Covid-19, Life and the Dread

4 Mar 2020

Hi Folks,

I have been a little under the weather, hence my protracted silence. To the multitude who reached out to me I say a big thank you.

Much as I do not want to bother you with the issue of Corona Virus a.k.a Covid-19, the fact that it poses a big threat to our continued existence as humans keeps pushing me to say something.

I don’t have much to say other than to stress the fact that improved hygiene practices may be a good way to keep the virus away. Raise awareness, rather than panic. Many people have been fed with falsehood on Covid-19 and we can only shed some light. I know based on the incidences that have been reported across the world that it isn’t as deadly as Ebola and that it has a longer incubation period.

What to do to stay safe according to WHO

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

Thank God it’s Friday  and the Covid-19 Scare

Friday evening came with the TGIF spirit as usual as I made plans with Aare Oladeinde Ariyo to go hangout at the Lagos Country Club after the drive to Ikeja Computer Village for a short meeting with Niyi Ojikutu, the number one man in charge of affairs at the village.

Niyi was out for a meeting so our meeting couldn’t hold; we left him a note and moved on to other things. Just by the corner street, was a gym store; if you know me well, you would be able to tell that I’d a word or two with the keeper of the store and I did. I should pick a work out bench next week; my tummy is gradually becoming one-pack. Hopefully, the bench will help me find my six-pack.

We hurried off to the Lagos Country Club to catch up with the elders; those are folks in the league of Aare Oladeinde Ariyo. These lots kind of show a high level of concern about the Covid-19. These elders would not shake hand with anyone no matter what; at first I thought it was a joke but when they extended knuckles to greet, I knew the campaign was real.

Stylishly we all kept our distance, drank and feasted on moin-moin, ofada rice and Akara and beaded ourselves bye by thumping our knuckles.

Sunday afternoon, the news of the demise of veteran Nollywood actor, Olukayode Odumosu a.k.a Pa Kasumu broke; it was a devastating one indeed. He was born Ilesanmi Olukayode Olugbenga Odumosu in Ibadan on March 16, 1953, the 66-year-old veteran began acting as a teenager with his debut role in 1968 stage play ‘Iyawo Orun’. In 1969, he featured in his breakout play titled ‘Omo Ekere’.

In his lifetime, Pa Kasumu featured in over 50 films, stage plays and TV series including his most popular TV series ‘Erin Keekee’ (1990) where he played the role of Baba Idogo, the pipe-smoking semi-illiterate.

The news of his demise was first broke by Foluke Daramola Salako, she shared that Pa Kasumu was a “uniquely talented professional” who will be sorely missed.

Pa Kasumu will be buried on the 2nd and 3rd of April, 2020 as confirmed by Foluke Daramola.

I didn’t forget my promise of sharing a detailed report of the Road2Glory amateur boxing event from last week, so keep calm and look out for it.

Remember to make someone smile through your random acts of kindness.


Ilupeju B