- A 48-year-old woman, Bunmi Oyebamiji-Ojo, who was struggling on a N26,000 salary as a hotel cook lost her job as lockdown kicked in
- With no other source of income, the woman became a labourer as a way to ensure her family has what to eat
- After doing that for a while, she turned to food business, a venture that is giving her petty income of N18,000 every month
A Nigerian woman, Bunmi Oyebamiji-Ojo, was greatly affected by the global coronavirus pandemic that she became a roadside food seller.
Humangle reports that the 48-year-old woman lost her job as her place of employment downsized due to the lockdown.
All that the primary school leaver knew about COVID-19 were things she had heard from conversations around her.
When she was called at work about the need to let her go, Bunmi’s supervisor promised her the disengagement would only last for a while.
After the lockdown was eased, the woman’s hope of returning to work was dashed as no call came.
Before she lost her job, she was managing a N26,000 salary with her son who is an undergraduate at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho.
Narrating her travail, the woman told Humangle:
“I was at my lowest point in life. Hunger was biting hard. There was nobody to turn to. Despite my terrible condition, my siblings, both young and old, kept asking for help from me without knowing what I was passing through. Mama Abuja, give us this and that. That was all they usually say.”
The 48-year-old woman worked as a labourer at a site for a while before the supervisor advised her to go into food business.
With the new venture, she is only able to make N18,000 a month as she may be evicted soon from her home.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) indicated that 42% of hitherto employed Nigerians lost their jobs due to the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NBS report which was published on Friday, June 5, was titled COVID-19 National Longitudinal Phone Survey (COVID-19 NLPS).
Joseph Omotayo writes for the human interest desk at Legit.ng. He graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University with a degree in Literature in English. He loves basketball and books. He tweets @omotayome.
Source: Legit Nigeria