This is an interesting article written by Yakubu Temitope and we want to share it with Jamb candidates who chose the The Federal Polytechnic as their choice in the 2014 UTME.
The next time you come across a well dressed young man arguing vehemently and threatening to do battle with any Poly Bus Driver, don’t walk away like most people do. Wait till the fight is over and ask the young man this question: Are you an Abujarian? In 8 out of 10 cases, the guy would be a student of the The Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti who was “unfortunate” to be offered accommodation in the institution’s most popular hall of residence, Abuja Hostel.
Abujarians, as residents of Abuja Hall are addressed, are known for their uncompromising stand against injustice. However, they sometimes take their activism too far and that’s why the Management and other Students have consistently branded the Hostel as a “haven of thugs and notorious elements”.
I’m an Abujarian and forever will be one. The hall is a replica of Zik Hall in UI, Awo Hall in OAU.
Don’t get me wrong, please. The activities of Abujarians do not come near what obtained on Poly road. Though Abuja Hall is a place of contrasts, its residents respect the beliefs of one another.
Though the Hall has been labeled a den of rebels, it is a nice place to live in. Nice in the sense that you can’t be oppressed in Abuja Hall. The Hall has a unique culture that is strictly observed and valued by true Abujarians. Unlike some other Halls of Residence where students lord it over one another, you are a freeborn in Abuja Hall.
It is a place where ND 1 students and finalists see themselves as comrades, rather than trying to subdue one another.
When you’re broke as an Abujarian, all you need do is to pick up your spoon and enter any of the over 200 rooms in the Hall. You will come out smiling with the hunger getting conquered.
You need to be around when Abujarian hold their yearly carnival. Brilliant students would stay away from their books for some hours to show the Polytechnic community their weird attributes. They dress up as ghosts and zombies (remember Michael Jackson’s Thriller?), masquerades, Ifa and Sango priests, Count Dracula, madmen, pastors and Imams, etc.
They would move round the campus, dancing to music supplied by a Disc Joker and the Hall’s supporters club.
The Abuja Hall carnival is always a sight to behold with residents of the Polytechnic’s other halls of residence being held spellbound by the tantrums of their course mates.
Writing comprehensively on Abuja Hall could lead to writing a Project. However, it should be noted that the hall breeds great men. Call them what you want, but Abujarians are intelligent, resourceful, law abiding and God fearing.
Right from its inception in the 80s, Abuja Hall has continued to produce men that have done the School proud. To all Freshers, try and take a Bike to the Hall referred to as the Heartbeat of the Polytechnic – Abuja Hall. It is the abode of unpretentious undergraduates.
Yakubu Temitope Tajudeen, An Abujarian writes from ALUTA REPUBLIC, Students’ Union Building, The Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti.