Homebound, like suspects under house arrest, forbidden callers, spending months alone, enforced seclusion saps our hope and zest, like shackled captives, merely lying prone. The artists in despair I urge to view the current deadlock as a heaven-sent boon, as hustle, parties, trysts, we must eschew, for focused work, the times are opportune. We moaned that guests, and calls we had to pay derailed our art’s ascent to the sublime the idyll craved, and missed to our dismay, was loneness to create, so now’s the time. Despite the blights of hunger, debts and fear, espy a silver streak in Covid’s cloud, arresting, lasting items to appear, attesting talent troubled but uncowed.
Reginald Chiedu Ofodile is an award-winning author and international actor. Ofodile has been a very prolific and versatile writer, producing three novels, two books of plays, two poetry collections and a collection of short fiction, as well as essays and criticism. His awards include the Warehouse Theatre International Award in 1997, the BBC African Performance Award, the World Students’ Drama Trust’s Awards and the 2015 ANA/Abubakar Gimba award for a short story collection. He has also appeared across nations on stage and screen in many productions and coached actors.