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LOUD WHISPERS: Saratu’s Wish

LOUD WHISPERS: Saratu’s Wish

Saratu could not stop staring at the woman who was speaking. She was not sure what her name was because people kept calling her different things. Some called her “Her Excellency”, some addressed her as “Madam” and others called her “Doctor” or “Hajia”. She thought she heard the name “Amina”, but she was not sure. […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Glory And Lollipop

LOUD WHISPERS: Glory And Lollipop

Part 1 Wednesday October 28th Glory: Pls I want 2 speak with d governor BAF: This is not his number Glory: But u are close to him BAF: Please what do you want to tell him? Glory: Please help me 2 tell him 2 pay civil servant salary especially d health service so that my […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Where Is Your Wrapper? – One Year Later

LOUD WHISPERS: Where Is Your Wrapper? – One Year Later

It has been three years since I published ‘Loud Whispers’ a collection of weekly essays I write for my online column of the same name on my website Above Whispers.com. I started Above Whispers in February 2016, to produce meaningful content for information, awareness raising and reflections on the social justice and the critical role […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Make A Choice. Take A Stand.

LOUD WHISPERS: Make A Choice. Take A Stand.

I just got off the phone from talking to a good friend, and she told me that for the past one week she has felt numb and listless. She spoke about a sense of loss and despair. She described her feeling in one word – depressed. I listened, encouraged her and we both prayed for […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Speak Up! Speak Out!

LOUD WHISPERS: Speak Up! Speak Out!

All they want is to be heard All they want is for us to listen All they want is to show us their visible and invisible scars All they want is to drive nice cars if they can afford them Wear nice clothes if they can buy them Carry a laptop if they have one […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Empowered Girls = Powerful Women

LOUD WHISPERS:  Empowered Girls = Powerful Women

I am delighted to have been asked by Oxfam-Nigeria to deliver this lecture, My Voice, Our Equal Future, which is the theme of this year’s  International Day of the Girl Child 2020. It is heartwarming to have a day set aside to reflect on the present and future of girls regardless of their context or […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Sheila’s Blues

LOUD WHISPERS: Sheila’s Blues

Years ago, I coordinated a documentary project with five other people. It involved shooting footage in six African countries over a period of two weeks. One of the crew members, let me call her Sheila, was married to another member of the team, I will call him David. Obviously, something was wrong with their marriage. […]

LOUD WHISPERS: A Prayer For My Country

LOUD WHISPERS: A Prayer For My Country

As my country marks 60 years of independence I say a prayer of hope As I flip through newspapers, switch channels And read one WhatsApp post and Facebook rant after the other Sometimes unable to discern fact from fiction Real news from fake Almost all bearing tales of woe, gloom, disaster and score settling I […]

LOUD WHISPERS: A Day Will Come

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 […]

LOUD WHISPERS: If Only

LOUD WHISPERS: If Only

  If only Boma had understood how wrong it was for her boyfriend of just one month to yell at her. In public. She had met Sam at a cocktail organised by the chambers where she worked. Sam worked for one of the top banks and he ticked the right boxes – handsome, charming, good […]

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