Dear, not Dear 2020 No one can quite appropriately put the vast range of...READ ON
Dear, not Dear 2020 No one can quite appropriately put the vast range of shit-show emotions we experienced into words. Personally, the year was bothered by an enhanced version of family, trust, and faith. Living in Lagos for the past 1½ years has seen me live a fast-paced, no-breather lifestyle, it has made me have a proper connection to family and loved ones because 90% of the time I am tired. Reconnecting over random zoom calls and being in close proximity to my brother brought back that semblance of family. moments again. Finding trust in the most random of places is a rare blessing. With the widespread salary cuts and lay-offs that came with the prolonged lockdown, it finally knocked on my door. June began with the rash news that even if my team survived COVID-19 we would be stepping into the new world without jobs. We were laid off. But God came through with an avalanche of opportunities. Can never end this without emphasizing on the great blackness that was the #EndSARS protests and how it ended. Amidst the chaos, there was a glimmer of hope that our country would actually experience a new dawn. The government decisions that led up to the point of widespread protests were embarrassing and annoying, to say the least. To think that when we thought the big break was coming, they shot it down. I remember logging off DJ Switch's Instagram live and crying so much in the darkness of my room. It felt like a loved one died. These days just exist here, I am no longer attached to Nigeria. A few words turned out longer than expected. Maybe someday everything will be alright, maybe. James
Dear twenty-twenty, The year twenty-twenty was an introspective one for me,...READ ON
Dear twenty-twenty, The year twenty-twenty was an introspective one for me, while the pandemic and lockdown meant some of my goals could not be met, and I could not get enough gigs. Like a cloud with a silver lining, the year allowed me to explore a few personal projects and offered an opportunity for introspection and deep reflection. I would say I got the chance to really discover myself and figure my journey in this trip called life. While I cannot change the past - which was 2020, it presented an opportunity to look inward and prepare for the future. Dawali
Dear 2020, You were one tough year, nonetheless, you taught mankind,...READ ON
Dear 2020, You were one tough year, nonetheless, you taught mankind, especially myself, what and where the true value lies. The moments you spend with loved ones, the moments used to reflect and try to figure out which parts of one's life are real and those parts are noise, are in retrospect - priceless. As a result of the lockdowns, I had the chance to spend substantial time with my family and made little progress in my screenwriting. Although I couldn't tick everything on my wishlist, I am grateful for life. I am hopeful that the new year will be full of pleasant surprises. Twenty-twenty was a big bad boy who nonetheless had his own good side. Daniel
Dear 2020, That I was employed throughout 2020 is such a blessing. I faced...READ ON
Dear 2020, That I was employed throughout 2020 is such a blessing. I faced my nightmare of staying at home which I normally spend the least time in. It came with the worst but here I am - grateful that the lockdown got eased eventually. 2020 also blessed me with good people online and offline. The #EndSARS Protests of October made this year the most unforgettable and it sucks that there were casualties, with the Lekki Toll Gate massacre being the most gruesome. Personally, I'd say 2020 reminded me of the person I have always wanted to be and I still can't put it all in words. Thank you, Twenty-twenty. Sefa.
Dear twenty-twenty, 2020 was an eventful year. I started the year with so...READ ON
Dear twenty-twenty, 2020 was an eventful year. I started the year with so much zeal and energy to achieve my planned goals but then the year took a totally different turn. The experience of a pandemic was a huge challenge for me. At first, I was so scared and feared that many might die and this might just be the end for everyone. Listening to the news didn't help as I kept painting uglier scenarios in my mind. After some days into the lockdown, I finally gathered the courage to ignore the challenges around me and focus on my goals for the year. I used the opportunity to learn new skills and improve on existing skills. After the lockdown, things became a bit easier and work life was bouncing back again. 2020 was a whole new lesson for me to value life, live humbly, and to become selfless. It was indeed a warning to show how fragile our lives can be. Despite all that happened, I am still grateful for 2020. Onyebuolise
Dear twenty-twenty, I finally got the opportunity to write about the year...READ ON
Dear twenty-twenty, I finally got the opportunity to write about the year that shook things. 2020 was a year with a lot of mixed emotions for me - a year of many firsts and deep reflections. I went into the year with a lot of optimism, spending time with family and seeing old secondary school friends and of course the Vision 2020 hype. Lol. Then came COVID and the lockdowns; pay cuts and limited interactions were tough. As much as I am introverted and reserved, the year made me realize we are indeed social beings. Thankful for friends - both old and new - who made the long lockdowns memorable. In the midst of processing the chaos came a tranche of good news. I must confess that Q3 and Q4 really blew my mind, forever grateful to God for these opportunities. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests in the heights of the pandemic really made me wonder what has happened to our shared humanity. If the BLM protests really got to me, then the #EndDARS protests that happened across Nigeria shook me to the core - I was livid. The notorious SARS unit terrorized young people, and it made sense that young Nigerians, like myself, took to the streets with our demands - to disband the rogue unit. For 2 weeks we were resisted by armed forces whose response to protests against police brutality was more police brutality. In the end, scores of young people were gunned down at various locations and times during the protests, including the 20th of October Lekki Massacre. I don't know if I’d ever heal from these events because all that we asked the government was to stop maltreating and killing us. Twenty-twenty was indeed a different year. Wole
Dear twenty-twenty, 2020 was an interesting and very surprising year....READ ON
Dear twenty-twenty, 2020 was an interesting and very surprising year. Though it has its ups and downs, one thing I am grateful for was that the year I learned a lot, especially about myself. During 2020, I started developing myself in a totally new field - I began my transition from what I had studied in school into a new endeavor. This was rewarding because I got various opportunities to learn in this new field, without paying a dime, from different organizations. Ordinarily, I would not have gotten these opportunities, I am grateful because they paved way for me to not only learn but gain invaluable experience. One of the main highlights of the year was discovering myself in new ways and also meeting awesome people. On the other hand, twenty-twenty was full of rejections but I learned how to pick myself up and move beyond them, focusing on new things that are ahead. Thank you for helping me build strength. Babs
Early 2021, I was reflecting on how the year Twenty-twenty  shaped our lives in ways we could not have imagined - it felt like happenings in a century were compressed into one calendar year. The year was characterized by twists and turns and what can be termed 'unimaginable' events.
In the early days of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic hit us hard and resulted in the loss of lives and an economic downturn. The government imposed lockdowns meant people had to stay at home and many could not work and feed. It was indeed a tough time. By June, during the pandemic, the killing of George Floyd by police officers brought back the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Protest of 2020 which has been described as one of the largest social movements in the world as millions across the globe, especially the United States, came out to protest police brutality and injustice. In the last quarter of the year, the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria were also a response to police brutality and disregard for human rights by the Nigerian Authorities. These decentralized protests saw thousands of young Nigerians take to the streets for two weeks calling for the end of the notorious police unit, SARS. While these were broad general issues that happened in 2020, many people had personal experiences in their lives.
This project, Dear 2020 is a personal attempt to visualize the experiences - wins and losses, highs and lows, as well as personal events from the year 2020 - of people around me, in a bid to document the year and serve as a reference to human resilience. I sourced personal images from the respondents and simulated handwritten notes of conversations with them, which were combined to form photo diptychs.
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