Here are 5 productive things that you can do during the COVID-19 outbreak, which caused a call for action from the Federal government of Nigeria, as President Buhari has ordered the lock down of Lagos, Abuja and Ogun state in attempt to curb the spread of the pandemic, which will last for 14 days.
The fast-spreading pandemic has affected various businesses, organizations and inter-personal relations as citizens are expected to stay indoors from 11:00 PM on Monday, 30th of March, 2020.
Discuss of feeding and survival has flooded the internet and many have contemplated aversion of the law. With the absence of food, money and the increase of boredom and idleness, what productive things can the citizens of Lagos preoccupy themselves with while on lock down? Majority of us now have a lot of free-time on our hands and we cannot help but stay glued to our screens. Most of us spend more time on the internet now but fail to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the internet. What productive activities can we engage in during the lock down?
Ahead, you will find suggestions on productive activities to engage on the internet during the mandatory COVID-19 lock down.
Here are five things to do on the internet during the coronavirus lock down;
- Start a blog: Nigerians now source for content on the web more than they have ever before, due to the lack of choice. Many are in need of content to help quench the boredom that comes with the isolation. You can provide that content via a blog of you own. Educate, enlighten or entertain the bored mass of self-isolating Nigerians via blogging. All you need is a steady internet connection and the internet, basically. To create a blog or a website, book an appointment with Dr. Google and Miss YouTube. If you still can’t get a hang of it via google search, it brings us to number two on this list.
- Acquire Google Digital skills: Google offers training to Africans on Digital skills acquisition for free. It’s all on the internet. Google offers a range of courses depending on your likes including ‘how to build a website’ for free. All you have to do is click on this link and you can start learning as soon as possible. Certificates are issued after completing every course, so it does not only help curb the boredom, it also adds something new and interesting to your resume.
- Start a YouTube channel: YouTube is another way many of us curb the boredom of the COVID-19 isolation. We click on several videos and laugh at the content provided by the likes of Mark Angel and Sydney Talker, but fail to realize that we could be the content providers as well. Since you’re already scrolling and laughing away at funny YouTube videos, why not open a YouTube channel of your own? Not much is required. All you need is a steady internet connection, a phone with a good camera, an editing app which you can literally download for free on Google Play store and quality content.
- Start an online business or Take your business online: Nigerians need to be aware that the world is now digital. Majority of businesses and organizations now have presence on the internet. It does not cost much to start a business online. Sometimes, it is practically free to start an online store. If you have goods, products or services to sell but cannot, due to the market lock down, what you should do is simple; move your business online. If you don’t have a business at all but you’re looking for a start-up, now would be an amazing time to start a business online. You can sell anything online now. There is absolutely nothing that can’t be sold on the internet. If you are a creative looking to sell your work, try selling on Patreon. If you want an online store, try opening one on Jumia or Konga. Advertise your products for free on Jiji. There are many other sites like that which gives buyers and sellers a faster way to communicate and engage in market exchange without going to the market.
- Build an Online church: It is no secret that religion is both a blessing and a curse to Nigerians during this crisis, as many religious Nigerians cannot do without attending one sermon or the other. But as the world has gone digital, there is hardly any need to be physically present in church or mosque for a sermon to hold. Instagram, twitter, Facebook and many other social media platforms provide live streaming services for viewers. If you do not have a physical church of your own, what’s stopping you from having one online? Now, more than ever, Nigerians need to have access to religion on the internet. Have fellowships via WhatsApp groups, bible reading sessions on WhatsApp statuses. There are various other platforms for religious Nigerians to get access to their religious activities online. Pastors can launch sermons on Patreon an accept offerings and tithes (Which, in my opinion is far from necessary during this crisis) via subscriptions. Recorded sermons can also be posted on YouTube.
The world has gone digital, so should you.