My Lockdown Story- Emem Ibanga

by Emem

A Lockdown Story 

By: Emem Ibanga

It all began with the demise of someone in East Asia,
many of us thought it would never get to us.
Well, it cannot, because we wear a shield stronger than a mask, healthier to our flesh than a bucketful of vitamins, potent to kill more than ninety-nine point nine percent germs, and still lash fear in the butt.

I have been indoors, because mum wants me safe. My skin has not felt the pricking hot sun, making it shrink and fade.

The world is having a costume party, but there’s no category for whose, ‘best dressed’. Many have been rudely kicked out of the party, pulled and dragged by hands beyond their control.

Many are afraid of taking off their costume, lest they too are seen by COVID’s unseen eyes.

“This thing just dey do me somehow. Na as I wear am I dey comot am”, I heard one typical Nigerian boy say.
I could relate. It always feels like wearing a thick sweater in hot season. That’s why the breeze I feel on my face when I take it off is soothing.

I was out the other day when the lockdown was lifted. A little girl struggled to sell all that was in her tray, because when the doors to the average man means to survive are shut, she too will have only one meal a day or nothing at all.

Today, the market is open. Tomorrow stores are shut.
The crowd is alarming and the dangerous COVID is not giving a thought.
So, it has become the survival of the fittest for many.

Some will learn to check and balance. Some don’t really care anymore. They would say, “it’s either I die of hunger or the scary arms of COVID”

What About Me?
I’ll live in the ease of His promise. Devoid of the fear that’s chasing many and still haunting. I would help someone in need, but I’ll put on a mask, because I’m dancing at the party too.

And finally, here’s my message to the hunter –
COVID, you suck!
You have no sting!!
you have no Victory!!!

A Note From Eden: Dear Emem,
You are one of a kind. Your ability to lift a story full of negativities, and filter all the darkness away, is awe-inspiring. You carry so much light and never hesitate to leave a mark of the brightness in you. Your love for God is glaring and this is made evident in all you do, with no exception to the story just told. 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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Isaiah B. May 22, 2020 - 11:41 pm

I love love the costume party imagery used. Very connected indeed.

Sarah Writes May 22, 2020 - 11:49 pm

This so lovely, and thanks for the bits of hope you left within your story. Just what we need at this time.

Dayo Smart May 22, 2020 - 11:55 pm

A time to balance a lot with the life we have been living before now. With God and with even ourselves

Paul May 22, 2020 - 11:58 pm

Wearing this particular costume is so discomforting and tiring.

Victory May 23, 2020 - 12:23 am

True. It never seemed like something that will become so close, but here we are now. What is let now is the way forward, and we can only but find this way in The Way Himself.

Margaret May 23, 2020 - 4:51 pm

The costume party analogy is amazing. Indeed, the breeze I feel when I take it off is soothing. Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful story.

EmemObong May 24, 2020 - 8:48 am

Thank you so much for your words. They fill up my ink for more.


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