2020: A tale of two epochs | The Guardian Nigeria News


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair,” says Charles Dickens, in A Tale of Two Cities.

Yet even though Dickens may have been describing the highs and lows of the French Revolution, he could as well been tellingly providing a trompe l’oeil of the ins and outs of the year 2020.

In the U.S., where on May 25, the death of the African American, George Floyd, appears, after COVID-19, to have been enlisted in the history book of the year. When I saw the footage, in particular, I was appalled by the disparaging and dehumanising knock-down demonstrated by Mr. Derek Chauvin. Chauvin’s chauvinism, to be sure, was and is an unspoken, cruel act. A series of week-or-so protests were precipitated.

On June 30, nonetheless, China’s imposing…

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