LOUD WHISPERS: The Week The Girls Came Back Home

It took 912 days

Of tears, prayers, vigils, speeches, marches, songs,

Waiting, watching, cries both loud and silent

912 days

The girls came back home

They left many more behind

Yet the girls came back home

The week the girls came back home

There was a day when the whole world celebrated girls everywhere

Girls of all nations and faiths who might not live to see their dreams come true

Girls who might be ferried away in the middle of the night, never to be seen again

Girls married off in broad daylight to dinosaurs lurking around their villages

Girls who become women who become mothers who become bitter, angry desperate prisoners

We celebrated the girls who need hope for a better tomorrow

The week the girls came back home

Yes, the same week we were all confused

To hear that it was not Ngugi but Dylan who had won the Nobel for Literature

More like Usain Bolt winning gold for wrestling, but I digress

The week our girls came back home

Far away on the other side of the world

Where we are told girls’ dreams do come true

And where they are all allowed to live, love and thrive as they wish


Full reading in Loud Whispers cover final


 Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi is a Gender Specialist, Social Entrepreneur and Writer. She is the Founder of Abovewhispers.com, an online community for women. She can be reached at BAF@abovewhispers.com




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11 Responses to LOUD WHISPERS: The Week The Girls Came Back Home

  1. Mercy October 17, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Hallelujah!!!!! I couldn’t hold tears dropping from my eyes when I saw the videos/clips of the girls that were freed. My joy was boundless, I can’t imagine what it feels like- as a father, mother and sister or brother, knowing fully well your daughter ,son – siblings are not dead – but are out of reach – being held bound by a group of terrorists…. I AM REALLY HAPPY….. And I hope they set the others free – real time soon….

  2. Romano October 17, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    There is nothing impossible for Our Sovereign God. God is mighty. He will have mercy on whom he choses to – #BaskingInJoy. #BringBackTheRestOfOurGirls

  3. Tade October 17, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    AMEN…………….. May the Lord send help to all victimized women, ladies, sisters and girls out there….. #SendUsTheRestOfOurGirls

  4. Legzycool October 18, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    I say Amen to your prayers. May the good Lord strengthen all our girls and women. And may God put to shame all the wicked ones causing harm to our beautiful and wonderfully made ladies. Amen.

  5. Lota October 20, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Girls are peculiar,

    Girls can dream and their dreams will come true

    Girls should stand and fight for other girls

    They should stand against any form of abuse either physical or intellectual abuse

    I welcome the 23girls back home and i sincerely hope that the rest will come back home

  6. Maveedah October 20, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Welocme Back our girls

    We are grateful to have you back and we hope that the others will come home safely. My appeal is that, these girls be taken care of and given good medical attention and education.

  7. Olakunle Olajide October 20, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    What a touching story, i welcome the 21 girls that have gained freedom from the clutches of boko haram. But what about others..how are they coping, we should not dwell on this for long instead we we should find the means of getting the other girls back.

  8. Bamisebi toluwalope October 20, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    All thanks be to God almighty for the girls that were freed and may God strengthen then to recover from their pains and restore unto them all that they’ve lost. And I also pray that others that are still head captives would be freed very soon ijn.

  9. precious October 23, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Thank God the prayer of Nigerians is working. may God perfect every other thing in Nigeria. Amen

  10. Femi Diipo October 23, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Brilliant and captivating… We sincerely hope for better days when no woman or man shall be victimized or intimidated by another

  11. D'apoet October 23, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    May the rest of the girls come back, may we have more to celebrate and may the victimizer be ferried away in broad daylight


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