In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 07th, June, 2020

How COVID-19 Lockdown ‘Seized’ Our Meals

How COVID-19 Lockdown 'Seized' Our Food

Comedians

With lower than 50 hours to the evaluate of the easing of the primary part of the lockdown and curfew in Lagos Ogun Kano and the Federal Capital, which was begun by the Federal Authorities, many individuals who’ve borne the brunt of the crippling impact of the 2 measures are earnestly hoping that President Muhammadu Buhari would announce additional rest of the lockdown , which was first imposed on March 31, 2020 and remained in power for 5 weeks till Might four, 2020, when the primary part of the relief took impact. However owing to the failure of the folks to totally adhere to guidelines laid out by the federal government, the primary part was prolonged for one more two weeks, which witnessed enhanced enforcement of the curfew and another features of the eased lockdown.

Folks within the leisure trade comparable to musicians, comedians, comperes and occasion managers had been arduous hit by the lockdown measures as no occasions, whether or not A-Checklist or Z-Checklist, have been held, all in observance of the rule on social distancing, which is an important in curbing the unfold of the coronavirus answerable for the COVID-19 Pandemic that has ravaged the worldwide financial system and brought about the deaths of over 360,000 sufferers and extra about 5.eight million confirmed instances worldwide as at Might 28, 2020. In Nigeria by the identical date greater than eight,915 confirmed instances had been recorded whereas over 259 folks had died from the illness, however greater than 2,592 sufferers recovered and had been discharged. Sunday Solar spoke some notable leisure trade personalities, who revealed how they’ve been dealing with the lockdown.

Mandy Uzonitsha, first feminine comedienne

Who dey name you for occasion now besides they get burial ceremony. However who dey even bury now? Somebody paid me for a job earlier than the lockdown and has not requested for a refund. I’m positive the perform will happen after lockdown. However the cash has been useful. A lot of the celebrities in leisure world are giving again to the society now.  Most of my colleagues are doing completely different stuffs, cooking for folks of their space. Princess has been cooking and serving folks meals in her space, Iwaya. Yinka Davies too is giving out foodstuff like noodles, canned tomato puree, rice, beans. Even my native authorities chairman, Eti Osa LGA despatched beans and rice from the Lagos State to folks and my church too despatched. Gloria Ibru and her sister have been sharing issues to folks. Some celebrities posted what they did on their Instagram account, however I merely did mine solo with out publicity.

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Bisola Aiyeola, actress and singer and first runner up at Huge Brother Naija in 2017

It’s not one thing that’s simply affecting celebrities solely; it affected each sector and people. No matter assets folks have saved or are preserving are mainly to only keep alive. Companies that had their calendar of actions for 2020 had to return to re-strategize as a result of we nonetheless don’t understand how  or when this complete pandemic factor will turn into regular, possibly when the vaccine is discovered. Everybody simply must be affected person, its survival first. It’s who might be alive that may go for exhibits and occasion. Lots of people have taken to social media as means to speak with their followers and doubtless begin up several types of exhibits on social media. Perhaps earnings can trickle in and sure manufacturers that had already been on-line can promote with these people. We’re all nonetheless making an attempt to determine this out, and nonetheless making an attempt to outlive.

Bose Ogunboye, aka Lepacious Bose, comedienne

There is no such thing as a work anyplace, all people goes by the pandemic. All companies are shut down, persons are broke, corporations are closing and persons are being sacked. It’s nothing uncommon being an entertainer, it’s simply that our personal work comes weekly and we want the gang. The solely distinction is we’re extra in uncertainty as a result of we don’t know when folks will begin gathering once more.

I assume folks wrongly imagine that the lifetime of entertainers is luxurious and glamorousand so, they only assume that we’re positive. Actually we’re all struggling; all people is struggling. I like my very own firm, if I’m not working, I don’t exit , I usually don’t like going out, my house is my house. I feel I’m one of many few people who love the lockdown. Whether it is attainable to remain like that and be creating wealth, I might be positive. Other than the truth that we are able to’t work and we are able to’t make cash, the one factor is that I didn’t change my routine. I nonetheless sleep at my common time, I nonetheless get up at 530.am, I nonetheless do my work out and workouts between 7.am and 9.30 am, I nonetheless examine and have a few of my lessons by zoom. I travelled in another country and got here again barely per week earlier than the lockdown. I got here from Britain the place the pandemic was already in place. Folks had been already shopping for issues in retailers and the retailers had turn into empty; they had been promoting issues out and you possibly can see that folks had been already stocking up groceries, and so forth. As quickly as I arrived in Nigeria, I simply stocked. I didn’t wait for presidency. All by the lockdown I had no motive to exit to shortly get something. I additionally stocked up for my dad and mom gave them strict directions to not exit. It’s way more than how comedians are surviving. I feel that it’s a very egocentric means of taking a look at it, as a result of persons are not gathering and we don’t make cash. It goes past that. As on the time of the lockdown, the common ‘Mama Put’ lady couldn’t go to the market to cook dinner and other people may not go and purchase meals from her.

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The lockdown taught me an enormous lesson. It opened my eyes to the very fact that there are two issues that may by no means ever end on this world.  That’s meals and medicines. Actually, if I become profitable I might put money into meals quite than even in comedy. Regardless of how poor the individual is, regardless of how offended or locked down the individual is, all people wants meals. I feel all of the people who take care of meals and agricultural merchandise are the just one on this pandemic that may survive, soar and excel.

Yeni Kuti, dancer, singer and initiator of Felabration, music pageant in honour of Fela, her father.

This isn’t a matter about celebrities solely. Folks within the leisure trade, hospitality, airways have all been adversely affected. The New Africa Shrine has been in lockdown for over three months. We went into lockdown earlier than authorities shut everybody down. We haven’t discovered a solution to cope, so solutions from you’ll be extremely appreciated.

Oluwaforijimi Jimmy, aka DJ Jimmy Jatt, ace Nigeria disc jockey and pioneer of DJ artwork in Nigeria

(Christy remains to be anticipating a response to the Whatsapp message she despatched to DJ Jimmy Jatt. If that doesn’t come, he might be changed with one other individual later immediately. Jatt is prime drawer celeb)

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