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* samlak * samlak The Painful Pleasure (TPP)
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EPISODE 2
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Trembling with so much fear, i
pressed the middle key, there
came my result. I looked at it, and
behold, it was ‘255’.
I shouted so loud, that my mum
heard my voice in the shop
“Thank you Jesus” I couldn’t believe
my eyes, with a JAMB
score of 235, that is an aggregate
(Jamb+postutme divided
by 2) of 245 which is enough to
study microbiology (my first
choice) since the cutoff for
microbiology the previous year
was 240.
I started rolling on the floor with so
much Joy. My mother
(who had heard my voice earlier)
came in. “Dapo what is it”
she enquired. I just gave my phone
to her, then she saw my
result, no adjective can qualify the
look on her face on that
fateful day, she was just too happy
as she didn’t know what
to say. She opened her mouth, and
what came out was “ose
oko mi” as tears of joy started
rolling down her both chicks.
This means; “thank you my husband”.
(This is how Yoruba
mothers do when they are very happy
with you, they call
you “oko mi” which means “my
husband”)
Well, I’m her husband, since she has
lost her husband since
8 years and I’m the only one she
has. “I knew you will make
it”, she said to me, hugging me tight
with so much Joy. She
went to the market, bought life-
chicken, killed and fried for
me. I ate the chiken with garri,
garnished with sugar and
milk (that was the best meal i had
that year). My mum was
so happy, indeed that day was the
happiest day of my life.
All these happened August 12 2010,
and by November, the
admission list was out and as
expected, i was given my
course of choice- Microbiology.
For those in OAU, you will agree with
me that OAU is a
university that gives you admission
today, and then you
resume in ten years time (that’s
just exaggeration o). I saw
my admission status in November,
and we were to resume
June of the following year, because
there was ASUU strike
then which disrupted the school
callendar. Well, it’s an
advantage for me, since it would give
my mum enough time
to source for my fees.
So my mum did all she could, and got
the fees, what a
wonderful woman she is. Though that
period appeared to be
so slow, because i had waited for
years at home and can’t
wait to resume school. As long as it
seems, the day drew
near and it was just a month to
resumption.
Behold, it was time for online
registeration, i couldn’t do it
on my phone because it includes
uploading of scanned
WAEC/NECO result, birth
certificate, signature and the likes.
So i had to go to the Cafe. So i went
to ‘God’s Grace’ (A
famous cafe in Apata, Ibadan) to
upload my WAEC result
which was full of C’s and just 2 B’s
(It wasn’t bad anyway)
and other documents. When i got
there i discovered that
there were 5 people already waiting
to do that same online
registration. That was where i met
Sandra.
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Who is Sandra? Find out in Episode
3
2016-11-02 00:42 · Reply · (-1)
* samlak EPISODE 1
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I waited patiently as the phone
loaded slowly due to the
poor network. Believe me, network is
always very slow
whenever one wants to check result.
It was my third post UTME in the
prestigious Obafemi
Awolowo University. My first and
second post UTME result
was 168 and 199 respectively, i could
remember vividly that
my mum (who gathered money from
her petty trade of
fruits) said to me having seen my
second trial result “If only
they were so nice to add one mark,
you would have gotten
200″.
Well, she was very sad, but she still
encouraged me (without
even talking about the money with
which she obtained the
form for me). She just said that i
should try more, she said ”
ti esin ba da ni, a maan tun gun ni”
which means that; when
a horse makes one fall, we try
climbing again. . .
I was so lost in thought, all i could
think of was my mum
who had been struggling to make me
someone in life. She
has been doing all these alone since i
lost my father when i
was ten in a fatal accident along
Lagos-Ibadan express way
(that was some 8 years back). Since
I’m the only child, she
has only shown me so much care and
affection, and i can’t
afford to fail post utme the third
time. . .
All these was going through my mind,
and my thoughts were
too crowded to notice that the result
has loaded, and is right
on the screen staring at me. I
snapped out of my thoughts to
discover that ‘the bridegroom’ is
here, all i needed to do was
to ‘zoom’ on my outdated Blackberry
tour that i bought
(3000 Naira, UK used) with my life
savings. Trembling with so
much fear, i pressed the middle key,
there came my result. I
looked at it, and behold. . . .
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What exactly did he score?
Find out in Episode two.
2016-11-02 00:39 · Reply · (0)

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