THE OBS AUDITIONING
The auditioning was by done by Mr. Micheal, a dark guy who happens to be a corp member too. I was asked to make an imaginary presentation of politics, which I did well so well. In the process of acting, I was halted mid-way and told that I would be contacted if I made the cut.
I got back to hostel and narrated everything to Ugo. At 4:05pm, we were called to the parade ground by the usual bugle. We rushed down to the parade ground in our white-on-white and got cracking with our usual drills. We also used the time to elect a platoon leader among ourselves.
After everything, I got back to the hostel feeling tired. Just then, I received a call and text message from Janelle. Minutes later, I got another message from an unknown number. The sender congratulated me and informed me that I have been selected to be part of the OBS crew. I felt so happy. I showed Ugo the text message and he was more then happy for me. The message read, “There would be a meeting with all new OBS members at 7pm today.”
I dressed up quickly and headed straight to the studio.
THE MEETING: THE FIRST DAY AT OBS STUDIO
Mr. Micheal welcomed every one of us and informed us that we were the fourth batch of OBS crew he would be managing. Talking of Micheal, or Mighty Mic - as he preferred to be called - he hails from Anambra state, and he’s very fluent in English, Hausa, Igbo and a bit of Yoruba; no wonder he works as a sport presenter on Bauchi state radio station.
He called out the names of everyone who was picked and we did some little introduction. He further explained that there were different programs in the OBS such as news update, sports café, camp gist, wake up call, political platform, reggae show, etc. He explained that what they really needed was 10 presenters, 8 marketers, and 11 newscasters. He introduced his senior colleague who happens to be an INEC official working for the Bauchi state government - Mr. Mohammed Abubakar. He addressed us on things to do and not to, things to say while on air and things not to say. At 8:55pm, I got back to the hostel tired and feeling weak.
I was happy to be among the sport crew at OBS. I still had to prepare for my first program by 9am the next day. The bad weather couldn’t help issues but I still denied myself some sleep just to get myself prepared for the programs the next day. I just couldn’t wait to get started.
To be continued...
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