YOURS IN ARMS 

looks at the trials and tribulations within the life of student-cadets who are committed to conserving the history of a Civilian run infantry in Nigeria. 

The establishment of paramilitary in institutions dates back to the Nigerian Second Republic [1976] under a militia regime headed by General Olusegun Obasanjo As a prospect to coax more educated fellows into the army, soldiers would regularly come to inculcate military training in drills and parades, self-defense, physical fitness, first aid, citizenship, and leadership. 

In modern times, the degree of pressure from being both CADET and STUDENT is considered an exhausting task. At Yaba College Of Technology alone, out of over 16,000 student enrolment, statistics show that approximately only 0.2% of this population usually makes the brave decision and chose to combine this extracurricular activity with school work and personal life.

This project examines the diverse realities of life as a student-cadet. I was inspired to start this story because I was once a member of this organization. After finishing my service, It became clear how much I’ve been disconnected from their conventions over the years, rather than embrace it. Mostly because I found it extremely hard to bear this militia journey while managing other drastic social changes in my personal life. By reconnecting with these cadets and photographing their realities both vigor and vulnerable phases, I am exploring the truth and fiction of military personnel all over the world.

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