MULTI-TENANTED RESIDENTS IN LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES IN LAGOS: THE RECEPTION AND PRECAUTIONS THROUGH MUSIC DURING COVID 19 ERA.

Nweke, F.E. ; Nubi, T.G. ; Oyalowo, B.A. (2021)

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Music generally served as a crucial tool of enlightenment, especially in awakening consciousness on COVID-19 preventive measures. The research was motivated by concern about the capacity of residents of multi-tenanted houses to adhere to these instructions via music presented in the form of jingles to an environment that lacks basic amenities and is overcrowding. The remarkable silence on coping strategies for these people emanating from both the state and the federal government and the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) directives on COVID19 protection at the initial stage of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown necessitated the use of music. Many residents of multi-tenanted housing in Lagos continue to bear the impact of the sixweek lockdown of 2020. Through an online survey as well as a virtual focus group discussion with selected members of the public and engagement through radio call-in programs on selected radio stations, the study concludes that the lockdown allowed people some quality time with their family. Many families experienced a significant loss of income, increased business instability, emotional stress, increased expenditure on food, and restiveness by homebound children and young adults. The role music played during the Ebola epidemic breakout was mentioned by callers during the call-in programs on radio, adding the influential role of music in enlightening the public on preventive measures. Such measures were imbibed by some of these residents who listened to musical jingles way back.