Season 1, episode 7: Online classes. (Part 1)
It was a normal wednesday morning in December and I was about setting up my laptop for my lessons on programming when I got a text from my class group chat. My classmate Anu sent a message, saying that we should all tune into channels and I began to wonder what the fuss what about. Like a typical day in Nigeria we didn’t have light so I had to go downstairs to put on the inverter and then go back upstairs to turn on the tv.
I immediately tuned into channels and it turned out that the ASUU chairman was giving a speech. I immediately hissed and changed the channel because I didn’t want to be disappointed. I was setting into watching Bob hearts Abishola and was laughing loudly at Bob’s attempt at eating indigenous Yoruba food when I heard a buzz from my phone, it was Anu calling and when I picked she said, ‘babe, have you tuned to channels television? I’m not at home so I can’t watch’. I reluctantly put the channel back and then I began to watch the ASUU chairman read a long speech. The content of the speech will determine my fate. After about 5 minutes, he rounded off saying that the strike had been conditionally suspended. I jumped for joy and immediately uploaded on my What’s app status, it felt surreal.
The weeks following it, I had began to look forward to resuming and going back to school but I was in for a shock. Unilag is rumoured to be a shocker and the proverbial thief at night, always catching you unawares and they did. When we had all given up on waiting for the calendar, the Prestigious university of Lagos (Lori iro) uploaded the calendar on their status and proposed online classes with exams following six weeks of lectures.
You got it right, panic mode activated.