A Lockdown Story
By: Onyinye Henry – Anatogu
As hard as I tried, I couldn’t tell my lockdown story without saying the position it put me in. Deciding to get married is one big decision that will have you damn varying/contradictory opinions of loved ones all with good intentions as I like to believe. But deciding again if to postpone or not is another big feat.
Right from the start of the year, I had envisioned a lot for the big day. I had shopped. Negotiated and made payments. Suddenly, from nowhere. From not even the slightest thought, here came something that no one could possibly do anything to manage. In all of these I learnt courage. I learnt again that most of the times, the WILL is all you need. As I watched my Hubby lose hope on the Monday of our wedding week, I learnt that the strongest of men is still a man.
Weeks into the lockdown I had panicked, he (my fiancé) was so optimistic and here we were, the strong man needing his own words as a booster. Of course I learnt immediately to feed him his favourite words, and he chewed nicely.
We wedded against all odds. I went to the church dressed in jeans…OK this story is pretty long… To be told another day.
Life In The Lockdown
I had plans to set up my studio in my matrimonial home and jump right into painting but it’s not quite working as I envisaged. I really have to get used to the world here first. It’s different. While the lockdown isn’t for a good course, it’s helped me settle in without feeling the pressure of home and work demands.
I watch the news and I’m also coincidentally on a series titled “The Last Ship”. A movie on how a pandemic hit the world. It’s frightening to learn from the movie that all of these could have politics playing underground at the expense of people’s lives. It’s frightening to think that even when there is a cure, people would still die because the cure would be hoarded. Food. The increasing rate of poverty. While the world is collectively worrying over COVID-19 and Post COVID- 19, I learnt from the news that the Shabirus were marking Leah Shabiru’s 17th birthday in captive. She was abducted when she was 14. In this world, It’s not one bad news at a time, it’s multiple! How much more harm can the world system do to its unsuspecting victims- Humans. it’s scary!
In all, rather than fear we choose courage and light. We choose to keep hope alive. We choose to spread love in the little ways we can. (while we still can) We choose to watch and pray, which I feel is a lot at this time.
To Our Heroes
To the medical personnel, the force men and all those playing one role or the other at the forefront of this battle, while we stay safe at home and dance to cameras, watch movies, wait for PHCN to restore light to charge our gadgets and continue the circle.
We see you. God sees you. Our hearts and prayers are with you, always.
A Note From Eden: Dear Onyinye,
Effortlessly you inspire. In your words. In your actions and even in your inactions.
Beauty, strength, brilliance are merely attempts of your description. Beyond all you have ever been, you just added more feathers to you cap. Your crown. The one you wear on the inside.
You looked COVID-19 in the eyes, winked at it, and went ahead to get married! You frightened fear. You’ve left your mark. And this is just the beginning of your legendary story. Thanks for sharing your truth with us at Express-Shun. The world is dark enough. Continue to shine the light that you are.