That’s what someone named the class when I wrote down everyone’s country as we introduced ourselves and told her 16 countries of the world were represented in that class. 16 countries in a class of 25! The odds of finding your “brother” or “sister”? Quite slim. We have Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, The United States and of course Nigeria being represented live in New York. (Quick question, how many of you had heard of Suriname before now?) I’m the only Nigerian in the class and if not for the South African girl, I would have had the honour of repping the whole of Africa but it’s all good.
Left to me, we should be singing “We Are The World” every morning before we start classes.
Anyway, so far I’ve had an amazing time. I think it’s the fact that I’m away from everything. The only familiar people are a friend who I met here that’s attending the same school and my friend whose apartment I’m still staying at (as I’ve still not found a place of abode. Please don’t desist in praying for me. Thank you). Right now I can be whoever I want to be in this city. Next Monday, I can decide to say my mother has five oil blocs and is the Nigerian president’s first cousin but we’re not really close to the president cos they had a fight OR… I went to Eton with Prince William and we dated for a while but it was nothing serious. (They sha cannot ask me for my certificate)
I’m one of the five or six people in the class who have no experience whatsoever in journalism. If I had joined Press Club when my mates were joining in secondary school maybe I would have had small mouth but when those without experience were asked to raise up their hands I humbled myself and joined them. All the others are either reporters in their country or have covered a story at one time or the other or are anchors who are on study leave and have jobs to go back to. My own case is special. LOL!! IT IS WELL!!
I have to tell you about the Spanish girl in my class. Hilarious somebody! We were told to read a few newspaper clippings, pick out the salient points and give a 20-second rundown of what we had read news-style. Each person was to sit in front of the class and read what s/he had written as if s/he was presenting the news (I just repeated myself there). A few people had gone forward to present and most of them had done really well. Just for one girl to go forward. I can’t even remember who it was. Before she could even finish the first sentence, the Spanish girl (in her pronounced accent) shouted, “I already change the channel!!”
It was TOO FUNNY! Even the teacher laughed so hard, he was flushed.
On a wakabout (walk about) level, I’ve been to one club (don’t judge) and several food places. Gone on bus tours and gotten lost on my own. I think I’ll be sticking to Times Square Church for now which in my opinion should be referred to as the United Nations Head Quarters.
Don’t stop believing.