NYSC Tales: House Hunting And Living With Men

By Chisimdi's blog - August 17, 2018

Adulthood is everything I'm not ready for. It happened so fast, I had no time to prepare. One moment I'm a skinny taller than average teenager asking her mum why dinner is always eba and egusi soup and the next I'm a graduate running around for NYSC. How the fuck (read as 'hell', swear words aren't allowed here) did it happen so fast?

My first adulthood awakening was when I got a job in Lagos. As expected of a paid job or any job at all, there were responsibilities, lots of them. Responsibilities my young carefree mind didn't want and I said to myself again and again, 'I'm not ready for adulthood!' Sadly, this adulthood business has come to stay.

After being rejected by the radio house I was earlier posted to serve my fatherland, I got reposted to the State Library Board Uyo, Akwa Ibom as my place of primary assignment. This time, I was welcome with open hands. They made no provision for corps members' accommodation so I had to search for a place of my own. That search births this post.

At first, I thought, I want a fancy self-contained apartment with water, regular electricity, and a safe neighborhood. It has to be  properly tiled, located at the heart of the town and near my PPA at the same time. The house must also be affordable. Too much? I didn't think so.

I found an agent who'd take me to apartments available for rent. I didn't think having to pay for his transport fare was a big deal until I didn't like the first house, nor the second, nor third... nor any of them. That meant we kept going to the next available house and of course, I kept paying for the rides.

If a house is cool, it's far from my PPA. If it's close, electricity is not regular. If electricity is regular, there are lots of touts living in the neighborhood, the kitchen is the size of a window and it isn't tiled. If it has every other thing, water enters the room when it rains. There was one we had to travel the world before we got to the place the lavatory was built. Phew!

At the end of the day, I was tired, hungry, unhappy and had spent a fortune on transportation. Right now, I've finally gotten a place. There's light, water (it's almost like I'm living by the riverside), it's tiled, neighborhood is great and it's not far from the library.

Don't merry yet. You know what they say about everything that has an advantage having a disadvantage? Well, let's talk about that. I'm living with men, I have to go to church service every other day and I have to cook a storm at least once in two weeks.

Let's talk about that in my next post yea? Till then, Love and Light (in Adesua's handwriting LOL).

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