Not excusing the fact that the world is in pandemonium, people are dying, the death toll is rising, and the number of infected people are increasing sporadically, Nigerians have been known to adapt, accept, conquer, and pull through any situation. My colleague has been drinking hot water back to back, popping vitamin c tablets, and “Social distancing” himself to his work station alone. My mum said my brother and i should “Social distance” ourselves from her fridge. Before this pandemic began, we’ve suffered and pulled through several situations. Situations as terrible as Ebola. We made it.
- SUFFERING AND SMILING: HIGH ADAPTATION AND SURVIVAL INSTINCT, Before this pandemic began, we’ve suffered and pulled through several situations. Situations as terrible as Ebola. We made it.
Like Fela rightly pointed in his song ‘Suffering and Smiling. Nigerians know how to smile through situations, no matter how tough. Be it political,economic,humanitarian, internal/international conflict, we always believe “There are more pressing issues” and move on to worry about other things. Because in Nigeria, there is always something to worry about.
2. WE DONT CARE, WE JOKE ABOUT EVERYTHING: From all our medical practitioners who worked hard to curb SARS, LASAR FEVER, EBOLA VIRUS, to all of us sitting at home cracking jokes and making memes on twitter… We pulled through. The ability to reduce panic and trivialize certain situations gives us an edge over any impending danger
3. WE ARE ALREADY FILLED WITH CHLOROQUINE: I could bet more than half of the Nigerian population has taken chloroquine at one time or the other. As revered as the chloquine tablet was, people sought other ways of taking the tablet like wrapping it in the middle of eba or fufu, then you gulp it down with soup or a bottle of mirinda.