I started an affair with Facebook last month and was thrilled and amazed at the number of friends i had lost contact with that i was able to meet there. I was still basking in that euphoria when i accidentally saw one of the few remarkable people i met in the university. I couldn't help but go down memory lane and i smiled, i wondered and i smiled again. I smiled because i remembered.
A couple of years back in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, i had just won the Student's Union Presidential elections against all odds. I had to choose some competent hands that were going to work with me in the Presidency and of course, i had no problems filling all the positions except one.
Who was going to be the Attorney General of the Student's Union Government? A position that was so sensitive and so coveted that every senior law student worth HIS salt could do anything to have it. As i did not have to search on Yahoo or Google, i had only the law faculty to choose from, i consulted with some bright minds around me and
at the end of a very conscious and meticulous assessment of the most likely candidates; i was forwarded with a list of four names. I was to choose one from among the four but since i wanted the best, i had a very serious problem staring me in the face. It was either i went for the best and faced the consequences or i compromised for less.
I settled for the best of the best but it was decided that i had commited an abomination and thus emerged a conspiracy that finally took roots in the Student's Union House of Assembly; eventuating not only to the non ratification of my candidate for the AG, but to my impeachment. I stood my ground and kept telling the House, the opposition and whoever cared to listen that it was going to be the candidate i presented or nothing. The political weather was tense and the impasse went from days to weeks and before we knew it, it had gone to a month and still counting.
The qualifications and qualities of the my candidate that were like some unbelievable lyrics to the ears did
not matter to the opposition. They insisted that what i wanted had never been done and would never be. What was my candidate's crime? Her sex! My little known candidate was a girl and nobody probably saw the strength of either Sarah Pallin or Hillary Clinton in her. She fitted perfectly into my maps for a successful leadership and so, i refused to bulge on my decision and eventually, the power of superior arguement won and the House ratified her position and Ada Okwor became the first and only Attorney General of the Student's Union Government of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
I smiled and wondered what it felt like then and i smiled yet again as i looked at her picture on Facebook.
Merry Christmas to you.