The Solar EclipseLike you haven't read your fill of posts and articles about the eclipse, here's another one to add to the mix.
I was really excited about it, even though I knew we would only see a partial eclipse here in Lagos. I thought amidst the useful information, were some 'sensitisation' messages with a lot to be desired. In Tuesday's This Day, the Information and National Orientation Minsister, Frank Nweke Jr., asked people not to look directly at the sun for the duration of the eclipse (good advice). He added that special glasses or other devices could be used to view the eclipse, neglecting to mention where one could these special glasses or what these other devices were (okay, yes I know - you could use bowls of buckets of water, for one). He also advised people to stay indoors for the duration of the eclipse. I'm sure that would not have increased the trepidation that many people were already feeling at this sure sign of impending doom in the least bit!!!!
Mrs. Toyin Saraki, first lady of Kwara state, in a great move gave away free solar glasses to students in her state.
I saw something of the eclipse. I was tripped by how dark it got and when I saw the moon partially cover the sun, I was awed beyond belief. How I would have loved to have been in the path of the total eclipse.