(c) Folakemi Emem-Akpan
Who knew life could be so chaotic, so fun-filled, so unpredictable, a veritable stretch of parties, of alcohol, of wild boys; of unbridled freedom.
Before now, your life had been extremely sheltered. You were raised on DSTV, chauffeured drives, and overseas summer holidays. There was always a chaperone; at home the house maids and the security men, and the hawk-like ever abiding presence of your mother. And in school, the teachers, the Catholic principal and still the security men.
Before your sixteenth birthday, you’d never even slept someplace without your parents’ knowledge, never even been kissed by a boy.
Now you are seventeen; you are in your first year at the University of Lagos. You live on campus and your wings have been unclipped.
You have not seen so much freedom in your life, and you don’t quite know what to do with it.
So you do what other newly released young girls do. You take an exploratory bite out of everything; Of the night life, of the wild parties, of the free drinks and the subsequent sex. You take a bite of everything because you do not know how to say no.
You are on the cusp of adulthood, and you are totally unprepared.