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They will always lament of how people from the village are ‘following’ them.

In campus you are bound to come across many students from different socio-cultural backgrounds, through your four year period you are bound to have different roommates with different likes and dislikes unless you decide to rent outside campus  where you will live in solitude. Up to now in my 2nd year of study have stayed with different ‘roomies’;

The Villagers; this must be the favorite roommate you have to thank God for. They come from the interior parts of the republic with stories you always love to listen to. They are usually geniuses or something close to that who happen to make it solo from their former high school to the university, lone rangers. These are the students the whole village looks up to as his or her success is considered the success of the whole village. They are always amazed by everything from portable televisions (laptops), flowing water from the tap, ability to light a room using the electrical switch, flash toilets, machines that ‘pour’ money ATM machines blaah blaah. Furthermore they came to witness buildings which are built on top of buildings, storey buildings in the university this explains why they fear going up high buildings.

The Drunkards; depending on your religious inclination you are bound to love them or to hate them. These are people who cannot sleep with any alcoholic drink in the same room, its either one sleeps inside the other. They are de facto members of any nearby ‘munir de barreaux’ and shareholders of all beer, wines and spirits companies. They believe alcohol was made for them to drink and only them. When they are drunk they would usually shout along the academic highway tracking to their halls of residence ‘If Jesus turned water into wine who am I not to drink,’ a clear indication that they were magnificent during their Sunday school days .They place the bottles of all the alcoholic drinks they ever drunketh on windows of their hostel rooms to show their level of experience in that field. They are usually on financial comatose but never fail to have money for alcoholic activities.

The Scholars; These are students who came to the university to read, unlike majority of us who read so as to make it past the cut off mark and join varsity. Their life revolves around lecture halls and the library as they spend minimum and necessary contact with their rooms.They Know very well what brought them to the university. They are usually on an academic mode as they maneuver their way along the academic highway walking in an academic angle. Getting 27 out of 30 in a CAT is an unforgivable academic sin punished by trans-nighting.

Fashionistas; they are the my dress my choice clique of roommates that are definitely going to kick start your day on a cheerful note. They always want to dress in the most suitable way possible say like Kanye West or Nicky Minaj depending on their gender. They spend close to an hour admiring themselves on the mirror as they mix the eye pencil, eye shadow, lip gloss, lip balm, mascara, and foundation and other beauty paraphernalia to an extent that they look like someone different.

The Musicians; the woofer and virtual Dj pro mixer on the laptop or their phone memory card are enough. They ensure that the whole hostel knows that they have an ampex woofer and the latest song in the music arena. Even when they are off to lectures the music is always on, loud and clear.

The Chef; they always practice what I simply call industrial cooking. The probability that their coil is on flight mode is close to zero, let’s just say zero. They are always cooking everything they can lay their hands on as long as it can be cooked and eaten making your room temperature to be somewhere close to what the Tuaregs experience at the Sahara Desert.

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The Aggressive One; they are the proverbial Mr No Fear No Favour you are not allowed to use any of their utensils, even a tea spoon before giving a formal explanation probably using diagrams why you have to. They are always bossy to the extent that they order you around yet you might either be age mates or you are slightly older than them. They pull a Hammurabi the Lawgiver on you,crafting a list of the do’s and don’ts which usually favour them expecting everyone to follow with minimum or no objection.

The Gambler; they always aware of all the games that will be going down that day from the Japanese J-League where Gamba Osaka will be taking on Kashima Antlers at 12:15 pm Kenyan time to The Brasileiro Serie B where Vasco Da Gama would be away to battle it out with Bragantino, a game that they will follow via Livescore at 3:00 am . Their discussions revolve around betting sites such as Betway, Sportpesa and Betin with sports analysis and prediction applications such as Flashscore and 2+Betting taking the place of Opera Mini on their phones.

The Clean One; ensuring everything is at the right place seem to be their calling. They always clean up your mess ensuring the room is not only clean but also orderly. They always go for the upper case, the top bed in a decker since they feel the pinch when someone sits on their beds leaving it messed up. Their colour of choice is usually white or any other bright colour.

I don’t care; they never attend any lectures throughout the semester they are always in or less than 100 metres from the room. They spend most of their time engaging in non-academic activities such as playing computer games and keeping up with the latest movies and series to the extent that you are kept wondering if they are even enrolled in any academic course, to them campus is a holiday camp.

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The Traditionalist; this kind of roommate believes that every time misfortunes come their way,even simple headaches it is the work of jealous neighbor back in the village who are unhappy with his successful endeavors at campus being the only one who has made it that high in the academic ladder. They will always lament of how people from the village are ‘following’ them.



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