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Life-changing lessons Ugandans draw from virus lockdown

Daily Monitor

It has been 23 days since President Museveni announced the lockdown in Uganda. During this time, many Ugandans have stayed in their homes since there is no private and public transport and only essential workers have been allowed to move. This comes as one of the measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus in Uganda.

With a lot of time on their hands, we asked people on social media, what they have learnt since the lockdown. Below are the new lessons.

Saving
One of the most learned lessons people talked about was saving money, especially for a rainy day. With many places like restaurants, bars and public places closed, Ugandans have learnt that they can actually save money since they can’t access the places where they used to spend it. Even more, with the state such as the one we are in, many people are relying on their savings to see them through since most of their sources of income have dried up.

“The major lesson I have learnt is saving for an emergency or crisis,” Uncle Morgan Katibu said.

Such hard times have also forced people to plan and budget for the little they have. “Nature can easily rejuvenate, I can survive on a small budget, family matters a lot, make moments of fun always, and many more,” Yiga William said in response to the question.

Eiru Fred adds that as much as saving is paramount, it is important to have side businesses so that one can still survive during such times. “Saving is so paramount in life and have side business like mobile money coz they are enjoying,” he said.

Paul Wabwire, Princess Precious Titibya , Gerald Psalms Onyapidi and Moses Artus also all said saving is practically a skill that everyone should learn.

And people are learning how to not only save money but food as well. Geoffrey Agaba says, “Well I personally have learnt that one should eat moderately, not eating huge amounts of food.”
Apart from spending wisely on food, others have learnt to spend wisely on other things. Cissy Nakijoba said she has learnt that it’s a walkable distance from Namugongo to Mukono and using a taxi is a waste of money.

Trusting in God
Many people have found this particular time stressful as they are not able to make a daily living. Others have received notices saying they have been laid off or that they will not get pay for the next few months. In times of stress and worry, many people tend to visit church to share their struggles with others and get help, or to renew their faith in God. But because places of worship have been closed, this has become difficult. Nevertheless, many people have turned to God seeking His help so that the situation can normalise again. Others have used the lockdown period to seek God and trust in him.

According to Caro Flower, she has learnt where her priorities are.
“I have learnt so many things. Putting God first in everything I do,” she said. Midala Yokania said he has learnt: “Believing in Jesus as the son of God, as the only Savior,” while Geoffrey Rei Mumbere says he now prays four times a day.

Love for self and others
For many people that stay on their own, there is a chance that you have to learn to live alone and make yourself better so that you can come out of this period a changed person. Also, by staying alone, one is entirely responsible for themselves. It is through this process that some people have come to learn to accept and love themselves more.

According to Billionaress Sandra, this period has not only taught her to love herself but to also love human beings.

“To love me and people a little bit more. Human beings are God’s most valuable creation,” she said. Haddy Nambooze said she has learnt to love her son more than before, while Blessed Becky responded that she has realised she can actually be alone and still be happy.

Brushing up on skills
People have got the chance to try out things they had long forgotten or not tried before. Some are trying out new recipes, perfecting their cooking and making snacks for the home so that they do not have to go to the supermarkets.

Diana Namirembe, who has tried to learn more about cooking is planning on starting a business when the situation normalises. “Frying all kinds of edibles,” is what she says she has learnt, adding, “When it [the lockdown] gets done, I’m making a stall.”

Sam Kisoro believes that this period has made him the best chef because he has been learning how to cook.
“Cooking definitely! I can make the best chef now. Listening to KFM keeps life going & smoother,” he said.

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