These are unprecedented times for the world, with the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the planet in the last couple of months. While it is spring or summer in most of the world in the northern hemisphere, when people would usually be outdoors making the most of the beautiful weather, we are forced to stay indoors for our own safety and the safety of our loved ones. Most of the world is facing a similar situation, with lockdown and quarantine measures in place and borders being closed to travel, and so, despite being disconnected physically from each other, we are, in a weird way, more connected than ever, experiencing the same problems together.
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The coronavirus has caused untold suffering and misery already, with thousands of casualties, and the rate only keeps rising every day. Along with the mortality rates, there has also been a huge economic and financial loss, with businesses having to close shutters due to the lack of customers, especially those deemed non-essential or those which need people to step outside their homes and spend money. Airlines, travel agencies, restaurants, bars, construction companies and ride-hailing services are just a few examples of the sectors which have been left decimated by this crisis, and it does not look like abating any time soon.
With people being confined to their houses, they have to find options for entertainment indoors, and so here is a list of options for people to use and try to relax from the comfort of their homes –
Of course, being stuck inside means that the internet becomes one of the main sources of distraction. Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime are perfect for these times, with a one-month free trial for new subscribers allowing people to sign up and see what the fuss is all about before actually beginning to pay. Online games are also extremely popular at the moment, with people using this time to play against their friends from their houses. Another attractive option is online gambling. With physical gambling locations and casinos having shut down, this is the only alternative for people, and with live casino games such as poker, blackjack and roulette available on these sites, the number of people visiting online gambling sites has been steadily increasing in the last few weeks, and will only keep going up as the lockdown measures continue.
Another extremely popular distraction is music. Nigerian music has been on the rise over the last few years, and you can take this time to discover some of the best new artists who have been setting the scene ablaze with their talent. At the same time, some artists are taking this opportunity to be socially conscious and provide useful information around the coronavirus crisis. One such example has been seen with Abas Akande Obesere, the Fuji singer, who released a remix of his 2002 track, ‘Egungun Be Careful’, titled ‘Coronavirus Be Careful’, last month. The song talks about maintaining personal hygiene and acts as a warning against the coronavirus. With his popularity already established due to his catchy music, this song has also caught on quickly, becoming part of internet memes in almost no time. At the same time, there is also a lot of new music being released for fans to get into, with the most notable new releases being Pherowshuz’s new 12-track album, ‘Tha Phero’, Dremo also releasing a 12-track album, ‘CodeName Vol. 2’, and Crayon’s third single of the year so far, ‘Mo Bad’. It is important to stay occupied and busy during this time to avoid going stir-crazy while being stuck inside, but it is equally important to also take some time to unwind, especially in such an anxious and stressful time. These entertainment options will help you de-stress and and take some time to relax.