7 days at the C.I.T.Y of Hope

7 days. I volunteered at CITY camp for 7 days. It wasn’t a decision made in haste. I had come across the HOPE charity foundation three times already, but I still wasn’t sure what God wanted me to do with the opportunity.

After much back and forth with God, I saw the beaten path He was trying to guide me through.

Oh I saw it!
At C.I.T.Y camp, I met people like me; people who wanted to give back to society, people who wanted to pour what had been poured into them, into others.

I met Sunkanmi, who made me laugh till my belly ached. I saw people like Okon-Simon Martha and Emmanuel Ogbebor who took no nonsense, then, those like Leye and Adeola Adedokun, who made following fun.
I met Ohis, who took his time -keeper role and made it his own, Jedidah and Ebire Seyi, two ladies who were both spunky and sweet. Joshua Ojoduwene, whose name and wealth of experience humbled me (😊). I learnt from you, Duwene, that I should probably take the time to read a “book” instead of judging it by its cover.

I met Leo. Leo was probably God’s way of showing me that there was much more to life than I knew. Passionate, radical and committed. That was Leo.

Then, Shadrach, my sparring partner. I saw him transform over 10 awkward teenagers into bold, screaming ‘Garnetians’ (Picture radical Arsenal fans), in the space of ten days. He practically poured his confidence into them. Kudos.

Busola, Bayo and Ibukun, you guys were the legs of the team. Not only did you get the running around done, you took responsibility for your assignments. God bless you.

Ajoke. My secondary school mate. You came about two days to the end of camp but still, we had mad fun. Cooking that humongous pot of indomie together must have strengthened our bond… 😁

Emmanuel Agunze. I think I remember you from sometime back, I’m not so sure. However, it will be hard to forget you after all your ‘that’s how we roll’ remixes on the last day of camp.

Fortress and Soji, my camp evangelism partners. I hope never to forget how we tried to ‘win souls’ for the summer camp and how much fun we had. You guys are great.

Olaitan, Moses and Dta (Daniel),you guys were my ‘cheer up-pers’. Always having a kind word, a wide smile, a ‘well-done’ or a funny joke, you guys made me smile. Thank you.

Rachel, Esther, Isioma, Miracle, Marcus(unbelievably Yoruba), Bisola, Regina, Olamide, I can’t forget you guys. The free rides, the movie-watching, the joking around and late night memories make it impossible to forget.

I love you guys. Yes. Love.
#CITYcamp ’15 #OtaCity

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