On Monday, March 9, the inspiring Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi was in the UK, attending the Commonwealth Day service, where she bore the Commonwealth flag.
She returned to Nigeria soon after with several plans, but all of them had to be put on pause: she fell ill, showing symptoms of coronavirus, and self isolated.
Days after, she tested positive for coronavirus.
The Stand to End Rape (STER) Executive Director has shared her story of testing positive, undergoing treatment, and testing negative for coronavirus.
She revealed that she was the third person to be confirmed with the virus in the country, the person whose story was everywhere on social media.
Her story is one of resilience and strength, and we hope you will be inspired by it:
Life finds ways of throwing LEMON at me. I’ve struggled w/ coming forward, but I want to inspire hope.
I returned to Nigeria from the UK post-Commonwealth event (I totally enjoyed) & fell ill. As a responsible person, I self-isolated.
Days after, I TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19.
Before returning, I had planned several interviews, I was scheduled to start a fantastic consultancy job & was also expecting to sign a contract worth millions.
I lost them all!!!
I had to self-isolate and also inform people I came in close contact with to get tested. #COVID191,0232:19 PM – Mar 30, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy409 people are talking about this
My friend & I kept calling @NCDCgov to get tested? What if we didn’t persist?
No info on my test result. At 12am, an ambulance was at my house. I woke from sleep & was crying. I got to isolation center, but no one was there to receive me. I waited in the ambulance for TWO HOURS.9612:19 PM – Mar 30, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy398 people are talking about this
The nurses eventually came out & treated me like a plague. I sat in the ambulance feeling rejected.
No questions about how I felt. So many questions about my travel history. Same information I had provided to NCDC & Lagos State Government during profiling.
Lack of data sharing!1,1412:19 PM – Mar 30, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy480 people are talking about this
After two hours, I was taken to my space.
I felt lonely, bored & disconnected from the outside world.
Few days after, another patient came in. We bonded. Days later, patients trooped in.
“Are people observing self-isolation & social distancing?” I was so scared for Nigeria.
The next days were tough. No appetite. The nausea, vomit & stooling was unbearable. I’m a blood type A & #COVID19 dealt w/ me.
I’ll share daily symptoms & recovery process in a video tomorrow.
I thought I was going to die & contemplated a succession plan for @StandtoEndRape.9872:19 PM – Mar 30, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy390 people are talking about this
I was on drugs daily. Sometimes, I‘d take 8 tablets in the morning, 13 tablets in the afternoon, 10 at night. My system threw everything out!
Water, food, soap & all disgusted me. But I’d look at the wall & force myself to stay hydrated — drank ORS. I FOUGHT TO LIVE! I FOUGHT!!
Days after, the Doctors shared a goodnews that I tested negative. I shared this news w/ family & friends! My blood sample was taken & I also tried to donate my plasmapheresis to help others. I hoped to be discharged.
I waited to be discharged, but for two days, nothing happened.