It all happened in the blink of an eye. I had just returned home from school because of the warning strike that was declared by the Academic Staff Union of Universities. My name is Rhyme Terrence, a sixteen years old law student at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. I am a freshman or jambito as my senior colleagues may term it. I was so glad for the opportunity to go home. If only I had known that schools’ resumption would be nowhere in sight.
I went home to Bauchi State, full of happiness and stories about campus life to tell all my friends and family members. Everything was fine and we were all happy and free until the sad news came. A pandemic which had been ravaging other countries of the world had arrived Nigeria. The newly discovered disease was declared as Corona virus by the World Health Organisation. It was shocking because, we all thought it was some sort of foreign disease from China. Different speculations were flying around as regards the virus and its origin. Questions were raised, but no answers were given. Our lives were fast changing. We all knew things would no longer remain the same. But, what we couldn’t tell was how long it’d last. Fear was on the rise as the numbers of infected people continued to increase.
We all thought the pandemic would end as abruptly as it began. But, it was not to be. As the days went by, the numbers of infected were increasing, not just in Nigeria, but all the other countries that were infected by the virus. Preventive measures which included; the wearing of nose and face masks, avoiding of large gatherings and handshakes, social distancing and most importantly staying at home were enforced. Then came the outcries and uproars from the masses who lived off of their daily earnings. Palliatives had to be introduced to ease the rising tensions but this was still not enough. Places of worship were closed, which meant that we had to worship at home with our families. Everything came to a standstill. Life was becoming more and more difficult. As a result, we all had to adapt to this new way of life. Fake news was on the increase so, we had to filter what to believe in.
After weeks of confinement, we were finally allowed to go out on the 4th of May, 2020. Everything is returning to normal. But then, schools are yet to reopen.
So many lives have been lost around the world. So many families and lives will never remain the same. Yet, no cure has been found. We don’t know what the future holds. But, despite everything, we still pray, hope and wait for our salvation to come. This is the story of my confinement
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