“IT IS WELL O”- that phrase of consolation borne out of frustration

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Yesooo, it is well o
And in some very individual experience(s) it can be personalised to be “it is well with me o.” And when it is a family matter it goes as ” it is well with me and my family”. When it is a collective situation, it becomes ” it is well with us o”

This phrase indeed is now one of consolation borne out of many, various and different situation of hardship in Nigeria. When you ask someone how are you? The traditional “fine” for answer is becoming “it is well with me”. It denotes a general sense of wellness- financially, spiritually, physically and otherwise.

“It is well” a people’s anthem of hope for survival.
The line is originally from a hymn written by Horatio Spafford following tragic experiences he had. First, he lost his two year old son, then the Great Chicago Fire  of 1871 consumed all his property and investments leaving him with neither financial backup nor material possessions. As though that was not sad enough, his four daughters and wife Anna while heading to Europe, their ship had a head-on collision with another sea vessel, the Loch Earn. In this tragedy, he lost his four daughters. Anna, was saved and she sent him a telegraph- “survived alone”.

So devastated and brought low, he decided to travel and meet his grieving wife, Anna. And as he passed the Atlantic where his daughters were killed, he was inspired to write this hymn. And that is how the line which is the refrain part of the six stanza traditional hymn emerged.

Today, times are hard, situation is tough and rough for almost everyone. The difference is the varying degrees of harrowing experience(s).
So, people need such statement of hope to keep their sanity, it seems.

It is well o
A line now used as a healing balm to almost all situations. It is a consolation that hope is not yet lost, things that don’t seem to tie in will eventually fall in to place. It is a line that portrays the resilience of Nigerians. They are able to suffer and smile
Keeping hopes high when “hopes seem lost and disappearing”
It is well we would say, even in the well
Can you imagine?

You know, it actually sounds religious to say that, but make no mistake it is fall all, regardless of one’s religious backgrounds and persuasion. All that matters now, is gaining the relief that comes with confessing that. True to the words of psychologist, any word or words or phrase in the affirmative, has a way of sending positive energy to anyone who uses it.

So, good people, it is well o
Even though tomatoes is more expensive than apple nowadays, it is still well sha
Things will fall into place and sure will
My sister, bro, country people
It is well o
I follow talk am.

Amaka Okoye

Amaka Okoye

A seasoned and an award-journalist who has practiced both in and outside of Nigeria. She has covered varied beats but her forte is Conflict and Crisis Reporting. She majors in reporting terrorism, banditry and abductions in the Northern part of Nigeria.

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Udoh peace
Udoh peace
2 years ago

It is well o. I still believe.