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In July 2021, after 16 weeks of pulsating vocal performances, NMS 09 Kingdom Kroseide has emerged as the winner of the Nigerian Idol Season 6 competition. During the finale event, both finalists performed songs by Fela Kuti. While Francis sang Yellow Fever, Kingdom rendered Gentleman.
Can they tell the tale of My story, your story, our story of history summed up with boys of ten , eleven, twelve, who through mutual pain and joy and swimming through intricate waters were Weaned into a brotherhood Into what every nation should be
This is the brotherhood that builds a country. This is the brotherhood that makes me look at the man from the farthest parts of my country and see him as my brother and compatriot, not as one from another place. For us, Nigeria is home because, in every nook and cranny of this vast nation, each of us has a brother.
To the NMS boy, his passing out day is a mixed day. He is happy that he is passing out, and he is sad that he is loosing something he does not know. But what else can he do? Everything that has a beginning must surely have and end.
The five years we spent together saw us concentrating on our pursuit of excellence, we found each person to be a worthy asset to our achieving greatness. We learnt from one another, taught one another, helped one another to be on our feet. We grew up knowing that to be successful we needed to need each other and work together.
In the year 1951, the British brought up an idea of establishing the Boys Company with the same pattern as the Boys Wing of the British Army for each of the 4 British West African Colonies, namely the Gambia, Ghana (formerly Gold Coast), Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
I was fortunate to have been assigned to Echo Company and my Cadre Course was in Echo Company. This is my Echo Company NMS experience and how fortunate I considered myself to have been an Echolite. Enjoy and I look forward to your comments.
I have always believed in one Nigeria, I have always believed in the unity of this great country of ours. Can I sound the bugle and hail all ex-boys to heed the clarion call of nation-building, of shunning ethnic bias to fight in our various cocoons to unite Nigerians?
An unbreakable bond, forged by a common heritage. A pedigree steeped in history, from an age when most were still sucklings. Granted a pass through the most rigorous of weaning processes, to partake of an experience few ever will.