My Lockdown Story – Oge Chi

by Oge Chi

A Lockdown Story

By: Oge Chi

Eden has asked me to write a lock down story more like doing a “short on life” with me as a creative. The church geh in me would say right back to her that “I’ll live long in the land of the living”, I’ll never short live life. But I have already tweeted that God should remove 2020 from my age, as I did not use it. So yeah the life has been cut short(in the year 2020).

A Glimpse of How I Feel
She also said I should write on how I’ve been coping (good, bad and ugly), if there’s a word called goodbadugly that’s how the motivational speakers are making me feel. The motivational speakers of our time are doing their best to make me productive this period. It’s one thing to have to stay at home, its another thing to be told to stay at home and it’s even greater when you’re told to use the opportunity to expand your home.

Hope You Understand Me, Because…
( Eden said I should let it flow as it comes). As a struggling creative(yes I’m struggling because you’re reading bits of what I would have said better and you haven’t read my thoughts on okada books or you would say that there are better ways to say this).

Like I was saying, the motivational speakers are having me watch webinars, attend zoom meetings and pin messages on telegram. They are going heads on trying to convince me that the money that I pay for their thoughts are worthwhile(don’t tell me it’s about the money) but I also know that they are sitting at home too. It’s not easy trying to put ideas, knowledge and words together to try and encourage, teach and advice us as the Corinthians to upgrade our knowledge and be better.

Different Type of Hearts In Colours And Shapes
A certain category of people feel that nothing in this world can make them work or learn during this period. They’d rather drink mojito and listen to us that listen to motivational speakers than hear directly…

Having people tell you the way to think is very easy, I mean what is difficult in having a 3D angle to writing a story? Is it a problem learning animation and graphics to help your work? What do you need a publisher for? You can create an eBook and become an author in 7days!! ..the list goes on and on.

And there goes life, I begin to hustle. I pay for all the letters of the speakers. Romans is speaking. Corinthians is spatting. Philippians is dropping Mic, and Thessalonians is teaching us to chill and still glow, lol.

The Zigzag Of Life
I am not really serious neither am I stating anything that is official. I just want to tell the creative person in you that even though they say Rome was not built in a day, it really wasn’t built in a day.
Life just keeps buzzing, and right now the motivational speakers are at one end thinking they are doing too much. The drinkers of mojito are searching for other tastes. Eden is receiving more submissions than she asked for and I’m here, seriously talking in the ‘not creative’. Shouldn’t we all just breath? And don’t tell me to keep on keeping on, is that not what I’m doing? Let’s all just breath abeg.

A Note From Eden: Dear Oge,
You did it! You let it flow as it came. The bugs. The weights. The good. The bad and the ugly. You brought them all out in a quite terrific way. You stormed. You thundered. And you still left a rainbow in the end. Only a few may relate. What more is freedom than the ability to pour out your heart from all angles. Besides, I chuckled every now and then, as I saw my name splashed here and there in this outpour. 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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Alex Deji May 24, 2020 - 11:28 pm

This is deep and wide.

Margaret May 25, 2020 - 1:25 am

I too smiled at the uniqueness of this story.


Ogechi May 25, 2020 - 7:34 am

Thank you so much Eden, and I really hope everyone just gets to breath WELL during this times.

Jennifer Lawrence May 25, 2020 - 2:15 pm

I understand this state because it happens to me a lot. Everything choking all at once and I wouldn’t even know how to express what’s wrong. I just know things aren’t right.

Chisom Okoye May 25, 2020 - 3:18 pm

Truth! Let’s all breathe abeg!!

Nelly B. May 25, 2020 - 3:25 pm

“And don’t tell me to keep on keeping on, is that not what I’m doing?” You just nailed it here. I love you girl

Bamidele Oworu May 25, 2020 - 4:35 pm

It’s a crazy world. But we would all be fine. Or at least try to stay sane.

Ossy Bright May 26, 2020 - 6:01 pm

Wow! I barely have any word, but I can relate with almost everything here.


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