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Op-Ed: Seyi Shay On the Resilience of Nigerian People During Covid-19

The Nigerian singer writes about her experiences during this trying time—and the people she's meet through it.

As most people probably did, I had many exciting plans for 2020 but it turns out 2020 had other plans. The past six months have been extraordinarily odd especially for an artist like me whose life is built around activities. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic did not only stop us from live events which is a huge part of my artistry, it has also kept me away from connecting physically with some of my family members and essentially reduced the great 2020 to a year of survival.

Through the madness, I have learnt at a higher degree, the importance of internal strength and resilience, thanks to a unique experience I had interacting with some everyday Nigerians on the streets of Lagos. I took a ride as a form of outlet for my frustrations and to break boredom when I came across these unrelenting people, who wake up every day and grind tirelessly. The pandemic has no bearing on them, because for all of them, survival is a must and their families must be taken care of.

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