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The Witsprouts Project Presents


Stories and Lessons from the Pandemic Year

“The goal [of this project] is to prompt everyone to look beyond the pains of the year into the collateral beauties. The hope is that every person finds peace with the way the year hits them and forges ahead in all the little different ways they are able to. The mission is to inspire a heart of gratitude for all the wisdom and memories that the year leaves behind  in our minds. To face the year ahead, we must all embrace optimism and courage but above all, gratitude for the simple pleasures of life.”
— Tope Akintayo Curator





Curator’s Note

— Tope Akintayo

The Pandemic Culture

— Avwemoya Izoduwa Ogheneochuko

Revived Intimacy

— Haneefah AbdulRahman

Just a Girl, Asking to be Loved

— Busayo Oyewole

Down, Not Out

— Ibrahim Babátúndé Ibrahim

Beyond the Storm

— Lawretta Egba

Mi Said Life is Fickle

— Basit Jamiu

Of Highs and Lows

— Tobi Eyinade

A Lockdown Hero

— Albarka Wakili


— Alade Toheeb Oluwatoyin

COVID-19 and Me

— Zainab Muhammed

Only When You Speak Up

— Osatare Omonkhegbe

High Hopes

— Oluwabukunmi Familoye

No One Knows

— R’Jay

Dear Diary

— Eniola Oluwafolakemi Olatoye