Last night in South Africa we received the news that our three-week lockdown would now be extended by an additional two weeks. Reactions on social media were mixed, but the vast majority of the country felt it was necessary and welcomed the changes by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Earlier this week in Ghana, President Nana Akufo-Addo made similar recommendations extending their existing lockdowns in various cities by an additional one week.
We decided to catch up with Ghanaian fashion model, Araba Sey, to see how she’s been handling the lockdown in Ghana.
Moziak Magazine: How are you social distancing during this period?
Araba Sey: I am not moving around but staying home and taking the necessary precautions to ensure social distancing and keeping safe.
MM: Where do you wish you were right now?
AS: I wish I was on an adventure or on a tour seeing nice places and tourist attraction sites anywhere in the world.
MM: Name 3 positive things about the world almost coming to a standstill
AS: Three positive things about the would almost coming to an end is that;
a) It is uniting people and families
b) It is drawing people closer to God
c) People are starting to care more for each other and valuing life more
MM: Name 5 things you plan to achieve whilst in “quarantine”
AS: Five things I plan to achieve whilst in quarantine are;
a) Build a deeper relationship with God
b) Discover more about myself and purpose
c) Enhance my creativity by learning new things and learning new skills
d) Plan out business ideas and strategies
e) Network more with people
MM: What surprising item made your shopping list?
AS: One surprising item that made my shopping list was a PlayStation.
MM: Did you stock up on additional toilet paper?
AS: I did stock up on additional toilet paper because you never know what will happen next. If there may be an emergency or things get worse and we cannot go out over a long period.
MM: Have any important plans or activities of yours been cancelled/postponed because of the coronavirus?
AS: Yes, important plans of mine have been postponed because of the coronavirus but I’m hoping for the best that all this would come to an end soon.
MM: In a year’s time when you look back, what do you think you will be saying about this period?
AS: In a year’s time when I look back, I know I’ll be saying that this period changed the world a lot both negatively and positively.
MM: What advice do you have for people who are struggling with the idea of social distancing?
AS: My advice for people who are struggling with the idea of social distancing is that they should think of the dangers it could bring to them if they don’t practice it. They should focus on the good social distancing can do for them. If being alone is boring they can find things to do that will entertain them; watch movies, play games, read, have video calls with friends. There are a lot of things that can keep one entertained.
MM: What are you looking forward to the most when the coronavirus pandemic is over?
AS: What I’m looking forward to the most when the coronavirus pandemic is over is we all becoming better people, being united, being disciplined, valuing each other and making the best out of our time while we are alive because any day can be the last day of our lives.