After turning it off and on again a few times, fiddling with the buttons, sliding it up and down a bit, my phone decided to work again!
It seems it was in a perpetual state of believing it was locked, but not letting me unlock it. I’ve really no idea how i fixed it. I did pray for my phone last night … maybe that’s the answer! haha!
So now i don’t need to buy myself a new phone, and i can continue to wait for a good Google phone! :) Although i’m not convinced whether the phone is truly fixed. It seems to be having trouble charging too. Maybe it is time to get a new one anyway.