My Lockdown Story – Oji Naomi Emuejevuoke

by Oji Naomi Emuejevuoke

A Lockdown Story
By: Oji Naomi Emuejevuoke

The earth has been on a very long slumber. A very unpredictable one at that! It all began when the virus known as CORONA was discovered in 2019 and thus, had it’s name COVID-19. This was said to have first been discovered in a town known as WUHAN in China.

Rumour has it that the cause of the virus was because the people of Wuhan eats bat, live rodents and the likes.

At first, the virus was in every continent except Africa. Oh! Who knows? Maybe the virus was scared of Africans! I guess we all thought we were lucky enough to be left out in the pandemic until late March, 2020. Nigeria had her first case of COVID-19 in Lagos, and gradually it spread across the country, which resulted to a supposed two weeks lockdown in the affected states.

My place of residence, Edo State was among the affected areas. Well, the lockdown which initially was just for two weeks turned into months.

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Life during the lockdown wasn’t easy, especially for those who weren’t financially buoyant. Citizens were asked to stay indoors on self isolation. Obviously, staying indoors wouldn’t put food on the table for some citizens, although the president mentioned feeding people during the lockdown.

How could there be a lockdown when the rate of poverty in our dear country is extremely high? How could there be a lockdown when we have street kids all over the country? How could there be a lockdown when some people need to work everyday including Sundays in order to be able to have at most two meals a day! Where would those street kids go to? Shelter wasn’t provided for them. We want to curb the virus when we haven’t made a single plan in curbing a greater disease, POVERTY!

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I’m not against the lockdown. My point is, proper measures were supposed to have been taken before the lockdown. Shelter for homeless persons in the country were meant to have been provided. Is it one who can’t afford shelter for himself that would deem it necessary or prolly even have the money to buy a face mask? If these unsheltered persons roam about, only Heaven would save the GIANT OF AFRICA.

We’re meant to be social distancing, but I watched a video I guess it was broadcasted also, somewhere in Lagos State, food items were being distributed amongst people who were not masked, even though the distributors were properly masked.
The people were more than two hundred!
As I said earlier, these persons weren’t masked at all. The rules regarding social distancing were not maintained at all, as they all looked like sardine packed in a small container.

On proper planning, the food items could have been shared in a more civilized way, without risking the health of citizens.

Students of various institutions have been at home for almost three months! What measure has been put in place to make sure these students are not moved backward academically? Is it the proposed virtual class we heard of but never had? Is our dear country too poor to afford virtual classes for all students and pupils of various institutions? The reason is not even farfetched. Many of our leaders are so engrossed in the sweetness of money and affluence, blinded by corruption.

But the good thing about the lockdown is, I was able to attend webinars which on a normal day I wouldn’t have been able to attend, because of lectures and all. I did acquire skills which would help me even after the lockdown.
This virus is beyond MASKING. Crimes are being committed. People are being murdered. Some are being raped! The world needs more than a mask to save us from these VIRUSES, God help us.

A Note From Eden: Dear Naomi,
You blew my mind! It’s been just few weeks of knowing you, yet, it feels like a lifetime. In duality, I stand in awe and excitement of everything you reflect. In all beauty, courage, brilliance and simplicity, you glow from inside out. Your empathy is a reflection of the sunshine you carry.
You. Are. Beyond. Golden. 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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Felix Omo June 14, 2020 - 12:08 am


Abena Jackson June 14, 2020 - 12:17 am

Sometimes it seems like they just take us for a joke. So much truth in one piece.

Wisdom Uzoma June 14, 2020 - 12:23 am

God bless you for this!

GODSTYL June 14, 2020 - 8:38 pm

A good piece really

Desmond Paul June 14, 2020 - 12:23 am

Beauty with brains

Jemimah Adams June 14, 2020 - 12:27 am

So insightful

Esther June 14, 2020 - 12:30 am

Even before the virus, so many other silent viruses has been within. We need healing. You’ve said it all.

Yinka Oladele June 14, 2020 - 12:32 am

Thought provoking. So lovely

Ade B. June 14, 2020 - 6:49 am

No proper planning whatsoever. No laid down structure from leadership. Especially the kind that would be felt by an average man in the nation. It’s high time we took our destinies in our hands and strive for life in any legal way we can. Hoping on some government is now like day dreaming.

Ugo Eke June 14, 2020 - 9:04 am

Brilliantly articulated.

Uka June 14, 2020 - 9:26 am

I love you girl!

SaintHenry June 14, 2020 - 2:50 pm

it is definitely beyond masking… we need to curb the virus called poverty and underdevelopmemt.. Beautiful piece dear

Leader June 14, 2020 - 2:52 pm

The simplicity and empathy of your write up is classic! Your pen will never run afloat. I’m most proud of you beautiful Naomi.

Guddiguy June 14, 2020 - 2:55 pm

You’ve said it all. We pray God help our ‘Giant Of Africa’ 🙏🏼
Thanks for this piece

Emmanuel djestone June 14, 2020 - 3:09 pm

Weldon dear, wonderful write up message well directed…

Menepirah H. June 14, 2020 - 3:12 pm

Salient points raised. And it’s so lovely to see these coming from a beautiful, young one.

Igechi Donaldsturvy June 14, 2020 - 3:22 pm

Nice one . indeed a summary

Benjamin Okpara June 14, 2020 - 4:03 pm

well thought out write-up Naomi. Keep the good work!

Nelson June 14, 2020 - 7:17 pm

Your last line speaks volume. Bravo!!!!

Joshua Nnamani June 14, 2020 - 7:35 pm

You are good. I wonder why it took you so longer to show us your pen. Keep writing dear.

Juliet Ij June 14, 2020 - 8:50 pm

Wow…. really nice dear.

Zade June 14, 2020 - 11:22 pm

Well, u have brought forth a nice analysis of our country lack of good and knowledgeable leaders.

Symphony June 15, 2020 - 8:12 am

Nice piece dear❤️

Xephart June 15, 2020 - 9:01 am

Nao that was beautiful,I’ll be honest I thought I’d have to pretend to like it,but this, I don’t like this I absolutely love this,I have new found new found respect for you I’ll love to see what u write next

Bright M June 16, 2020 - 10:03 pm

Naomi, this is insightful. continue to soar, the sky is your starting point!

T. T. Tanno June 16, 2020 - 10:19 pm

Nice piece, beautifully done 👍

Jay Daphoenix June 17, 2020 - 11:40 am

A popular saying states that “beauty without brains, is a display of cosmetic foolishness”..
This was beautiful and brilliant Naomi, I’m proud to be your coursemate😊

Eifediyi John June 17, 2020 - 9:58 pm

Well Said..

Dominic Stones June 18, 2020 - 10:40 pm

Awesome 🥺 I feel like reading over and over
Naomi ❤️❤️

Shadrack June 21, 2020 - 3:25 pm

Mind blown is all that comes to mind… Well done Naomi


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