It was a Friday afternoon. The sky glared and the wind— the wind was nothing but calm air. It seemed like the sun had come out to play as we perspired heavily in her stead. Our feet were keen to meet the earth at Kwali, but our lips dithered about whether or not to curse the heat that welcomed us.
A coterie of medical students (from ABUAD and EKSUTH Chapters) had that morning undertaken an eight-hour road trip that would haul all seventeen of them to a venue about three hundred miles away from the comfort of their fancy beds. (Permit the author’s transition to third person narration).
We had finally made it to Kwali, Abuja for the Christian Medical and Dental Association first CEC (Central Executive Committee) meeting for the year 2018. Led by School President, Oko-ose Oseosenaga, the Afe Babalola University Chapter was unprecedentedly fully represented. Our arrival was greeted with several exchanges of pleasantries and after completing the mandatory registration process we advanced to the cafeteria for lunch. Our taste buds were introduced to the deliciousness of the northern cuisine, Massa. Alas! What a crime it is to taste heaven once and never again. Later that evening, the ceremony commenced with beautiful music that resonated with the harmony of our souls and we could not but watch our praises ascend beyond the confines of the ceiling. Nnanna Jemie Uche, the Northern Zonal Coordinator officially welcomed all guests and delegates to the program. Subsequently, the CMDA National President, Abdulrahman Teasop Fofie, mounted the dais and gave his opening remarks with encouraging words from the book of Hebrews. The whole congregation echoed a number of inspiriting hymns. I was particularly mesmerized by the hymn, Carry your Candle. “There is a candle in every soul, some brightly burning, some dark and cold…”. And the evening of Friday ended with our retreat to our various ‘hotel rooms’. The sight of the refulgent full moon in the lonely sky kept the eyes of many who watched occupied, until their eyelids slumbered.