Right from the outbreak of the pandemic and until now a lot has happened and many more will. Despite the tonality
and the scope of these events, engagement levels will surely be
different based on knowledge and knowing. A lot of persons will merely
react but few will respond.
I often view death as a message as well
as a messenger. To this extent, I have also observed that we often
become too engrossed with grieving that we focus more on death “the
messenger” than death “the message”. My focus in context is “death the
message”. A situation where you learn and unlearn in-grief, and after
Despite the many
challenges thrown up by the pandemic. I see that COVID-19 is more of a
revelation with a clear message for Africa and Africans.
closure of borders and travel restriction is proof that we can survive
from within and still be global even though we have been taught
2. That without a synthetic and borrowed solutions, we
can solve our problems organically with our people, our materials and on
our terms. A case in point is the locally made ventilators, hand
sanitizers, Madagascar in the news, face mask, and other COVID-19
inspired innovations. These may be little in-depth compared to
innovations from other climes. My emphasis is on the notion and
responsibility involved. This is why I see great even in the small.
3. That we can actually begin to look at self-sustenance beyond policy and programs in Agriculture and Health.
4. That we can really learn the capacity to say NO! to Trojan gifts weather for tangible or perceived value.
5. That we can unlearn, learn, and relearn with a sense of
responsibility and own the process, both the failures and the victories.
6. That we can tame harmful religiosity, ethnicity, and prejudice as
well as tame irresponsibility for the sake of progress and development.
If we can do it for fear of death, we can do them for progress and
7. That when push gets to shove the only home available
will be Africa. Our continent, therefore, is a garden that must be
This COVID-19 message is not utopia but a kind of Déjà vu
for those whose imagination has been there, a reminder, awakening, and a
call to action.
Please note that this message was not approved
by IMF as an Economic Intervention Programme (EIP), nor my W.H.O as a
Global Health Strategy or even by Harvard as a fortune 500 Business
Intelligence Model (BIM).
This is a simple intrinsic message for intrinsic value to people who need an intrinsic Paradigm.
BY VICTOR PRINCE DICKSON