If James was told that all this would happen to him, he would have doubted. James was a ‘corper’, who had never really lived in South-Western Nigeria.
He is from Port Harcourt, Nigeria; and has lived most of his life there except for occasional visits. Though, a Christian, James was quite liberal in his thoughts when it came to religion or tribe.
So, for him the NYSC Scheme was a welcome one as it gave him a chance to not just visit, but also live with the Yoruba and learn their culture.
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James enjoyed this town of Isua Akoko, in Akoko South East Local Government Area of Ondo State. Although the place was underdeveloped compared to Port Harcourt, James had grown to see the good part of the place.
Well then, James actually met Titilope and he liked and actually dated her. Unlike what many thought it was, James was really interested and invested in this girl.
She was beautiful, really beautiful, knew her fashion, but her education was not completed, and she was not tall as James has always wanted his dream woman to be. But he would not take any of it.
Titi, as she was fondly called, had a boyfriend, Tolu, before Corper James came, but she had moved on. She had caught Tolu cheating and he was nonchalant about it. So for someone she loved and gave the opportunity to deflower her, she felt it was not fair.
About the knowledge of the deflowering, Tolu could not keep it to himself, he had told his friends and so the secret spread like wildfire to the point that even Titi’s parents knew about it.
Corper James didn’t care, for him, he had found the woman he was to marry. Everyone thought maybe it was a joke, even his fellow corps members could not understand while Corper James would leave all the female corps members and opt for an indigene of the town.
As the day of Corper James passing-out – parade approached, many were quite happy and curios to know if this wont be the end of the whole Romeo and Juliet story.
After the parade, the party that was organized that evening for corpers, Corper James went with Titi. He wasn’t ashamed of her and was ready to make everyone know about it.
At the expiration of their service time, many expected that the love story will finally come to an end and Corper James would leave for Port Harcourt, but he stayed on. He stopped looking for jobs, his intent was to stay till December, before leaving for another city.
Corper James, despite being called ‘Omo Igbo’ by so many people which meant ‘Igbo boy’ in Yoruba, didn’t care and was determined to get married to this Yoruba lady, after all, she was a Christian, so her tribe didn’t matter to him.
After the service, hours turned to days, and days turned to week, and weeks turned to months. Corper James was still in this village despite being out of service which meant he was no longer receiving salary from the Federal Government of Nigeria.
He was now an ex-corper, even though the villagers won’t stop calling him Corper. he took on remote writing jobs, invested in his blog, and was a part time teacher and computer instructor in the village. So for him, he was good to go, his next plans was to ensure that Titi gained admission to a university so she can then quit the college of education that she attends.
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Things were rosy and going according to plan as far as Corper James was concerned. Titi loved him, he loved her. Even though she was in a college of education, the school was only 40 minutes away from where he stays, so he always visited. Almost every week, sometimes he spent the weekend with her, before returning to his base.
There was a reason Corpers were warned off female indigenes. If only Corper James knew that this would be his situation, maybe, just maybe, from the beginning. If only.
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