In 2014, I was admitted into the prestigious Federal university of Agriculture, Abeokuta and one hostel was the talk of town at the time. I was fortunate to have over 5 of my class mates in that hostel with plenty friends who jostled to spend a night there at the time.
A room costs as high as N130,000 per year.
Situated at Gate, ROCHESTER HOSTEL is a very big ultra-modern hostel with facilities that are the dream of every average Nigerian student. The hostel has two blocks with one block strictly designated to house the ladies while the other block for the guys. Every room is tiled with cool toilets and kitchen that will tempt you to do some cooking.
The environment is so serene, as it has cool horticultural features in the compound that can inspire great photo shoots and cool pictures. The common room at Rochester is just to cool to be a common room, it’s like a mini pent house, it’s just too fine. They have a mini mart t and even have a football pitch in front of the hostel and guess what, the guys don’t disappoint on Saturdays as they make best use of the pitch. There was a time in 2015 when light was bad in the school area but ROCHESTER always had light every night thanks to their BIG generator. Mighty ROCHESTER… I doff my hat oh.
But wait oh, everything has its down side. The rich kids are being trained in very subtle manner as water usually finishes with 1 hour in the hostel after it has been pumped. When the hostel is housing lots of scooters, roomies, paddies and besties, such situations are bound to happen. Imagine staying on the third floor and you have to fetch water from a well downstairs, you will develop muscle by force.
Interestingly, there is a large group of people that live in this hostel too. As a Lagos boy, they say you can like to relocate to lekki just to make friends with individuals that will change your life financially. The same thing happens in Rochester, with plenty Hustlers turning up just to mingle with the rich gang. Niggas can like to crowd themselves up in a single room just to boast that they stay in ROCHESTER.
The shoplifters and make up girls want to always look good when they step out of the hostel and so they always finish work on their body every time. I know beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder but a random survey has shown that lots of these ladies who step out look like a shadow of themselves without make up. In fact, during examinations, they look like characters in a horror movie.
Please don’t get me wrong, I know some beautiful ladies in this hostel and as a statement of fact, the only lady I have had cause to trip for stays in this hostel. (if you want to know her, +2348141534385)
Let me quickly say that in recent years, the competition has woken up and they are stepping up their game but Rochester is still going strong. However, the owner of the hostel needs to change the porter as the guy has started driving cab, in other words, “Oti Japa”. From faulty generator to inability to pump water on time, everything is slowly becoming a flop.
I can categorically say that the hostel will continue to wax strong in years to come but then it might be filled with lots of hustlers instead of the rich kids it was built to accommodate.
Itz Lucas repping FCM