THE DEPARTURE OF A BEHEMOTH
The arrival of the so-called phenomenal class (‘010 class) to the College of Medicine, UNTH, in 2004 has been a serious threat to the age long jinxes and diverse unconstitutional traditions that have pillaged the College prior to their advent. Whether these constellations of starry colossi are genetically selected or a mere phenomenon of chance still eludes my inquiry mind.
In the area of scholarship, these juggernauts of academic prowess have distinguished themselves as vanguards of innovation, primus interpares and ne plus ultra in every sense of academic excellence, all culminated in their incomparable achievements in their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th MBBS exams. What could be said about such academic titans—Pope, Ezeagozie, Igboerika, Magnus Felix, just to mention but a few. The elucidation of their academic feats no doubt is beyond the scope of this article.
The ever intimidating presence of Kaka, Presido (010 strikers) and a thousand and one other sportsmen & women of ‘010 have over the years proved indomitable in the areas of sports and other out-door games both at UNMSA, NIMSA, & SUG levels. The National Chess Champion, Enemchukwu Benjamin, could not have come from another class other than the ‘almighty’ ‘010 class! These men are indeed skillful, tactful, thoughtful and incredibly…em, em, em- wonderful!
No doubt, ‘010 class has defined the word ‘versatile’ in all its ramifications. They’ve disparaged the ‘voluminous’ nature of medicine and delved into apparently all human endeavours. The unrelenting spirit of such political mongols like Dr. Smile, Nnanyelugo Nneka, Callimycin, Suskin, and countless others could hardly be seen in the so-called political scientists of our time. They won the confidence of their supporters with such great a strength, vigour, energy & dexterity that is not characteristic of a mundane man. In the business world, an ‘010 computer prodigy, a rare internet ace-ND Egwim- has carved himself a niche, a large one indeed, in the internet market.
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“Those that know their God shall do exploit” may be the watchword of this astonishing class. Their selfless role in propagation of the gospel of Christ in the campus & the society at large will hardly be improved upon. Such radical gospel crusaders like Righteous, Ifex, Martin O., and Chukwuemeka Udeh would stop at nothing to ensure that the Word was preached to the feeble & the needy. Their laudable campaign remained: hold on to justice, fair play, honesty, hard work, and service to humanity.
In the furtherance, ‘010 class is a sheer epitome of love and care. The graceful smile of Odocha Ogechi, Madu Vivienne, and numerous others has been found to have antidepressant effect, though the mechanism of action is not clear. Some authorities have however proposed that the therapeutic effect of such smile may be nothing more than a placebo. But their efficacy is more than that of imipramine!
This noble class has taught me many principles of life. They’ve made me understand that one who kills time buries opportunity; their sense of equality has taught me that, “my right to swing my arms ends where another person’s right begins to defend his nose”. ‘010 class, I will miss u; UNMSA can’t help but miss u; the Lions & Lionesses will surely miss u. We’re however happy that you’re not dead, and we’re not unaware of the quality of change you’ll effect in our dying nation and the world at large.
OVOKE ERNEST ‘012.