Manna from Heaven

Covid-19 was something strange and distant in the beginning. Another oyibo disease. At the time I only knew it to be the coronavirus, and there was something rhythmic about the sound of it.

Wuhan was something I vaguely remember hearing from time to time, but I don’t know that I made the association between the two. When you live from wage to wage, keeping up with world news is not exactly a priority.

Humour is very helpful, though. There were a lot of memes about the coronavirus. Funny.

I think the funniest people are those who have to laugh to keep from crying. Nigerians are some of the funniest people.

The statewide lockdown in Lagos took me by surprise. It seemed unfathomable that they could shut down a city like Lagos. What were we supposed to do? How did they expect people like me to feed? It was torture. Hell.

On the day of the foodbank came to my community, I was at my breaking point. Anything was better than being cooped up in the house, unable to work, unable to meet my most basic need.

It was like manna from heaven, really. It felt like God was looking out for me. These were people I didn’t know but they were interest in my welfare. It reminds me of what’s most beautiful about humanity.

Beneficiary (Ebute Metta)


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