We were three friends, maybe you can call us the three musketeers but we weren’t mischievous or any of sort, we had the best interests of each other at heart and that meant a great deal if not for anything but for the singular reason that the anyone of us had the confidence that the other two has his or her back and would always be there when needed.
M., N., O. that was us. The initials of our first name followed each other as you would have it on the English alphabet and this gave us the believe that we would be best of friends and we sure were great friends for we did everything together. O., M. and myself would spend hours back then going through JAMB brochures, trying to figure out what course would be appropriate to study in the higher institutions, we were fresh out of secondary school and getting a degree was the next big thing. Knowing that we were all riding on the same boat (admission seekers) meant that we could support each other down the road and this was what we did. We found ourselves checking and rechecking on each other all day just to make sure everything was going fine.
For me this was really helpful because it gave me the opportunity not only to have people who are genuinely interested in my growth but would also work with me at achieving my dreams. As a teenager back then, I was lucky to have such good influences as friends because I believe being around them at that volatile stage in life meant only two possible outcomes: live a disciplined, purpose driven life and pursue your dreams or live waywardly and end up with no specific future. And thank God we chose the former, and this is the path that has brought us thus far.
We have not yet gotten to the height we had all imagined back then and life did not turn out how we had fantasized it but it had been an interesting journey for the three of us, nonetheless we are still going and getting better by day. We had it all going fine, we had started different courses at different institutions and suddenly we found ourselves drifting from each other – we weren’t best of friends anymore. What happened? What changed? Who had severed our bond? Though we were not falling apart, but the centre would not just hold. Was it school? Or was it new interests? We knew something was wrong but what it was we could not figure out and somewhere along the line we all succumbed to faith.
Was it meant to happen this way or it was by our choosing? So many things have changed, our journeys have only begun and there is still some hope that we could still achieve great things together…”