My Lockdown Story – Olive Okakpu

by Olive Okakpu

The lockdown which begun on 31st March, 2020 made up so many memories that life stick for a lifetime. My experience during this Lockdown can best be described in three words: Sad. Miraculous. Awesome.

Before the lockdown, everything seemed to be going smoothly. My dad was strong, there was food in the house, my sister was always away at work, my two younger siblings were in the university and I was alone at home, feeling bored, but happy because we were all fine.

After the announcement of the lockdown, the house was full again. My dad had rush to the market to help us get some stuffs. Everything was still fine and we were all happy, although wondering how people would survive the lockdown.

Suddenly, two days after the lockdown on the 2nd of April, which was a Thursday, by 2am!!! My dad fell ill. It would have been worse, but for the mercies of God. I couldn’t have been less grateful. He suddenly couldn’t walk on his own, or even talk clearly. We all woke up to pray for him. I became so overwhelmed, in fact, I could feel my heart sinking. I cried bitterly. I couldn’t even sing praises or pray properly anymore.

The next morning, we went to the hospital through the help of a pastor, because there was no means of transportation (as we all know).
The doctor said my father’s blood pressure was so high, and bla bla bla, but we believed God’s report.
And as always, God didn’t disappoint us! Yep!! This is where the miracle came in. God showed up, he worked on my dad like a physiotherapist and within two weeks, my dad could walk without any assistance. His words became clearer, and he could move his right hand again.

God didn’t only do this, He used this medium to bless us financially. Our house rent was miraculously paid. There was more than enough food stuffs to the extent, we had so much to eat and give out. God fulfilled his words which says in Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him”(NIV).

Lastly, the lockdown was awesome because it was a sort of reunion as I spent the weeks with my sisters and baked my first cake during this period. Boredom became history as we shared so many moments where we talked , laughed and just had fun in our own way. I am already missing my siblings in advance!
Also, the online services usually held at home were awesome! It always felt like little Canaanland to me, that is, my church winners chapel.

In conclusion, I would say everything went well to the glory of God. We have no reason to be sad anymore because my dad is in perfect condition. God provided GREATLY, though I am already missing my siblings in advance.

No doubt, the Lockdown came in a time that badly shook my family at first. And it also delayed certain personal goals. I was supposed to have been done with my clearance in school (UNIBEN), and also started my Youth Service.
But in all, I have no regret, because God’s plan will always come through in the end. And as I said before, “All things work for the good of those who love God”.

A Note From  Eden: Dear Olive,
Effortlessly, you inspire by simply being you, always. You are an essence of beauty, and strength in duality. Your depths of brilliance knows no bound. Thanks for sharing your truth with us at Express-Shun. The world is dark enough. Continue to shine the light that you are.

Much love!!


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Amaka AK. May 11, 2020 - 3:29 pm

Wow! So glad everything went well at the end. Thanks for sharing dear. Your story is inspiring

John Odafe May 11, 2020 - 3:30 pm

You inspire indeed!

Jemimah A. May 11, 2020 - 3:33 pm

This is so beautiful. Especially the feeling of knowing everything really happened, no Fiction. But you and your family scaled through in the end. We went through something so similar in my house. Although it’s not all resolved yet, but I know in the end it will. God bless you for sharing

Wisdom May 11, 2020 - 3:36 pm

I can imagine. You’re are really strong. Even for sharing. This will definitely bless a lot of hearts because many families are going through trying times this period. Great work

Aka May 11, 2020 - 3:40 pm

It seems the Lockdown started quite well for most of us, and started to show its true color along the line… We’ll all be fine. And personally, I really love the online church too o. Still I pray this whole thing passes soon

Bola Aina May 11, 2020 - 3:41 pm

Beautiful story here!!!

Olive Okakpu May 11, 2020 - 4:35 pm

Thank you Eden,I love you.

Hilda May 11, 2020 - 4:35 pm

I love your story Olive! Beautiful

Ayo May 11, 2020 - 6:01 pm

Thank God you dad is fine now. And all the many miracles that followed. Just beauty for ashes. Lovely

Sochi May 11, 2020 - 7:59 pm

Wow, so inspiring I’m glad your dad is back on his feet… Thank God for God, what has he not done for us?? He’s done Everything!!!!!😘

Margaret May 12, 2020 - 2:22 pm

Thanksgiving and praise to the Ruler Of All.

Awoke Esther Francess May 12, 2020 - 7:45 pm

Such beautiful!!! So inspirational!! I’m proud of you Olive.

Awoke Esther Francess May 12, 2020 - 7:48 pm

Such beautiful writing!!! So inspirational!!! I’m proud of you Olive!

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