I wrote JAMB and passed and went for my post UTME and did not pass hehehe, I got 188 and the cut off was 200, I had a great laugh, I asked myself plenty funny questions, was this Gods own way of saying you shouldn’t study music?
Not possible, I started for a reason like I said life is a race you don’t know what would happen, when or where it would happen. I was advised to go for diploma in music and use my diploma to get into school.
I passed my diploma exam I got used to the system and made a decision that I was going to graduate with a first class. So I worked hard and was always reading . All of a sudden, the first departmental concert was here – our Music Fresher’s night.
I signed up to sing (of course!), rehearsed and then it was show time! I sang Whitney Huston’s “I would always love you”. All I could here was “with this your tiny body, she won’t hit the notes” but then I did (again, of course!) the hall scattered! From then on, I started getting little gigs and made new friends.
I decided to take JAMB and post UTME again. This time, I passed the two stopped my diploma and started going to school like a “proper student”. Me graduating with a First Class was still a priority so I read and worked hard but I’m pretty sure I played more than I read.
I was really good academically, very social and everywhere. I made friends on campus who were also into music but were not necessarily studying music and just tried to network with a lot of people.
In my department everyone called me “Shalom” but outside I was known as “Banke:the girl that sings”. I mostly sang classical songs in my department and outside the department, I sang mainstream songs along with my original songs.
I remember one time, someone talking to a friend saying “Shalom” can sing more than “Banke” and I’m there looking like but I am also “Banke”, abi do we have another “Banke” that sings on campus?…
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