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LOUD WHISPERS: A Time To Mourn (For Nike Disu)

LOUD WHISPERS: A Time To Mourn (For Nike Disu)

To everything there is a season There is no wisdom here today Please leave now I have no words of encouragement I am in dire need myself If you are here for words to inspire I am sorry there is no desire Should you choose to stay I thank you I wish I could sing […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Defending The Indefensible

LOUD WHISPERS: Defending The Indefensible

I was having a conversation with a group of male and female middle-aged professionals recently. One of the men in the group said that feminists like me are always quick to jump to the defence of women, even when they are in the wrong. According to him, because of intense levels of advocacy against sexual […]

LOUD WHISPERS: As Political Rookies Get Ready

LOUD WHISPERS: As Political Rookies Get Ready

Last week, I attended a book reading in Abuja, an event that was organized to present Ayisha Osori’s book ‘Love does not win elections’. I am not writing a review of Ayisha’s thought provoking account of her experiences. I however urge everyone reading this to try and get a copy of this really good book […]

LOUD WHISPERS: A Conversation With Mummy

LOUD WHISPERS: A  Conversation With Mummy

BAF: You look well mummy. Lovely as always Mummy: Thank you my dear. It is good to see you again. It has been a while. BAF: I am sorry it has taken me this long to visit. I have been busy. Mummy: It is alright. You always keep in touch so that makes up for […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Stop Blaming the Victim

LOUD WHISPERS: Stop Blaming the Victim

I have a confession to make. One of my secret pleasures is reading the Fashion Court pages of Sunday Sun, one of the Nigerian national newspapers. The Fashion Court pages feature women in bizarre outfits  that provide ‘Too Much Information’. Some of the outfits are so alarming you wonder how anyone could leave the four […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Strategy Meeting

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 […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Saratu’s Wish

LOUD WHISPERS: Saratu’s Wish

Saratu could not stop staring at the lady 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 some called her ‘Dr’ or ‘Hajia’. She thought she heard the name ‘Amina’ but she was not sure. […]

A Great SHero Dances Away : Prudence Nobantu Mabele (1971-2017)

A Great SHero Dances Away : Prudence Nobantu Mabele (1971-2017)

      ‘Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now’- Audre Lourde Over the past couple of weeks, I have received the news of the loss of three very good friends. A senior friend, Professor Babatunde Osotimehin died on June 4 th at the age of 68. […]

Valar Morghulis:Ten Lessons From Game Of Thrones

Valar Morghulis:Ten Lessons From Game Of Thrones

I apologise in advance if I am about to confuse people who have no idea what Game of Thrones is. Just think about how some of us have no clue when you go on about your favourite football team. A few months ago, I was having a conversation with the son of a good friend […]

LoudWhispers : ‘There Are No Strangers Here’

LoudWhispers : ‘There Are No Strangers Here’

Brenda staggered through the streets, her eyes smarting from the smoke of the vehicles and tyres burning around her. The sounds were so loud and piercing, after a while, she did not hear them anymore. ‘Maybe this is what the end of the world feels like’ she thought as she was shoved by a screaming […]

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