It is thanksgiving season again and surviving 2020 is enough to give thanks for. This year started out great, in fact, my birthday post in March was about “the year of thanksgiving”. Then a few days later, Nigeria went into lockdown after some countries because of the COVID-19 pandemic. To be honest, it has been a hard year but we are alive so we give thanks.
If anyone asks me how I survived this year, my response will always be “Na God”. Before the lockdown, I was going to the market multiple times a week to stock up my store. That would have been the easiest place to get infected with the virus. I was excited about my birthday, next thing I was heading back to my parents’ place for the lockdown.
Being a full-time entrepreneur in Nigeria is hard work, Grace of God and vibes. LOL. So having to be home without a stable income was a big blow to my finances. I made some sales, created a course, but I just couldn’t wait to get back to my business. My partner & I were also suddenly in an unplanned long-distance relationship during the lockdown which took a minor toll on our relationship. Thankfully, we crossed that hurdle. A significant point for this thanksgiving season right there.
2020 Plans & The Outcome
My travelling plans were to come into fruition this year. Even though a luxurious trip was a reach, I was to start exploring neighbouring African countries. I started saving for this so I could make the trip in December. Well, you can guess what happened to that plan. I was halfway through my savings by March, meaning two countries by December if I had kept it up. The savings became emergency fund and later, there were just too many responsibilities. My new plan was to survive without getting the virus. The money will always come then we move in 2021. Earlier this month, I visited Abuja for the first time. It was such a good time that I counted it as a vacation. That’s another point for thanksgiving season.
END SARS Protests in Nigeria
In October, Nigerian youths finally found the courage to stand against police brutality and bad governance. What started as a normal Twitter rant generated into a series of daily protests in various parts of the country. Big appreciation to the Feminist Coalition team who directed funds donated to sustain the protests. On October 20th, protests ended devastatingly as the military is alleged to have shot at peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate. Although the case is still being investigated, I am positive we will get justice. This is a fight we must continue if we want to live in peace in Nigeria. The point for this in thanksgiving season is we finally made our voices heard & are not relenting.
2020 Thanksgiving Season
Again, this year has been hard on the majority of us around the world but there’s hope yet. I am glad to have worked with great brands this year which boosted my morale as a creative. I learned to give more this year too, the blessing that comes with this is unrivalled. My relationship with God is in the baby stage yet He always brings me out of the darkness when needed. I am learning to trust Him, have faith in Him and thank Him for favours unexpected and mercies undeserved. That is why my heart is full this thanksgiving season because If no be God, where I for dey?
If you are reading this, you are part of my clan and I am thankful for you too. You are alive, that is more than enough because when there is life, there is hope. My people, na who dey live, dey give thanks ooo.
What are you thankful for this year?