EXT. JEJELAYE COMMUNITY SCHOOL – MORNING
We see a school building with dilapidated structures, the sign post which carries the name: JEJELAIYE COMMUNITY SCHOOL. A heap of refuse stood some ten metres away from the school gate. We also see some of the students sneak out of the school from a broken portion of the school gate.
INT. CLASSROOM – SAME DAY
We see a crowded classroom of sixty pupils. A TEACHER stands in front of the class. As he teaches, we see a particular girl passing some pictures to her friends and another eating banana.
The jam-packed classroom however makes the teacher unaware of the distractions. All of a sudden, a student farts and the furious teacher punishes the entire students.
STAFF ROOM – LATER THAT DAY
A TEACHER is discussing with one of his students, SEGUN.
Although you are an average student yet I see
a genius in you.
A genius? Sir, you are the first to tell
Don’t ever under-rate yourself. I discovered something
about you the last test I marked your script.
Though you merely scored a pass mark but you gave very
I am confident that if you put in an extra effort in
your studies, you will surely excel.
Sir, I don’t know what to say. I still see myself
as an average student.
All I need from you is to task your brain beyond measure
until you attain the mark of excellence. I wish you good
Sir, you are the first person to ever tell me this. Some
of my friends in private schools tell me they enjoy a
good rapport with their teachers but this is my first
time to witness it in a public school.
You are right. It is very rare but there are still some
teachers in public schools who are very passionate
with their jobs. Children in private schools are more
confident, have more access to books in their school
libraries, enjoy some specialized subjects but then,
whenever any student determines to go the extra mile
irrespective of whether he attends a public or private
school, he comes out in flying colours.
EXT. IN FRONT OF SEGUN’S HOUSE – EVENING
SEGUN fans away a swarm of mosquitoes with a piece of paper on his reading table. The parasite had found a comfortable habitation on his left-over food on the table. As he resumes with his studies, the unrepentant ‘visitors’ re-emerges. He carries the plate away and continues with his lessons. The young boy was so deep in his studies that he cared less that the kerosene in the lantern was already decreasing. Few minutes later, he hears noisy voices from afar off. As the voices draws nearer, he looks up.
(Shakes his head)
Olumide and Emeka are at it again. Two party freaks.
The scene eventually reveals the owners of the two noisy voices, OLUMIDE and EMEKA. The two boys appear in black trouser jeans on white T-Shits.
SEGUN, when did you turn to a book worm?
Don’t mind him. He would soon get tired. I have
several successful brothers at Idumota market who
cannot even read and write and yet they control
millions of naira.
Why are you in school then? Go and join them and make
your millions than wasting your time and your
My friend, you are too hostile. What Emeka
actually meant was that too much of everything is
Olumide, please ignore him. We are already late for
The duo walks away, making hurtful remarks at their friend.
INT. OLUMIDE’S VERANDA – THREE YEARS LATER
The scene takes us to OLUMIDE’s veranda. We see him resting lazily on a couch, an ear-phone stick to his ears from his IPOD device. EMEKA dashes in with a newspaper and jerks his friend.
My friend, don’t disturb me. I’m listening to my
(Pulls the ear-phone away from his ears)
Olumide, wonders shall never cease.
OLUMIDE stares at the newspaper with his friend and burst into laughter.
When did you become a newspaper addict; I don’t
know you read newspapers.
Will you shut up and listen to me! I’m here to shock
OLUMIDE becomes quiet and attentive as EMEKA flips through the newspaper to reveal the page which carries the picture of a familiar figure to both of them.
Impossible! So Segun is the overall winner of CHOCO-
DRINK Mathematics competition?
The guy is now a superstar. While we were busy loafing
Around, Segun went the extra mile. He truly paid his
LATER THAT DAY AT THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE
The scene leads us to the school principal’s office. We see SEGUN granting an interview to a PRESS OFFICER, while the school principal looks on.
How do you feel being the overall winner of the
Mathematics competition considering the fact you
are from a public school?
I must clarify this fact that being a winner, has nothing
to do with whether you attend a public or private School.
what matters is if the student is willing to go the extra
mile, that is, going beyond what he is taught in school.
I used to be an average student until the day i determined
never to settle for less but to go the extra mile by
studying as if my whole life depended on it. I advise
other youths to emulate me.