Vanguard (Lagos)

5 April 2012

Nigeria: What Students Do On Campus At Night

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From the very beginning when God created heaven and earth, he had made the night and the day appear in their normal time. In so far as night exists, night life on campus can never be dismissed by anyone who has being to the four walls of tertiary institutions.

Night life on campus, usually begins at sunset (6pm upwards), when students enjoy the groove and frills of the cool evening. Investigations gathered revealed that on some campuses, some venues are lively during the day, but quiet like the graveyard at night. However, on some other campuses, these venues are usually bubbling with various activities till dawn.

In the latter, this period fits various forms of fun-filled activities such as attending shows, parties, "necking and cuddling" in love gardens and parks around campuses between intimate friends. Even, most 'guys' on campus deem this period necessary to visit the hostels of their girlfriends.

For the 'acada' students, especially during exams, the night is dedicated to reading and burning of midnight candles, which in some campuses, have been tagged: "till-day-break (TDB)."

Finding this period lucrative for business are motorbike operators, who in their bid to make extra money, convey students from one reading point to another. Also not left out are the buka (canteen) operators and kola nut sellers, who are patronised by students who use some substances to keep awake.

These days, students no longer wait for their Student Union Government (SUG) to organise a show before they catch their fun. Against this background, they hit nearby and far-away clubs every night, while those who do not fancy going outside the campus late nights organise small hostel parties.

Moreso, it is common that students who have their birthday to celebrate, schedule the party at nights, when their friends and well-wishers come together to drink and feast with them, among other activities that trail this period.

Also, for the 'Sister Marys' and 'Brother James' and Johns' (born-again) students, this period is good to hold vigils, as according to them, the devil uses this period to manipulate its victims. "This is the right time to battle principalities and powers and every wickedness in high and low places" posits Nkemdili Odinaka, 300L student, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka.

A new trend of behaviour that has crept into night life on campuses is 'Phone sex,' which is perpetrated by students at odd hours of the night. This trend began sometime in 2001, when GSM service providers introduced free night calls during which subscribers make free calls between 12.30am and 4.30am.

Phone sex conversation may take many forms, including (but not limited to): guided, sexual sounds, narrated, and enacted suggestions; sexual anecdotes and confessions; candid expression of sexual feelings or love and or discussion of very personal and sensitive sexual topics.

"It can start with a simple question like: "What are you wearing?" Other times it starts with a focus on breathing or a loving, but stern, command. And sometimes it starts with a simple "hello" and an ordinary conversation.

No matter how it begins, once it's underway you'd better hope you have unlimited minutes," held a final year Engineering student University of Nigeria (UNN), Nsukka, who does not want his name in print.

It was also submitted by Joe Igbarumah of Ebonyi State University (EBSU), Abakaliki, that "long distance student lovers attain close proximity and benefit from real intimacy through phone sex."

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