Why COVID-19 Lessons Must Not Be Forgotten- Layi-Babatunde


Kemisola Oye

FOUR years after the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the world, a Lagos-based lawyer and Deputy Publisher of Lawbreed publication, Mrs Adejoke Layi-Babatunde has urged that lessons from devastating experience should not be forgotten.

She said that for those who survived the pandemic, sometimes the experience appears blurry and surreal, adding that the impact of the scourge was not only felt on humans, health structures but equally on travels and tours, businesses, education, families, interactions and life generally.

She disclosed this on Saturday at the launch of her book title; “Whispers of Resilience: Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic and Living Mindfully”

•Mrs Adejoke Layi-Babatunde

Layi-Babatunde said the ten-chapter book provides a realistic picture of the impact of COVID-19, how it shapes life economically. She added that the book dealt with what is needed to rebuild a dynamic life as well as how the pandemic aided the use of technology in the country.

The hybrid event was chaired by Mr Wale Adesokan (SAN), attended by people from all walks of life as well as various professionals and some survivors of the pandemic who shared their experiences.

The event also had in attendance, the first female Attorney General of Lagos State, Hariat Balogun (SAN), the Lawbreed Publisher, Mr Layi Babatunde (SAN), Deacon Dele Adeshina (SAN), Engineer Olaitan Onalaja, Chief Iyiola Oladokun and Sheriff Daramola, among other dignitaries. 

However, Dr Chigozie Mbadugha, a Consultant Ophthalmologist and head, Editorial Department, CambaBooks, while reviewing the book, said that Layi-Babatunde chronicles the impact of the pandemic on life generally.

She noted that the author reviewed past pandemics and took a critical look at the resilience and resourcefulness of the human spirit.

She details the inventions that the desire to solve the problems and challenges that manifested during the pandemic produced and gave kudos to the inventors. Adejoke has taken on the bold task of writing about a topic that some do not dare to because some people would rather forget. I am glad this book will hit our shelves soon because I remember looking for literature about the Spanish Flu which happened in 1918 and wondering why there was so little information about it until COVID-19 took the world by storm.

“She takes a philosophical stance about what really matters and what is really a priority for man when faced with an invisible enemy like COVID-19”.

The reviewer said the book should be in every family, school, and public library, noting that “it provides first-hand information and facts for generations to come about a pandemic we witnessed and how we overcame.”

On his part, Engineer Onalaja said the book is a constant reminder of the trauma people went through. He added that the book is impactful, stressing that it is a book that should be in every learning institution.

Also, Sheriff Daramola opined that such a book is a heritage that will serve as a guide for the present and future generations.  


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