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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 […]

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 […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Our Girls Now Wear Spanx To School

LOUD WHISPERS: Our Girls Now Wear Spanx To School

  In honour of Michale Matthew Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi   Our girls now wear Spanx to school Not one, but two, even three pairs of Spanx It is not that they are fat Their tummies are still flat Chinua Achebe told us that ever since men learnt to shoot without missing Eneke the bird learnt how […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Ten Reasons Why We Need A West African Jollof Rice Institute

LOUD WHISPERS: Ten Reasons Why We Need A West African Jollof Rice Institute

The ‘Jollof Rice’ debate has been raging for quite some time now. This simple dish made with rice, tomatoes and spices, which can be found in several West African countries and the African Diaspora, has become the subject of hilarious rows. The controversy took an unexpected international turn last week when the  CNN anchor Richard […]