COVID-19: Shout Out to My Sisters In Times Like This

Aramide Oikelome
Posted April 16, 2020 from Nigeria

It’s been over eight months since my last post on Worldpulse. So much has happened between then and now. It has been a mix grill of bitter sweet, especially in March 2019 when l lost my immediate younger sister. My entire world came to a halt following her death and for several months life became meaningless. One major area of my life that was adversely affected was my writing skill. Even till now, it’s still a struggle to do creative writing like I used to do.

Over time, I picked up my broken pieces and resumed work with our women and girls. The continued transformation I see in the lives of these folks have been my greatest reward. And the upgrade seemed to be moving so fast until this siege of Coronavirus came. Like a whirlwind sweeping across the land, the pandemic has transverse all continents of the world- Europe, Asia, Africa and everywhere, raging like a child in convulsion.

Scary as the situation has been, I have seen my Worldpulse sisters stand like indomitable lions; working passionately to make a difference by proffering solutions to the myriad of problems that COVID-19 pandemic has generated.

Here in Nigeria, my sisters have continued to stand strong as change-makers and solution providers, giving hope to the hopeless, feeding hungry children and families, providing safety kits such as face mask, soaps and sanitizers, wading into cases of gender based violence, which has increased due to the lockdown in our cities and communities as most men are bored staying at home and also financially handicapped. Unfortunately, these husbands are venting out their anger and frustration on their wives and children, not minding that the wives are struggling hard to still put food on the table.

For most Nigerians, the focus has shifted from fighting the spread of COVID-19 to fighting hunger and insecurity. The palliative measure and relief package promised by government is not reaching the poor masses that need it most. And rather than protest against government’s failure, hoodlums have taken advantage of the situation to unleash terror on the people: breaking into houses, stealing, harassing and even raping some women and girls. Ours is such a case of horror, especially in Lagos and Ogun States where there has been complete lockdown for almost three weeks now.

In times like this, the sensible thing is for everyone to focus on her family or household. But like the mother-hen, my Worldpulse sisters have refused to focus on self. With great passion and pure love, they are reaching out to fellow women, girls, children. They are reaching out in cash and kind; and with everything they can to lighten the load and make life better for others.

I celebrate myself and all my Worldpulse across the world for the incredible work we are doing to help other women, girls, children and even men and boys! Shout out to some of my sisters here in Nigeria whose intervention works have been visible on social media- Olutosin Oladosu, Busayo Obisakin, Chinyere Anokwuru, Nkem Okocha, myself and others too numerous to mention. I know all my sisters are doing great work as Impact Leaders in spite of COVID-19 pandemic.

Shout out to my amiable sister, friend and partner, Bim Adegbite. Though miles apart, she has continued to support our work with girls in Ijegun with all her heart and might. We met on Worldpulse in 2016 and ever since have worked together as family. With the support of her friends at Apinke Girls Initiative, she has provided mentorship and strength to our teenage girls in under-resourced communities. 

And even at this time of pandemic, Bim Adegbite is unrelenting in her commitment to make life beautiful for Ijegun girls and their families. She is raising funds to support our food drive so that the girls can sail through this turbulent time with minimal stress.

Shout out to you Bim! I can't thank you enough! Thanks for all you do! You surely deserve an award!

Shout out to women who compliment and encourage others, even in times like this!

Shout out to our trailblazer, Jensine Lansen for leading the way! Shout out to all Worldpulse Sisters! We are the Amazons! I celebrate us!  

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Jill Langhus
Apr 17
Apr 17

Hi Aramide,

A big, warm welcome back to you, love:-) I'm so sorry you've had such a rough time of it for quite awhile. I am glad, though, that you have the support and love of your sisters, especially dear Bim. It's lovely to hear that you found a soul sister on World Pulse:-) I hope you have loads of lovely memories of your sister, dear. So sad:-(

Thanks for sharing your informative update. It's too bad that the focus is now on survival, basically.

I hope you and your family are safe and well, honey.

XX

Aramide Oikelome
May 21
May 21

Many thanks Jill Darling! You are a great cheerleader!

Hugs!
Aramide

Jill Langhus
May 22
May 22

You're welcome, Love. Aw, thanks!

XX

Busayo Obisakin
Apr 17
Apr 17

Dear Sister,
Thank you so much for your encouragement and for the great work you have also been doing and you are still doing at this time! Together we can change our world and together we will see the end of this pandemic
Well done and thank you!
Love
Busayo

Aramide Oikelome
May 21
May 21

Yes Sister! We will surely see the end of this pandemic! We will come out stronger and better! Together we will soar higher and higher!

Blessings!
Aramide

Vanora.Lee
Apr 17
Apr 17

Salute to all the names mentioned in your sharing and some other unsung heroes offering support to needy! It is really powerful to always say thank you, remember people kindness and appreciate their selfishless acts! Shame on me I can't do much like you guys over there during pandemic as got work-from-home always. Stay safe and healthy.

Aramide Oikelome
May 21
May 21

Dear Varona,
I salute you for your hardwork because I know that you are also making impact. Worldpulse sisters are changemakers wherever they are and you are not an exception. Thanks for all you do.

Best Wishes,
Aramide

Chi8629
Apr 18
Apr 18

Hello beautiful
Thank you for sharing
Much love .

Aramide Oikelome
May 21
May 21

Thank you Darling! Keep soaring!

