Wednesday, 14 September 2016

How I Converted F9 to F#

Back then in secondary school, my best two subjects were English Language and Literature in English. However, after all the candle burning in preparation for WAEC, the result sheet read English Langauge - F9, Literature in English - F9.

Frustrating as it seemed, I refuse to lay blames on the marking scheme, or on myself. However, as years rolled by, I strived to erase that undeserving grade. 

I worked twice as hard to prove WAEC wrong and so far God has been faithful. I have worked in a radio station as a presenter, wrote scripts for radio and TV shows, been blogging since 2012 and my voice on social media is quite loadable.

Funnily, I'm quick to tell people I had F9 in English Language whenever they applaud my eloquence. It's just my way of saying "it's not about what the report says, it's about what you believe you can do."

In 2014, I was among 12 selected Nigerian resident writers for UNESCO World Book Capital. I've worked as an entertainment editor for BuzzNigeria, I have published 3 books, written over 2,000 articles on various websites, and composed so many songs.

Recently, I got a contract to develop content for a Cable Channel and also for a top Radio station in Lagos, courtesy of my skills in English language and Literature.

I just want to use this medium to say "thank you WAEC for grading my examination F9. It was only a scheme to make me strive for the best. In reciprocation to the love you showed me, I dedicate my most recent song to you."

Mbok where is my guitar lemme play 'Mon Ami' for WAEC officials on their favorite key F#.

© AJ Ajumoke Nwaeze, September 2016.

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