My Lockdown Story – Ben Mario

by Mario Ben

A Lockdown Story

By: Ben Mario 

It all started like a rumour.
Videos, skits and clips all for the humour,
We heard there was a new virus called Corona,
It had made its way to Nigeria, all the way from China.

We were sensitized through various News Media that there was no cause for panic,
but eventually the World Health Organisation announced that we
were now facing a Global Pandemic!
This new development spread fast and filtered through towns.

We were told to prepare for a period of total lockdown.
Those who could afford it, engaged in ‘panic’ buying,
while those who were worse off turned to stealing, begging and crying.

I had to personally cancel my already planned road trip to the East. Resigning myself to the new “normal”, was all I could do in the

– B A E

A Note From Eden: Dear Mario,
Firstly, I have always known you to be an expert in sprinkling bits of poetry in your stories, and this one her isn’t an exception. From the overflow of the brilliance you effortlessly carry, your lockdown story is a reflection of so much wittiness whilst its brevity. Thanks for sharing your truth with us at Express-Shun. The world is dark enough. Continue to shine the light that you are.


Thrive on Champ!

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Monima June 14, 2020 - 12:13 am

Like always, we took it as a joke. Until reality hit big time. The truth is the world will never remain the same after this time.

Bamidele Aina June 14, 2020 - 12:20 am

At a point I had to avoid the media for many personal reasons. But still we need them to keep abreast. Like you well noted, the best is to adjust to this new normal.

Umoh June 14, 2020 - 12:24 am

For me, the travelling part was the height of it. I can’t wait for all these to be over.

Iyanu Afolabi June 14, 2020 - 7:00 am

This phase has revealed a lot. Many things about our very lives. How constrained we are even in the seeming liberty we have enjoyed over the years. It’s best we restructure our lives to the lessons of this phase. Well said!

Kelechi Mbakwe June 14, 2020 - 9:19 am

Very true. Let this phase just pass already!

Derah June 14, 2020 - 10:38 am

I guess we have to get used to the new normal

Chef Ike Paul June 14, 2020 - 3:28 pm

Lovely read here.


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