My Covid 19 Story

Chinyere Kalu
Posted March 30, 2020 from Nigeria
My Covid -19 Story
My Covid-19 Story

We all looked forward to 2020 with loads of excitement none knew or could fortell what was in stock for the world, my country Nigeria inclusive.

I entered the year with so much plans and deadlines little did i know that man proposes bur God disposes. It began llke a rumour, then turned out real.We watched on CNN as the virus ravaged China, Italy and gradually but steadily spreading to other nations of the earth, i knew it was just a matter of time before it gets to our country.

There was a feeling of palpable panic.

Then it happened!

An Italian had flown in from his country and was positive!

We all froze.Nothing was ever the same from that moment Panic set in and other returneess began testing positive.

The panic increasing si much, i told the women on my literary online group to write poems on the virus as a way to ease tension and focus on more positive vibes.

As at today, we have seven entries as we just started on Sunday the 29th.

I intend to publish the collection of poems from my women but online and as a hard copy by the time the virus is gone back to hell .

As i type, schools have been shut, churches under lock and key.Tonight Abuja the capital city where i reside will be on total lockdown for another two weeks after a week of partial lockdown.

When we are done with the week long poetry task, i will encourage them to write short stories based on their individual experiences during the lock down.

That way , the women on my writing group: When Women Write can maintain their sanity during this scourge 

Pray for my country Nigeria!


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anita shrestha
Mar 30, 2020
Mar 30, 2020

Thank you for sharing

Tumanjong Miranda
Mar 31, 2020
Mar 31, 2020

Hello Chinyere,
Wow! Thank you for doing all you are to encourage women divert the negative energy in the air into something creative and positive.
Please do well to share the poems with us when published.
Hope keeping safe.
In sisterhood

Karen QuiƱones-Axalan
Mar 31, 2020
Mar 31, 2020

Hello, Chy,

I feel you. We also just heard about the virus from the news, and now we already have more than 2,000 cases. Lockdown, quarantine and physical distancing is important.

I love that you led your group of women writers to make writing their catharsis. Great job!

I hope you can all invite them to write their poetries on World Pulse, so we can read them, too.

Please stay safe!

Mar 31, 2020
Mar 31, 2020

Chinyere Hi :) we all feel the same here.. fear, but as the days pass by we continue to be hopeful and trying to live with precaution and keeping ourselves healthy. Timely, we will all pass this.... stay safe, Sis.

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Jill Langhus
Apr 01, 2020
Apr 01, 2020

Hello Chy,

How are you and your family doing, dear? I hear you about the collective panic. I think it's almost more deadly than the virus, personally. People don't think clearly when they're panicking.

Is your group on FB? Can anyone join it? Looking forward to seeing the compilation.

Hope everyone stays safe and well.

Oh, did you meant to submit this for the COV-19 story call? If so, this is the link:

Shirin Dalaki
Apr 02, 2020
Apr 02, 2020

Thank you for sharing . I hear you and we are in the process of healing and renewal even though it feels so scary right now. I wrote a piece about the virus that might help you calm down, please read it if you get a chance. I love that your group engage in poetry...very healing as well.

With love and gratitude,


Metiege Noel Eve
Apr 03, 2020
Apr 03, 2020

Wow sister thanks for sharing the writing project is such a cool way to ease the tension else we will all crash before the real virus reaches us my country Cameroon has such a luckwarm attitude towards the spread of this virus and it is so scary waking up each day to news of new cases. From 1 on the 13and of march to 306 today we keep living in fear oh GOD help us. How can I die of a foreign virus when I don't even own a passport

Apr 03, 2020
Apr 03, 2020

thank you Chinyere. surely we will continue to pray not only for Nigeria but the whole world. thank you for sharing your story. we will be looking forward to reading the poems your women wrote. kudos as we all stay safe

Kris Rampersad
Apr 09, 2020
Apr 09, 2020

Great initiative. As we collate these brave and courageous efforts to share learnings, skills and resources. Join me in empowering communities through the GloCal FEDs COVID Challenge - Our Families Our Elders Our Districts Global Local Caribbean. United in Humanity to create the World We Want.

Marie Abanga
Apr 14, 2020
Apr 14, 2020

Dear Chinyere,
Ha this pandemic has and is still doing something. I was visiting in Lagos by the end of January, I couldn't imagine a month later it will be a different story to the point that even leaving your house was risky or not encouraged by government. I am glad you quickly found ways to keep the women in your group grounded.
We are in this together as we wait in faith and hope for: "And this too shall pass o"
light and love
in sisterhood

Doctor Vie
Apr 24, 2020
Apr 24, 2020

Africa with our vulnerable peoples and weak health care systems need to take extra precaution against COVID-19. Each of us must take action to defeat the pandemic, and also learn a better way forward to secure better lives for all...we are all in this together are not alone...bless you.