My Lockdown Story – Eddy Igbokwe

by Eddy Igbokwe

A Lockdown Story
By: Eddy Igbokwe

“DeJa Vu”, was the initial attitude of most people when a casual mention was made of a certain respiratory infection that had broken out somewhere far away in China.

“This is not going to be anything more scary than the world had witnessed in the past, when there had been the outbreak of swine flu (N1H1), Mad cow disease (CJD), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which fizzled out within a short period of time almost unnoticed”. These were the thoughts of most people. Some had even gone as far as characterizing it as hoax or scaremongering.

Suddenly, all hell broke lose! The real meaning of the word “viral”, stormed home when the devastation of being wreaked by a virus named “corona” (codenamed COVID-19) went viral. The epidemic became upgraded to a pandemic.

Italy, my country of residence became the very first country to record a major outbreak of COVID-19, outside of China.

At first, the idea of “Stay-at-home”, was casually mooted as celebrities jovially admonished. Until it became a “lockdown”, being enforced by security agencies when people started to die in drove. Death was literally in the air! Relatives and friends elsewhere in the world started calling to enquire of our wellbeing.

I’m a fitness enthusiast. The further shut down of the gyms really had a drastic impact on me. No one was permitted to go working outdoors beyond 200 metres from their home.

Although I’m not a TV “freak”, I couldn’t still get used to it whilst the lockdown, as there was no comfort in the objects of the news, which was basically about gloom and doom.

Also, I’m not into indoor games- table or electronic. So, potentially, my mental and physical wellbeing were in jeopardy.

However, fortunately, amazon was still delivering orders! I got two books by two Nigerian authors: ” The Tragedy of Victory”, By Goodwin Alabi Isama, and “Half of A Yellow Sun” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I devoured both books in 10days!
What next, boredom kicks in again?
I downloaded 10s of Hollywood classic and a few current movies, all which I watched within 10 days.

Then came the REAL DEAL: The RCCG online zoom church services and prayer meetings, which is still on-going, and 360 degrees soothing!!

In all, thankfully, we’ve gone past the worst. The lockdown has been eased, although 80% of people are still walking on eggshells. Caution has remained the buzzword. Facemask is now a fashion accessory, which is not going away anytime soon.

A Note From Eden: Dad,

At each phase of my life, I have been blessed with a father, and I’m grateful to you for being a father to me beyond time and distance. I’m grateful for all the cheerings to thrive on. For all the ever energy giving words. And for all the love. God bless you for everything you are and have been to your girl, Eden. It’s these little things that make the difference…

In your lockdown story, regardless of the storms within, there is this warmth that gently breezed through. The story is one that effortlessly takes the reader into the scene, on the wings of both clarity and empathy dominant in the piece. Thanks Sir, for giving us a quick trip to Italy. Thanks for sharing your truth with us. The world is dark enough. Continue to shine the light that you are.


Much love!!

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James Ubong June 10, 2020 - 4:38 pm

Wow! The imagery here was topnotch. I could practically visualize all the plights. Thank God things are getting better everywhere. This too will pass.

Vincent Akachi June 10, 2020 - 4:53 pm

This is so deep and touching. Italy went through hell compared to whatever we faced here. I can’t wait for all these to be over, finally!! Thanks so much for sharing sir

Yemi June 10, 2020 - 4:55 pm

Thank God the worst is over. We can only look forward to the best to come. Things will fall in place, gradually

Sheila June 10, 2020 - 6:47 pm

The media was just the worst resort this period. Everywhere you turn to COVID. The numbers moved from alarming to suspicion provoking thoughts. We still don’t know what to believe, sincerely. But the truth will always come out in the end. We would be fine

Preye Alalibo June 10, 2020 - 7:01 pm

Exactly what happened in so many other countries, in terms of taking the whole issue for granted. Thank God we know better now. Saying COVID is real or not should not be a debate at this stage. Although many crooked games will be played alongside the real thing. We know it is real, but however pray our world heals again soonest. God bless you for sharing Sir

Zara Paul June 10, 2020 - 7:09 pm

Wow! I can perfectly relate with a lot here. I thought I was the only one not into the TV. The boredom was killing at first till books saved the day. Also, life is returning to normal little by little. All will be well

Bright Benson June 10, 2020 - 8:34 pm

Beautifully inscribed

Sam Anayo June 10, 2020 - 9:02 pm

The facemask thing is now fashion. I concur. Over here it’s not even one properly by majority. One begins to wonder if it’s the facemask that really protects. All I just want is to wake up and hear and this is over

Pablo June 11, 2020 - 5:36 pm

Love and light. Keep staying safe.

Yemi June 11, 2020 - 6:51 pm

Thank God things are getting better now. It is well


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