Culture and Travel Housemanship Life in Medicine

Living & Working In Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Guys!!!! I had to write. And you need not say, I know I have been off this space (and social media) for a good while. I missed y’all. Did you miss me too?

I blogged about my new job here, and mentioned how housemanship can be stressful and time demanding, and even queried how often my showing up on the blog would be afterwards.

My first two weeks were hell! Literally. I barely had a life of my own. I was either in the ward, in the call room, in the theatre, in the laboratory (checking results) or seldom in the kitchen trying to grab dinner – call food.

Noticed how I didn’t mention my room? That was because I slept in the call room for the entire fourteen days of my first rotation –Paediatric Surgery! Yeah, it was that hellish.

The weekend before I resumed, however, I completed two blog posts and scheduled them. I was too busy to promote them on social media, and they suffered both anaemic reads and shares.


At NMA Osun elections in Oshogbo.

My second rotation, Urology was less stressful than the first. I had some spare time, but rather than writing or blogging, I channelled my free time to resting and recuperating.

The third, Orthopaedics was not stressful all the time. There were days I found myself questioning my choice of profession and exploring alternative career options in my head. You know when they say medicine is a calling, best believe the sayer is not mincing words.

In taking each day as it comes and counting down to the end of one rotation and the beginning of another, I have become all too aware that time does fly.

I woke up on Monday morning feeling all shades of blue that some of my personal and blog goals have been on a halt, while time, on the other hand, has ceaselessly moved forward. I reread my last three blog posts, looked over my blog and blog planner, and shook my head at some of the beautiful ideas journaled that are yet to come into fruition.

In the course of this reflection, I made a realization that my life has been greatly altered in the last two months; it has taken on a new course, and so will my goals have to. I also realized that my life has not been completely unproductive as I was tempted to think.


Amidst all of the sweat breaking work, I have managed to live – truly and fully daresay I. And that made all the difference.

Ile-Ife, unlike Port Harcourt or Lagos, is no big city. But what they lack in urbanization, they make up for in love and hospitality.

There are days I am pissed about how far I have to “travel” to get some items in a supermarket or use the beauty salon. And days I wonder how and why the indigenes are not entrepreneurial minded.

I have given up cravings for my Eastern and Southern Nigerian soups and now understand the fuss about Nigerian Jollof rice. I am still too sceptical to eat my first bowl of Amala and Ewedu and afraid that I may not have enough courage to try it out. (I eventually tried it. Here’s my verdict!)

I am learning that even though Epele sir/ma means sorry in Yoruba to an older person, it can also be used as a form of greeting. “The complexities of the Yoruba language,” they call it.

I have made friends with people from tribes and religion different from mine, and I am climbing over the divide these build between people.

I am learning to live and love and to remember to have hearty laughter while at it.

Have you had a life-altering event lately? How are you coping? What are you learning? Please, share your thoughts in the comments.



By annieejiofor

Hello. I'm Annie, a Nigerian, medical doctor, IELTS coach, freelance editor and the voice behind the writing.

I blog about life within and without medicine and other lifestyle topics like books, travel and helpful advice for medical professionals.

23 replies on “Living & Working In Ile-Ife, Nigeria”

Dr Annie,”epele maβ€πŸ˜ with time,your yoruba will get better.That is how gruesome HJ is in OAUTHC,but you will survive it step by step,nice write up.

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awwwnn, my very own Doc.
you have been missed on this space.

it’s good to know you are enjoying your stay at Ile-Ife as well as your housemanship.

I’ve been on a six months internship and would be done by the end of September. There are days I feel like I don’t have a life of my own because I leave home before 7:30am almost everyday and get home within the hours of 5 and 6pm,by then I’m tired. I panic when my mom is not home because I have prepare meals before leaving and when I return, and make sure everything is in order.

I’m grateful for the experience though because I’ve come to accept it as a rehearsal for when I’m married and working, lol; and I know God will help me handle it well.

thanks for sharing your experience love.
#virtualhugs #virtualkisses

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Awww. Thank you so much, Boma!!! Your comments are always heart warming. Yes, it is rehearsal. Being a wife and mum is no small deal. God will equip us. πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ˜˜β€


‘Dockey’! Eku se.

It’s good to hear you’re coping fine at your new job and ‘home’.
Feel at home, h-enjoy the Amala and the ewedu, the peppery stew, the eko and efo, etc😁
To overcome your skepticism, all you need is to defeat the initial inertia. If you get hooked, na you go de rush the Amala and Ewedu sef. Hehehe.

The past few months of being in the North, I’m learning the Hausa Language ‘kadan kadan'(small small).
I have noted that I am not wont of trying out new dishes. My inertia is HUGE. I hope to overcome it someday.

All the best in your work, and in your Ile-Ife sojourn.

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You know these their foods so well πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Do you eat Amala and Ewedu? Is it that delicious?

The North is my next stop In Nigeria. Hahaha. πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ˜

Thank you, Onyx. πŸ€—πŸ€—


Hehehe. I’ve eaten Amala, but not with ewedu though.
I hear the combo is delicious. I haven’t been in the West for some time now, if I were, I would definitely have eaten it by now. I think you should try it.

OK @ “North your next stop in Nigeria. Eku sojourningπŸ˜‰

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Eku sojourning oo πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

It was only a few days ago that I heard Amala could be eaten with a soup other than Ewedu. Hahaha

By popular vote, I hope to give Amala and Ewedu a shot soon and will share my experience 😊

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Awwww dear! You’ve been greatly missed but I’m happy you are learning to live and love through it all.

OrΓ¨ πŸ˜€ Please enjoy yourself and make time to rest when possible. Much love! 😘😘😘

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Wow. This is a beautiful write up by a very talented lady. I want to simply say that medicine is not just a calling, it is a ministry. That is why a child of God must practice it with the full backing of the Holy Spirit. You will have the opportunity to touch lives in unimaginable ways. Not just your patients, but your colleagues also. You’ll learn to put up with all manner of people with different pattern of thoughts and ego to pacify. Howbeit, for you that is called to this ministry, you will show forth the Glory of God if ye faint not. Remember, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it”.

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An amazing read Dr Ejiofor.

E pele ma. Eku House Job.

I hope you learn alittle more of the language, cuisine and have many great cultural shocks.

It all gets better. You re stronger already. 😊

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My dearest Annie (fish), such a wonderful write up. I believe you will get a firm grip on the culture (way of living, food etc) as time passes on. Remember i spent a year in Ekiti and oftentimes, i kept asking myself if i made the right choice to stay when i had the option to move to another familiar state. In the end, i learnt that in every phase in life, you build strength, character and wisdom for the next.
Keep enjoying the best Ile-Ife has to offer and shining in your career. Much love dear.

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