LOUD WHISPERS: The Strategy Meeting

This is unbelievable!

How did this happen?

When will these lawmakers stop treating us like second-class citizens?

Making us beg for rights that should rightfully be ours?

How come they can’t make a connection between the low status of women and the inability of our country to meet any of its development goals?

How come they don’t understand that the feminization of poverty will lead to the total disintegration of all our communities and rip apart the moral fabric that binds us all together?

When will we stop living under patriarchal oppression?

Nigerian women have to beg in vain for 35% representation?

I beg Auntie, make we hear word!

Big big grammar no de tire you? Wetin you expect?

See dem, big belle, big Agbada, big car, big house

Wetin dem done do for us?

Na so we tanda tititititi for sun, for rain, to vote

See us see trouble O!

We no commot pass our boundiri

We no say make dem dash us 50%, make we waka shoulda for shoulda

Na common 35% we say make dem give us

Dem say no, make we manage 20%, we say oya, bring di 20%

Come and see me see trouble ooooo! Haa, Olorun o! Chineke me o!

50%, 35%, 20%, 10% we no see anytin, nada!

Na for 5% we go dey? For dis Obodo Nigeria?

Make dem bring their belle and Agbada come meet us, na 2 years remain

Wetin I dey talk sef? Na we women get mumu plenty plenty

Na so we go clap, dance, cook, do chair, do table, tie Gele

Na so we go de follow dem and their Madams de go upandan

Make dem give us position – na lie

Make dem let us put mouth for mata wey concern us – dem no go gree

Make dem help our pikin wey no get job – no vacancy

Make dem talk to Oga Gomina make he do sometin – dem no go gree come home

Na we women get mumu plenty plenty

We should take it easy, we don’t want a confrontation

Perhaps there is a way we can talk to them

They will be made to see reason

It is in the interest of all of them to empower women

Without women we cannot achieve anything as a nation

We need dialogue, consensus, awareness raising and we need to mobilise

We are their mothers, wives, sisters and daughters, they will listen to us.

You no dey tire for una grammar?

Mobilise ko, mobilise ni

Na thunder go fire your mouth!

Na you Akada women be our problem

Na you go read book, you no fit use wetin you read help oda women

Na so so competition you go dey do with the men

You go dey chase position, chase contract, look for big man husband

You no go remember us

Na when you need us you go de come meet us

Where you dey when dem dey carry our pikin go?

Where you dey when dem dey rape and kill our pikin?

Where you dey when we go die like fowl when we wan born pikin?

All de fine fine lace and gold una get, you no fit help us make we start sometin small

You come dey blow big big grammar here. Abeg park well!

My sister, let us not do this

We have to work together

These men don’t know educated women or illiterates

They don’t know old from young

They don’t care whether we live in the city or the village

We are all beaten, raped, abused and even killed the same

It doesn’t matter if we are 4, 14, 24, 44 or 84 years old

As far as they are concerned we are all women

We are less than them

We know less

Can only do less

Are only allowed less

No matter where we are or who we are

We are always less than them

Let us work together

Together we are strong, we can move things, we can right the wrongs

When they see we are together, the good men will join us and we will get what we want

If they see we are divided, they will keep getting away with cheating us

Ehen, you don dey talk now

You go de organize seminar for Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt

You blow big big grammar for Hilton, Sheraton, Protea

When you de go America, you no remember us

We no get time for talk, na for action we dey

Na you go tell us when una ready

As you see us so, na we go close market, close motor park, close bank

We go go all dem party, APC, PDP, Labour, KOWA and all de oda small small ones

Anyone wey no fit put 35% for women, make them no show face again

We go go meet Baba Buhari when he come back, God go bring am back

We go talk to all de Godfada dem

See yourself, Akada for notin! we no get Godmoda!

We sef go close, no food, no Ponyor till further notice. We go even talk to those sisters we de sell de oda kain market, dem too go close

If pikin say make him mama no sleep,

Na him own eye no go close.

When una say those people de resume sef? Se na September?

Dem go meet us when dem come back.

Our mumu done do. Na action remain.


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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14 Responses to LOUD WHISPERS: The Strategy Meeting

  1. Olakunle Olajide July 31, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    This is so hilarious but really, enough of the talks and meetings, we really need to stand for our rights. And this doesn’t go to the women alone, it is to everyone. But can we stand as one in this Nation? I guess that is the major difficulty. I still have hope that one day this oppression will cease and a better Nation would arise.

  2. Bisola Cole July 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Our mumu don do ooooo. We need to take action and make sure that these women that will represent us are of valid character. No the ones that will go and loot and make the men laugh at us.

  3. Femi Diipo July 31, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    This composition is just filled with a lot of serious points. A lot really has to be done, women have to be empowered and given their rightful position in governance and our society generally

  4. Dom Dom July 31, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Despite the truth and relevance of this article, truth is most women in our society are not interested in politics or ready for such responsibilities. One only need to take cursory look at women posts on social media and how many of them are about politics, leadership and governance. For all these to happen, women really need to do more

  5. DSEED July 31, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Seriously getting involve in politics as a woman is not something that encouraging. But as mummy said when we stick together then we can achieve more.

  6. Princess July 31, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Am glad people are coming out of their cocoon to take what rightful belongs to them.

  7. Akpes July 31, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Its really a strategic meeting I must confess, but am glad everyone that knows what they want are willing to be violent about it.

  8. Ebonychyqui2 July 31, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Enough of the oppression from the government. We can’t be lobotomized, its high time we stood for that which is right. Ma’am I concur with all you said in this write up.

  9. Julie July 31, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Nigerian governance doesn’t respect women right at all. Seriously women voice need to be heard come rain, come shine. One thing our leaders have failed to realise is the fact that women are the heartbeat of every nation. Women gave birth to men that’s the bitter truth.

  10. Bisi Alawode August 1, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    This is just the truth of the matter.

  11. Lola Adeoye August 1, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    If only these women will get into the system before the need., if only those that have been sent to represent us will do that before the need. If only they will rise up to the course of this genuinely, we will have what we want.

  12. Tamara Nelson August 1, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    These men should be lynched. How dare they? I was annoyed when I heard the news. After entrusting the nation in their hands, what have they brought so far? Nada!

  13. oladimeji August 1, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Looooll… Great Nigeria womeeeeeeeeeeennnnnn… Great!

    Mumu don do o. We support our women not all of us are patriarchal, some of us have sense

  14. Victor Udoh August 2, 2017 at 9:42 am

    May we rise above the border level in this country.


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