The year 2020 has been unprecedented and this is as a result of the series of events that unfolded throughout the year, which impacted the economy negatively.
On the 27th of February 2020, the first case of the coronavirus disease was confirmed in Nigeria, by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and to curb the spread of the pandemic, a nationwide lockdown was imposed, between March and August 2020 with several families finding it difficult to survive the impact of the disruptions on their daily commercial activities. This affected Nigeria's economy, as it contracted by -6.1% year on year (Y-o-Y) in the second quarter of 2020, while in the third quarter, it was at -3.62% to record a second recession in four years.
Furthermore, the peaceful END SARS protests in October, 2020 driven by youths seeking reform of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), degenerated into chaos as hoodlums hijacked the process, attacking and killing security personnel with the vandalization of public and private properties, leaving many people out of business.
Regardless of all of these events which had adverse effects on Nigerian citizens it is the festive period and the Christmas season. A time to embrace all things bright and pretty, unwind and focus on celebrating family, friends, and the things that bring joy.
Watch This Special edition of 2020 Christmas as WebTV captures how Nigerians will spend the season in the shadows of the pandemic.