• Odutope Macauley-Okoro

  • Unknown - Halifax

Art by Emily Honderich

Odutope Macauley-Okoro story

Odutope Macauley-Okoro Odutope Macauley-Okoro lives with her husband and three young children in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

My Experience During the COVID-19

I am Odutope Macauley-Okoro. A wife, mother, and caregiver. I moved to Nova Scotia two years ago, and I must say, life was good. And then, just like a jungle cat, the pandemic glided into our lives and changed everything as we know it. I had to stop working to stay home to help the children with online schooling, in which I had no training. We all remained stuck at home with our attention constantly on social media awaiting our fate, listening for updates. What a nightmare!

And then the worst happened! A sudden feeling dawned on me like I have been caged, locked up and all I wanted was to yell and run. “Where do I run to, and who will I yell at?” I asked myself. At the peak of the pandemic, when movements were highly restricted, I grabbed my car keys and just drove without any destination on my mind nor care if police officials would stop me. I felt I lost my sanity.

This experience gave me some understanding of what most people who suffered had to endure; those who contracted the disease, lost their loved ones, jobs, and especially the frontline workers risking their lives while caring for people.

"This experience gave me some understanding of what most people who suffered had to endure; those who contracted the disease, lost their loved ones, jobs, and especially the frontline workers risking their lives while caring for people."

- Odutope Macauley-Okoro