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LOUD WHISPERS: Some Lessons Daddy Taught Me

LOUD WHISPERS: Some Lessons Daddy Taught Me

I have written about my relationship with my father a number of times. People say fathers have a special bond with their daughters, perhaps this is because a father is the first male role model you have. Most of your relationships with men, for better or for worse, are defined by the kind of experience […]

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 […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Tears For The Victim. Cheers For The Survivor.

LOUD WHISPERS: Tears For The Victim. Cheers For The Survivor.

As she lost consciousness on the doomed Sosoliso flight on December 10th 2005, Kechi Okwuchi went into a deep void. She did not know exactly what had happened till she woke up in her hospital bed in Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg. Her condition was so bad that she had to be placed in an induced coma. […]

The Rare Diamond: A Tribute To Gloria Ogunbadejo At Sixty

The Rare Diamond: A Tribute To Gloria Ogunbadejo At Sixty

Many times, we wonder why it takes the finality of death for people to get the appreciation they so richly deserve. Perhaps it is because in death, all sins are forgiven and achievements are extolled over and over, all so we can give the dearly departed a befitting send off. Today I am delighted to […]

LOUD WHISPERS: As We Begin The Ramadan Season

LOUD WHISPERS: As We Begin The Ramadan Season

Three years ago, I was at a Yoruba traditional engagement ceremony in Lagos. What used to be a beautiful ceremony full of symbolism, traditional music and poetry performances, overseen by those who have the required experience as women of the household, has now been turned over to commercial hands. With varying degrees of knowledge and […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Over Dinner

LOUD WHISPERS:  Over Dinner

Pat: I am so glad we could do this at last Jemike: It seems there are never enough hours in the day Pat: How was General’s funeral? Jemike: It went very well. It was as grand as we all knew it would be. Security was very tight. My Aunt and I drove up to the […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Revenge Of The Older Woman

LOUD WHISPERS: Revenge Of The Older Woman

When Emmanuel Macron, the President-Elect of France won his election in a landslide on May 7th 2017, much of the focus was not on the politics which threw up such a massive victory for him and his party. It was about the twenty-four year age difference between the handsome 39 year old President-Elect and his […]