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Lockdown Chronicles

Lagos Lockdown Day 1

Today marks the first day of the Lagos Lockdown. I would spend the day creating content for the Learn to Code Monthly Series Telegram group where I teach absolute beginners how to code for free.

In my area, our power station had a fault so we are on alternate days of power supply. Today was the On day in my area so it was spent in a flurry of activity on content creation. I was able to upload a new video to my YouTube channel.

Now the lights are off. A huge shame that after 60 years a country cannot fix its power systems.

Social media was agog with the news of the Emergency Food Response Package supplied by the Lagos State government to some residents in the state. There is not much to say, see the video for yourself.

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Make Money Online

5 Ways to Make Money During the Coronavirus Lockdown in Nigeria

On Sunday the 29th of March, after months of being silent, the Nigerian President finally addressed the nation. Starting from 11 pm yesterday, there will be a ban on movement in Lagos from 11 pm. The ban will last for the next 2 weeks.

This post will look at 5 ways to make money during the lockdown in Nigeria. Due to the restriction on movement, these methods have to of necessity be methods of making money online.

The criteria for the selection of these methods are based on my personal belief that they can be set up within the period of the lockdown.

So if today, you started work on any of the 5 methods, by the end of the lockdown, you should have made money online even if you haven’t done so before.

Virtual Classes

If you have a skill, the easiest way to monetize that skill right now is to offer one on one classes with your students.

This will involve agreeing on a time with your students and meeting up with them at that time.

To avoid them missing classes, you as a teacher must define your method of communication with your students beforehand and send reminders before the classes start.

Technology: WhatsApp Video, Zoom.

Online Freelancing

If you have a skill, you can make money in this period by working online as a freelancer.

There a number of skills in demand. The key here is to look for the skill or talent that you are most passionate about start with that.

Passion cannot be overlooked here because you will be competing with people from all over the world.

Freelancing Marketplaces: Fiverr, Upwork.

Write and Publish an eBook

You can write an publish an eBook for sale in 2 weeks if you would cut out all distractions and focus.

It would be hard because writing is hard but at the end of the period, you would have a book to your name.

Once you finish writing, you can sell the books in an online marketplace.

Online Marketplaces: Amazon, Okadabooks.

Create and Sell Online Courses

In this case, you are automating your virtual classes to operate without your presence.

Online courses consist mainly of videos so you would have to find a means to create them.

If you have a very good smartphone camera, that could suffice if you wanted to show your face. If you decide not to, you could use screencasting software to record your screen as you work through your content.

Technology for Video Production: Open Broadcast Software, Movavi.

Sell Graphics Design

This story should inspire you on what is possible with the creation of digital designs.

If you can design items that people can print at home, you can make this happen for you.

Technology for Selling: Etsy, Shopify.

This period of lockdown will be a time unprecedented in the history of our country.

Do make the most of it by assessing where you are and realigning yourself to meet your goals.

PS

If you would like to learn how to code for free during the month of April, please check out the “Learn to Code Monthly Series”.

It is a group on Telegram where I teach absolute beginners how to program using the Python programming language.

Click here to join.

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Lockdown in Lagos

The above picture isn’t from a war scene. It is from an explosion that occurred in the Abule Ado area of Lagos State on the 15th of March.

Amidst the crying and pain from the event, there was more to come in the month of March as the Coronavirus kept spreading in the state.

As a result of this, a lockdown was declared by Lagos state. Then after a broadcast by the President of Nigeria, a new lockdown was declared in the state.

The absence of leadership from the center has been very glaring. At the end of the day, after being roused to action by clamours on social media, the broadcast happened.

Tomorrow will be the first day of the Lockdown. Bad governance will kill everyone.

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Lockdown Chronicles

Lagos Lockdown

After months of Nigerians clamouring that the President should address the nation, yesterday the address finally came.

At the end of the address, the President would place a curfew on Lagos, Abuja and Ogun states.

Today, like in all the countries where the Presidents give addresses, the panic started.

ATMs where filled with long queues as people wanted to stock up on cash. Petrol stations would witness a rush as people needed to stock up on fuel.

In Nigeria, power cuts are an everyday reality. My family had already stuck up on food so I had to buy fuel today. I would buy more that I normally did because my sister would drive me to the petrol station.

Somehow, some of the fuel poured out as the car was bringing it back home.

Now I am ready for the lockdown. I will be posting everyday. This whole saga was poorly handled.

As a nation, we had 50 years to prepare for this but sadly we failed woefully.

The Lockdown will start today at 11 pm. Let the Lockdown begin.