Few days to the lockdown I was able to get myself prepared with some of the basics things I needed to function at home. They include getting some money and stocking food at home.
In a rush to get some of the things mentioned above, I lost my personal modem which I use in working online. I was a bit stressed but decided that that will not stop me from working online as the company I am currently working with finally closed down in compliance with the directive of the government.
All was set for me to work from home and the question of getting a reliable network to work with became an issue, first I tried MTN, and then switched to Glo, then to Airtel. I remembered something one of the tech entrepreneurs I follow said to me a few years ago, he said if you want to work online in Nigeria, you have to have subscriptions on all the networks to Fastrack your work process.
So I got myself subscriptions from two of the major networks, MTN and Glo, and I have had no issue since then because if one of the networks has issues, I can easily switch to another.
Another experience that will stay much longer in my memory is that I realised that my LinkedIn account that has been dormant before came alive with rich content and interactions. I never once realised the potential of the platform until this period.
The best of them all was taking courses online and adding to what I already know before, I registered for a number of courses online of which some of them were made free because of the deadly pandemic.
The first course I registered for was on copywriting, which has to do with crafting copies that will make the consumer take the intended actions the writer wants him to take. It was true this course that I got to know that when writing a sales letter, the products or the company should not be at the forefront of the copywriter, but the end consumer, the audience he is trying to write to.
At the end of the training, I got certified as a Direct-Response Copywriting Specialist. I also took a course on content writing on Udemy and also got certified and I am currently doing another course on creative writing.
The high spate of robbery
The most painful part is the high spate of crime during the lockdown because I had to join our neighbours in safeguarding our community from the robbers that went on a rampage. This partly affected me because for sometime, I had to stop work at night. I kept my laptop in a safe place to avoid stories that touch.
In all, the Lockdown was a good experience bonding with my family, and staying productive by working.
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