LOUD WHISPERS: ‘A Day Will Come’

For a few seconds, Temi thought she was going to pass out. Everything and everyone was a blur. People around her were talking loudly, laughing, exchanging greetings and saying things to her.  Her cousin Maggie was trying to whisper something in her ear. The loudspeakers were blaring and she could barely make out what the Master of Ceremonies was saying. There was so much noise, yet she could not hear a thing.  It was also very hot. She began to feel herself lifting out of her body. Then she felt her eyes stinging. Her tears were trying to get through her make-up. Thank God for photochromic lenses she thought to herself. A voice in her head was saying, ‘Is this me? What am I doing here?’. It then dawned on her that she it was her own voice she was hearing. She starred at Maggie who by now had tears in her eyes too. Then Maggie whispered into her ear again, and this time Temi heard her, ‘I told you this day would come’.

Mama Tade was watching on television. She had tears in her eyes too, for different reasons. She was the older sister of Peter, Temi’s ex-husband. Temi and Peter were married for ten years and they had two children, a daughter  Bola and a son Ponle. When Temi married Peter, life was good in the early years. Peter was a Customs Officer and he also had a retail business selling building materials on the side. Temi was a teacher in a primary school, they both lived in Lagos. Mama Tade had never liked Temi. As far as she was concerned, Temi was not in the same league as her brother. Temi only had a Grade 2 Teacher’s Certificate while her brother was a university graduate. She was also from ‘up country’, a place where people were unsophisticated and not as ‘exposed’ as cosmopolitan Lagos. Temi had planned to go back to school but she foolishly got pregnant, and Peter felt obliged to marry her, that was the right thing to do back then. Peter made a lot of money. He liked parties, and he sprayed good money for musicians to sing his praises.

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For every woman who suffers abuse, neglect and discrimination, there are four people in a position to assist her. One can hold her hand. One can dry her tears. One can pay her rent. One can pay her fees or that of her children. Be one of those four.  For every woman whose dreams are shattered, we can support five more to fulfill their destiny. Every single day, you have an opportunity to help a vulnerable person. Do whatever you can. No one knows tomorrow. This story is dedicated to the millions of women around the world, who need someone to whisper in their ear, ‘A day will come’. Let that day start today for someone. Be your sister’s keeper. Happy International Women’s Day.

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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10 Responses to LOUD WHISPERS: ‘A Day Will Come’

  1. Femi Diipo March 6, 2017 at 11:52 am

    This story is as gripping and enthralling as ever, those who hurt others don’t always realize that they might be pushing them to greater things. May the day come for all the women who had been abused and mistreated. Happy international women’s day

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  2. Dom Dom March 6, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    The story didn’t end as I would almost have predicted. The day that came wasn’t about the abuser but about Temi, when she finally realized her self worth and could forgive the past. The day indeed will come. Happy international women’s day

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  3. Princess March 6, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Why am I getting so emotional about Temi? Am glad she made it and was celebrated. To all those women who have been shattered and battered in their matrimonial homes, there is still hope for you as far as you still have the breath of life in you.

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  4. Olakunle Olajide March 6, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Now. This is a touching story. I’m glad she was able to find people to stand by her during the whole ordeal and she was also motivated to keep going. Happy International Women’s day.
    I pray and I hope things get better for most especially the struggling and abused women.

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  5. Harryrrah March 6, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    What a world we live in? Some people are just too bellicose in nature. Inspite of the maltreatment and everything Peter’s family still sent temi packing. I celebrate you temi for moving on with your life and of course setting priorities right.

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  6. Olufunmilola March 7, 2017 at 10:41 am

    woooooow! Such a beautiful story. Thumbs up to Temi. For every woman going through an ordeal, your time will come. Don’t die in the hustle, determine to live and live well.

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  7. Julie March 7, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    I would have loved it if peter works under her, so that he would know that no condition is permanent.

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  8. DSEED March 7, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Such a touching story. My spirit was lifted. There is time for everything. We just have to keep seeing good things at the end of the tunnel.

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  9. olakitan March 7, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    A day will come for sure. Its just like an hervest time. Whatsoever planted shall be harvested. That is the reason why I pited those that have faced this or facing it and what they keep seeing was end of life. Positive mind generate good result.

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  10. Toluene March 8, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Waoh….. Was so emotional at first but an glad Temi made it at last. Indeed, a day will surely come when every woman will be treated like a queen and not as slaves.
    Am so happy Temi had people that stood by her and encouraged her to Forge ahead and attain success. Today she is celebrated,today she rejoiced. May God help every woman their….

    Happy international women’s day

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