Story, Story,
Once upon a time…
I had just finished my JSS2 Third Term Examinations and was on the long vacation (summer holidays) in August, 2003. I had planned to go visit Chinedu, David, Tunde, Raphael, Morgak, Uche, etc. at least, we’d play counter soccer, Sega, PS2, and other fun activities.
As usual, I woke up one morning and told my dad that I wanted to go visit my friends. He told me that if I would learn how to type, then I could go visit my friends. He took my elder sister and I to a Computer Business Centre not too far from our house and introduced us to Mr. Philemon, who was our Instructor (I wonder where he is now, never got to ask him his surname).
Philemon introduced us to Mavis Beacon (a typing software), and my journey towards appreciating Computer usage began. Within 2 weeks, I was tying 43wpm (words per minute) and the Instructor told my dad that I was good and I could stop coming to the Centre but I should not stop practicing.
Honestly, I didn’t see it as a big deal. I just wanted to enjoy the holidays with my friends (which I did afterwards).
School resumed and my Computer teacher was shocked when I was using the computer and was not picking keys any longer. While in SS1 and SS2, I was privileged to type my High School’s magazine articles’ drafts, this took my speed up to 88wpm as I was constantly tying then. My high school Director, M. deDouhet also helped me hone various Microsoft Office skills as I stayed back and typed.
As I look back now (even though, I average 72-77wpm), I can’t help but appreciate my dad every time I use the computer for helping me make one of the best decisions of my life.

PS: Been a while I wrote a story, so I hope I gave this a good shot.

Lemme know what you think in the comment section, below.

(c) Chukwudi I.


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