Last year wasn’t funny for both the rich and poor. And 2021 appears to be an extension with little achievements globally in curbing the Covid-19 surge.
Has it been all bad for everybody?
But buildings never stopped going up. Quite a number of business owners and investors in certain businesses like the social media, ecommerce, banks, real estate, restaurant, and so on; worked from home with one of the most beautiful smiles on their faces.
As the pandemic claimed countless lives, brought companies to their knees, and knocked people out of jobs, it also revealed somethings about us (humans) and the future.
So we took that headline of a question to the streets of Abuja. One of the people we spoke to, a boy from Benue who kept his name to himself but not his skills, told us how this challenging has provided food on his table as an artist.
For him, the period has brought more customers who wanted a portrait of themselves, family member, spouse, and relationship partners.
He said his skills has greatly improved as he stood to sketch, paint, and draw humans and inanimate objects almost everyday.
Visiting some households who declined taking photos because weren’t proud of the interior decor, we learnt how parents played the roles of teachers at home during the lockdowns without salaries.
For some it was the discoveries, moments that came with new information about some of the challenges their kids were having or have been hiding before the meteorite-like hit of the COVID-19 pandemic which illuminated deprivation, inequalities and political unrest.
Some learnt more from their kids. It is true that no one really knows much. No wonder, Covid-19 came unannounced.
COVID-19 19: Paying Attention To Special People
As COVID-19 troubles pop up like an ad on YouTube, it led to people paying attention to “special people”.
Research on ASD in Africa as a whole is greatly sparse. At a point in time, people assumed that you can only find autistic kids in developed countries. But autism has nothing to do with whether a country is rated third world or first world.
Recent data collection shows that in Nigeria, 54 of the observed sample of 2,320 children had autism, discovering it’s prevalent with boys. According to a global research, 1 in 160 children has autism.
While Covid-19 has brought attention to a lot of things, it revealed the beautiful-ugly face of nature, our human power, limitations, and our ability to adapt against all odds.
By Elijah Christopher