The Virginia College shootings reminds me of that night in Ife when 6 of our colleagues were shut dead in cold blood by cultists. We were in our first year then. I remember it was a Friday night at we had just done Philosophy 101 test and everybody was trying to relax, I had gone to attend the Freshers' Party organised by the Education Faculty.
Memories just keep coming back to me now...
A cool night it was for having fun. My friends Charles Ubani, Akin Ayodele and Akin Osatuyi and I had all made our way towards the Awo Hall to find that the Kegites Club were having a gyration in the dining hall.
After looking on for a little while, we had retired to our room in the attic located at Blocks I&J, PG Hall and quickly fell into deep slumber. It was around 1 o'clock a.m. The next thing we heard were the shouts of "murder" at about 5 a.m. And on getting out of bed, the news I gathered was that 6 members of the school community had been shot dead in their sleep at various locations by a cult gang that was out on a revenge mission.
That was eight years ago.
Out out brief candle, life's but an actor, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more.
Graduate of University of Lagos and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. Chief Editor, Goal.com Nigeria edition. Former Online Editor and West African Correspondent based in Ghana for TELL Magazine, Lagos. Alumnus International Institute of Journalism (INWENT), Berlin; Reuters Foundation and Agence France Presse (AFP) Foundation. Photographs published in USAToday, BBC Focus on Africa magazine, AllAfrica.com, The Guardian, ThisDay, The Punch, Showbiz and Daily Graphic (Ghana). Photos exhibited in Krakow, Poland. Nominee Journalist of the year at The Future Awards, Nigeria 2010.