The Heat of the Desert: The CEC experience

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.

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Editorial Day 2017: The Joint Celebration.

Weeks of meticulous planning had gone by; posters had been put up at strategic locations within the ABUAD Medical complex at Ido-Ekiti and messages had been sent to virtually every WhatsApp group chat which had an editorial board member on it. Finally, the day of celebration had come. It was the 9th day of the month of September and you could feel the anticipation in the air.

People began to trickle into the auditorium as early as 2:30pm to take their seats while some soothing music played in the background.

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Early birds… L – R: Ireoluwatomisona Adeniyi (ABUAD), Olamide Adelugba (one of our special guests) and Oluwaseun Adelugba (ABUAD).

The programme began around 4pm with the opening prayers said by Blessing Aguda,

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IPERE-EKITI MISSIONS OUTREACH- The Second Coming

On the 27th and 28th of May 2016, CMDA-Students ABUAD made their debut visit to Ipere-Ekiti, a village in Iye district, Ilejemeje Local Government Area of Ekiti State. It signaled the beginning of a very special love affair that would eventually be spiced up with follow-ups at intervals and the likes.

On the day of the Lord, the very first day in the 9th month of the 17th year in the 21st Century, CMDA-Students ABUAD had their second coming.

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Inauguration Ceremony: A new dawn for ABUAD CMDA chapter (with photos)

On the 8th of July 2017, the day broke with a distinctive atmosphere. The entire complex wore a graceful robe of excitement with a light shade of tension. Every head pointed in the direction of the auditorium. It was a day for the inauguration of the chapter. The Christian Medical and Dental association of Nigeria – students’ arm Afe Babalola University (ABUAD)Chapter was conceived on the 23rd of November, 2013 through the consummation of God’s grace and human sacrifices and on this day was undergoing a rite of passage. A transition from an upcoming chapter to a full chapter.

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