The boys could not stop laughing as they watched the video again and again. When they showed Lillian the video, Lillian too burst out laughing. Lillian copied the video to her system before sending word to Chinasa.
Lillian: Nne, e don happen
On hearing that, Chinasa skipped a heartbeat.
Chinasa: Biko, what happened?
Lillian: You need to see it yourself.
Lillian: In my room
Chinasa: Hmmm… What really happened? Tell me.
Lillian: I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag. Just come immediately.
Chinasa: Okay, I’m coming now
Lillian: Be fast o
Chinasa: Yes ma’am
Chinasa made her way to Lillian’s hostel; she didn’t know exactly what to expect. She hoped nothing untoward had happened to Nkem. “Her voice didn’t sound like there was any problem.” Chinasa said.
Immediately Chinasa entered her Lillian’s room, Lillian locked the down. Chinasa was surprised to see Lillian lock the door.
Chinasa: I hope I’m safe?
Lillian: Are you afraid?
Chinasa: These days, you don’t know what to expect
Lillian: Calm down. Don’t allow anybody intimidate you
Chinasa: Nobody is intimidating me. Silence is not cowardice, you know!?
Lillian: I didn’t say you are a coward
Chinasa: I know. So why did you call me?
Lillian: Come over to this side.
As Chinasa made her way towards Lillian, She clicked the ‘play’ button.
Chinasa couldn’t hold herself as she watched the video.
Chinasa: Look at the way she is looking like a rat beaten by the rain
Lillian: So your friend could be this fearful?
Chinasa: Who is your friend?
Lillian: I didn’t say my friend. I said your friend.
The ladies rolled on the floor with laugher when they got to the part where Nkem was asked to climb on the desk to read the pledge.
Chinasa: This is so lovely. I love this.
Lillian: I’m telling you. This is so well thought out. So what do you plan to do?
Chinasa: Are you still asking? This is going up on youtube. I will make sure it goes viral.
Lillian: How do you plan to do this?
Chinasa: Leave that to me. I have friends that will help out.
Chinasa excused herself ran back to her hostel to get her laptop. She returned immediately, this time more excited than when she came to the Lillian’s room initially. After copying the video, she pleaded with Lillian to delete the video from her system.
Chinasa: I just want to control the circulation of this video.
Lillian: Oh, that? You can delete it; I don’t have any need for it. I have played my part. If this doesn’t bring her to her senses I wonder what will.
Chinasa: My sister, if I were her, after watching this video, I will stay away from this campus the remainder of the semester.
Lillian: Yeah. I’m not sure she will stay away from school. But I’m sure she will become a lot quiet.
Chinasa: Thank you very much. Let see how this goes
Lillian: It will go very well. Relax.
Chinasa: Once the video is uploaded; I will send a BB broadcast.
Lillian: Correct, that’s cool. But they might trace it to you
Chinasa: Have you been able to tell where BB messages emanate from?
Lillian: So chill, nobody can tell where this came from
After a while, Chinasa left for her room. She did not mention the incident to anyone.
Back in her room, Chinasa waited patiently till midnight to upload the video. She tagged the video “ Ebeano Funniest Video Ever.”
By the following morning more than a handful of students have received the broadcast. Before noon, the video had been shared among so many students.
”I swear to mind my business from today onwards” became the catch phrase. Nkem didn’t get the video until later in the evening of the same day. Her roommates gathered at her corner, all asking her “what happened?”
Nkem: What happened is what you are looking at in the video.
Girl 1: Don’t you know them, didn’t you see their faces?
Nkem: I was too afraid to look at their faces
Girl 2: You mean you can’t recognize them when you see them?
Nkem: I’m not sure
Girl 1: This is really bad
Girl 3: Don’t leave this room this week
The following day, the video had gotten more momentum. Students freely used “I swear to mind my business from today onwards”.
Phrases like “O boy, swear to mind your business from today onwards”, “I will mind my business from today onwards” became the most popular phrases on campus.
The following day, Nkem decided to put up a brave face, she dressed up for lecture. The moment she stepped out of her hostel, she was shocked at the mammoth crowd that greeted her at the lawn.
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