There is no doubt that Covid-19 has left many scars on people’s lives. One of its corrosive effects is the extermination of many small and large businesses around the world. People’s energy has been drained, their strengths are pushed to the extreme line due the pandemic outbreak. Surely, the virus is an inflammable fuel that drives the wheels of fears, unrest, deprivations, emotions, anxiety and unemployment in the history of humanity. This devastating catastrophe has profoundly impacted to mankind’s’ welfare, engagement and productivity among others.
Not to mention the unthinkable scenario where students, petty businesses, company workers, civil servants, hawkers and semi-skilled labourers who, as a result, are negatively ruined and sabotaged. For businessmen, their capitals or services are grossly relinquished. For students, the lock-down has either made them forget their studies or lack interest in the studentship. In all angles, the future becomes hazy, uncertain and perplexing. Many will find it difficult to contain the unprecedented situation.
In furtherance to the above, the virus has no impromptu rendition to disappear despite numerous efforts made by scientists. Henceforth, humanity has to learn to live with it before the discovery of the vaccine. 2019 wasn’t the only epoch that a catastrophe ravaged mankind. For a hundred years ago, there had been a disaster, war and pandemic which almost moved humanity to extinction. The threat of life and living gives humans the ability to adapt to adversity at a turbulent time.
In Nigerian, the most highly populated nation in Africa, the virus brings the paradigm shift on so many issues around the country. Prior to the pandemic, small businesses are said to create 80% of the country’s jobs. But just recently, His excellency, the vice president of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbanjo said that unemployment may rise to 33.6%, a number of 39.4 million Nigerians would be jobless if the government refused to take prompt preemptive measures. He, however, expressed confidence that the country will avert the impending economic headwind if proper plannings are put in place.
American psychologists, Richard Tedeschi (PhD) and Lawrence Calhoun (PhD) developed a theory of post-traumatic growth which suggests that “people can emerge from trauma or adversity having achieved positive personal growth”. The theory explains how people can emerge from trauma or pandemic even smarter and stronger due numerous challenges faced. I am optimistic that Nigerians are no exception to this projection. The only apparatuses required in achieving this greatness is to have self-determination, sober reflection and ingenuity. Once you analyse your strength and weakness, things will come so easily.
Remember, Most of the inventions we enjoyed in our midst were invented during World War II or even right after it. Humans use their creativity to provide solutions to themselves. But, it must be accompanied with dedication and hard-work. This is because, “necessity is the mother of invention”. With confidence, Nigerians will walk out of this pandemic . I begin to see a light at the end of a tunnel. Surely, Nigerians would get out of the woods. Thanks.
Ahmad Hamisu Umar is a consummate writer who writes from Kano state.
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