“What it was like to be in Nigeria when the virus hit”Updated: April 13th, 2021
Emmanuel, 25, from Nigeria on how he experienced the start of the pandemic, and what he’s looking forward to as restrictions ease and we can get back to life.
When the news of the virus began to spread, we in Africa were simply unperturbed. It was a wild nightmare, when the lockdowns and COVID-19 restrictions started taking shape. Normal activities were cut to zero. We just all saw ourselves with masks on, no shaking of hands, the use of sanitizers, so many people lost loved ones. I felt immutable joy at the advent of the vaccines production and distributions for vaccinations, although some of my family members are indifferent, due to the timing of approval and varying efficiency of the available free vaccines. I just want to be “back” at least, even though it is a fraction of what normal used to be.
What I’m looking forward to post pandemic is a change in the current mask and social distancing procedures — they have brought lows and downs on economic, social and psychological aspects in the everyone’s lives.