LOUD WHISPERS: The Heaven for Little Girls

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi

There is hardly much to cheer about these days with gloom and doom everywhere we look. I however let out a loud whoop when I heard that the actor known as ‘Baba Ijesha’ has been jailed for 16 years for the rape of a minor. Well done to all those who demanded and received justice on behalf of the young survivor. To the girl’s mother Princess, may you reap the fruits of your labour over her. This is for all the other girls who will never be able to tell their stories or who will tell but will not be believed.

I told mummy

That daddy was hurting me

She said, ‘Shhhhhhhhhhh

Hush girl

Don’t let anyone hear you

How dare you?’

She called me a liar

She called me a prostitute

She called me an evil spirit

I was sick for a long time

Then all of a sudden, I did not hurt anymore

I told Teacher Maggie about Teacher Joe

She said ‘Shhhhhhhh’ too

She said I was wrong

She said Teacher Joe plays with girls all the time

She asked, ‘Why are you the only one telling lies’?

Me too. I told Grandma about Felix

She said, ‘Shhhhhhh’

When I started to vomit,

She took me to see the Doctor

When they asked Grandma who was responsible for my state

She said I was a bad little girl

When I tried to open my mouth

She said ‘Hushhhhhhhhh’

I did not know babies could hurt that much

I heard Grandma screaming my name

She was asking me to push

Push! Push! Pushhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Then everything went dark

My daddy and mummy did not say ‘Hush’

But they said ‘Yes’, when they came to beg them

Three boys

Three families came

Pastor, Chief, Honourable

Big men and women

They begged and paid

No one spoke to me

So, I went to the back of the house and stared at the water in the well

Then I closed my eyes………………….

Where are we going, I can’t see anything?

See, over there, where the light is coming from

Oh, I see it now

Where is it? Where are we?

Right there, over there

Take my hand

All of us will be safe here

Why will we be safe here?

It is the special heaven for little girls

The ones who were told, ‘Hushhhhhhhhh’.

The Heaven for Little Girls is in ‘Where is Your Wrapper?’ Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, published by Farafina books, October 2020.

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

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3 Responses to LOUD WHISPERS: The Heaven for Little Girls

  1. Adenike alabi July 18, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    So happy when I heard the judgement

  2. Iyanuoluwa Isinkaye July 18, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    #protect the girl child.

  3. Fisolami July 18, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    Baba Ijesha got what e deserved


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