Love from Aramide

Lily Habesha
Apr 21
Apr 21

Hello Dear,
IT is good to see your kindness. Sisters from Nigeria are doing a lot in this season. This is so heart warming job.
You keep the great job up. Thank you on behalf of the sisters you've reached.

God bless you abundantly.

Lily

Aramide Oikelome
May 21
May 21

God bless you more Lily! Your kind words are truly encouraging!
Keep flourishing on every side!

In Love,
Aramide

Tola Makinde
Apr 22
Apr 22

Hello sis Aramide,
Im sorry to hear all you have been through. You have come out stringer. Stay blessed.

Aramide Oikelome
May 21
May 21

Thank you Darling Sis! How is our super daughter?
Love to her always!

Cheers!
Aramide

Steph L
Apr 22
Apr 22

Hi Aramide,
A big shout out to you as well! Despite having to go through tough times, you picked yourself to help others, stonger than before!
Not all heroiens wear cape! A pat on the shoulder for you and everyone mentioned in this post!
Keep doing what you do best.
Love
Steph x

Aramide Oikelome
May 21
May 21

Thanks for your encouragement and support Steph. I know you are also changing the narrative where you are. Keep flourishing on every side!

Love from Aramide

D'explora.
Apr 23
Apr 23

Welcome back ma and my heartfelt condolences to you and yours. Thank you for the encouragement, really as a young lady as I am, I really want to be part of this great work you all are doing. I just hope as a beginner as I am in wanting my voice to heard, I hope I get all the support and capacity I need even from here.
Keep on with the great work ma.

Aramide Oikelome
May 21
May 21

You are in the best company dear! Worldpulse is the best thing that can happen to any woman! Here, you have the best support system, a strong bond of sisterhood and the empowerment tools you need to be a changemaker! Just flow with the trend and seize the opportunity to learn as much as you can. Get ready to soar!

Best Wishes,
Aramide

EK. Chemorion
Apr 23
Apr 23

Sister Armide,
Thank you for sharing and affirming sisterhood in trying moments like your experience of loss of a loved one-a sister. I am so sorry for your loss! may her soul rest in eternal peace, and in global moments of pain, anguish but with hope in God. I am glad sisterhood in Nigeria is strong and present as your shoulders to lean on. Thank you for your positive attitude and for noting that many women in this sisterhood have been all working for the good of communities we come from. may you, as an important member of our sisterhood be blessed. I celebrate and welcome you back!

Aramide Oikelome
May 21
May 21

I celebrate you too Chemorion! Your words are sweet and soothing! May the Good Lord strengthen and support you always!

Keep making impact!
Love from Aramide

Anita Shrestha
Apr 24
Apr 24

Thank you for sharing. Keep it continu

Aramide Oikelome
May 21
May 21

Thank you Anita!
Keep soaring!

Aramide

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Apr 26
Apr 26

Please accept my sincere condolence on the death of your sister.Am happy you picking your life back together.It is sad and depressing that our country do not have a strong and implementable social protection policy to cater for the needs of the Vulnerable which the Covid 19 has exposed.
As committed individuals and organisations we will continue to do our best to make positive impact.
Looking forward to personally connecting with you.
Enjoy your day & please follow your Naija Sister back

Aramide Oikelome
May 21
May 21

Shout out to my beautiful Naija Sister! I'm following you now and would love to meet you soon!
Thank you for your kind and comforting words! I really appreciate it dear!
I'm happy to have you as part of this sisterhood!

Keep soaring!
Love from Aramide

Olutosin
May 07
May 07

Oh my lovely sister, I am so sorry to read about the demise of your sister. Mi o gbo rara. E maa maa binu si mi.
Olorun a fe won safefe rere. A o ni ri iru e mo o. Amin

May her soul rest in peace. Amen.
E Pele sister mi.
E Pele ma.

Aramide Oikelome
May 21
May 21

My Darling Sister,

Mi o binu rara! Thanks for your comforting word. Its soul-lifting!

The loss of my sister was the darkest moment of my life. But I thank God for His grace and strength to pull through. I am learning to take each day at a time, leaning on the everlasting arms for comfort and strength.

I say a big AMEN to your prayers.

Thanks for all your selfless service to humanity! Keep leading the way!

Hugs,
Aramide

Olutosin
May 24
May 24

Adupe my lovely sister.
Amen.
May Almighty God protect you and your beautiful family. Amen.

Paulina Nayra
Jun 19
Jun 19

Shout out you dear sister Aramide! Shout out to your life and works. You have created a legacy through the girls that you’ve supported. Shout out to your parents, family and ancestors for rearing an Amazon in our midst. May the angels welcome and join you watch over the girls , the people you love and the World Pulse sisterhood.
Eternal hugggs.❤️

Stella Paul
Jun 19
Jun 19

Dear sister Aramide
Writing this after hearing of your sad, untimely demise. It breaks my heart as I read your post again and again... you left us such a beautiful message of love and caring for self to remember! I shall carry this in my heart forever. RIP my leader sister!;

Sinyuy Geraldine
Jun 20
Jun 20

Oh dear sister, this post immortalises you. Rest in peace.

Kehinde Josephine
Jun 20
Jun 20

I had to search this post and read all over again, Mummy Aramide introduced I and some other girls to WorldPulse on 27th May, and we have held two meetings together where she was putting us through how to go about things here. Now she's gone! This is too much to bear Mummy The news is unbelievable! Your IMPACT can never ever be erased in our heart ma. Keep resting in God's bosom Mummy. We love you but God loves you most

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