Seriously folks, at what point could we have screamed enough to 2020 but we didn’t?
I read an article recently that made me wonder about this. In that article, the writer listed six times he thought the world should have signed out of 2020; but didn’t.
The way he wrote it was so matter-of-factly and funny that the truth of the matter almost escaped me. 2020 has shown us pepper and if we could, we should have dumped it for 2021 since January.
Now, inspired by that writer, I’ll share some of what I think are the times we should have told 2020; “Hol’ up! We done”.
The first chance was when the Lagos State government banned Okada and Keke Riders on all the routes that matter. Those were difficult times not just for road users but for business owners as well. Moving around became such a pain that I would have done anything to move time forward to December 31, 2020.
Another time was when I thought we would all die because President Donald Trump ordered an unfortunate hit on Iran. The world was grinding along small small until boom, Iranian General Qassem Soleimani died in a US drone strike. It was funny that time because Twitter people chose to trend #WorldWar3 and banter. But the people of Biafra circled their head with their fists, snapped their fingers and spat ‘Ozoemena!’ into the ground.
There was this time too that my mother had an accident. She was walking along the road to church for morning Mass. I can’t remember when I wished teleportation was an actual science more than I did at that time. The many thoughts that went through my mind!
Indeed, 2020 has humbled my arrogance.
She didn’t sustain any lasting injury, thankfully, and went back to her life after some nights spent in observation. I’d have preferred for time to pause and skip than to hear that anything happened to my mother.
The king of all is when China finally announced the first death to the novel Coronavirus. Yes, it happened as far back as January 11 but that’s the point! The year 2020 should have come with a warning and a skip button.
Despite all the gbas gbos, I’m glad that we made it to August. Very soon, the Igbos will break new yam and then the Christmas lights will follow. Then we will know that we made it.
Hopefully, 2021 doesn’t learn from its wicked senior.