Photo Essay: Life In Quarantine According To Ushie Jedy

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Days have turned into weeks, and weeks to months since the unwelcome arrival of the coronavirus global pandemic; with resulting effects including crashing economies, socio-political uprisings, and enforced lockdowns all around the world. This has placed a halt on the general way of life for most people and as a result, many have been forced to adjust to what has been defined as the ‘new normal’, maintaining social distancing and quarantining to avoid spreading the virus.

For many young adults, the enforced lockdowns have left them more time with themselves than usual. Social distancing means possible lack of human contact for lengthy periods and this has pushed them to seek new ways to keep busy while staying safely indoors. For 21-year-old uni student Ushie Jedy, this is exactly the case. Quarantining in the U.K –– miles away from his family back home in Nigeria, Ushie was lucky enough to be surrounded by friends Lape, Franco and Dan before the imposed lockdowns. In this photo-essay, he illustrates life in quarantine through his eyes (and lens) and the coping habits he and his friends engaged to stay sane.

Ushie, 21

Before the pandemic, what was a typical day like for you? 

Uni and back, I don’t really like being perceived so I barely go outside. Also, life was seriously dealing with me at the time.

How has this changed during quarantine?

I have loads of free time now so I spend a lot of it reading, gaming, and generally fucking about.

What are some things you do to stay sane?

I started running because I wasn’t really sleeping well, you know. Like I’d be getting 3 hours of sleep a day and it was driving me insane. I also spend a lot of time on a lot of creative pursuits, whether it be designing or taking pictures or writing just anything I feel. I also put in work on Warzone every now and then.

Do you follow the lockdown laws?

To be honest I never really go anywhere normally so the lockdown really wasn’t something too difficult to adjust to.

Lape, 20 

 Before the pandemic, what was a typical day like for you? 

  Breakfast, go into university, make dinner, then Netflix till I fall asleep. 

How has this changed during quarantine?

 There’s no structure anymore, I take every day as it is and do whatever can keep me entertained. Every day is basically a different sequence of eat, sleep, TV and increasing my screen time.

What are some things you do to stay sane?

 I am with a friend, so we just know how to keep each other entertained so we don’t realize we are home all day… this weirdly includes a lot of self-reflection.

Do you follow the lockdown laws?

I try to, in order to keep my hypochondriac self calm.

Franco, 21

Before the pandemic, what was a typical day like for you?

Going to uni, and chilling with my guys.

How has this changed during quarantine?

No more uni to attend and social distancing measures mean less chilling with friends.

What are some things you do to stay sane?

Mix and produce music. Play and watch football. You know the vibes.

Do you follow the lockdown laws?

I followed the rules to the tee.

Dan, 20

Before the pandemic, what was a typical day like for you?

Uni and then back home to be honest.

How has this changed during quarantine?

Now my schedule is my room to my living room and back, and then a whole lotta vibes in between.

What are some things you do to stay sane?

I work out in the living room and I play GTA online pretty much 24/7.

Do you follow the lockdown laws?

Everything I need to survive (groceries, etc,) is like 5 minutes from me so I don’t really need to go anywhere.


Credits

Photography: Ushie Jedy

Interview: Ushie Jedy

Introduction: Makua Adimora

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