll like to
go back to my magazine.
Fortune: alright, nice
meeting you. Ann, please stop cooking in here or I’ll report you. What kind of
example are you setting? You are an environmental prefect for God sake.
Ann: Fortune, please leave
me alone.
Fortune 🙁 leaving) nice
meeting you Amanda, hope to see you around.
His crew 🙁 after talking
with their girlfriends in the hostel, call out to Fortune) guy, let’s go!
Fortune: goodnight
Nina: night
Sisters {gift & grace}
won’t you tell us goodnight as well? Is it only” Amanda”?
Fortune: goodnight all!
Ann starts with the
question.
Ann: Amanda?
Nina
didn’t want to go through with all the reasons why she said that name and just
said it was her English name. And they all asked why she never told them that
name that they prefer it to her name and that’s where the name stuck.
Some
of her roommates were preparing for night class and had their baths, sprayed
body spray and perfumes and wore nightgowns with robes, socks and lambs in case
the generator goes off.
 Zino :{ clears throat} are
we really going to read or something else?
Ann: zino don’t mind them,
some are going to see their boyfriends while some are going to read and some
doing both.
Zino: i hate night class,
especially with these sand flies
Gift: They don’t seem to
mind. What they getting is worth all the sand fly bite {Laughs}
Nina’s
bunkmate asked her if she wasn’t going for night class .Nina said she would
start the next day and Evelyn agreed to go with her. Meanwhile as they were
studying in their room, Ann brings up a relationship topic and they start
discussing till the others came back from night class and start asking what
they were discussing. From that point on, they became like a family and
discussed different issues most nights.
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