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LOUD WHISPERS: The Lecture

LOUD WHISPERS: The Lecture

On behalf of all of us at the University of Menge, I would like to thank Dr Kafria Mentil for honouring us with her presence today and for delivering such an informative and exciting lecture on ‘Preparing for Transformative Leadership’. The floor is now open for questions. My name is Joseph Karimi. I am a […]

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 […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Twenty Good Books To Read

LOUD WHISPERS: Twenty Good Books To Read

April 23rd is International Book Day. For those who are always ‘too busy’, ‘too tired’, or ‘too distracted’ to read a book from page one to the end, this is a time for you to reflect on what you are missing. To mark International Book Day last year, I wrote about ‘Thirty of my faovurite […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Let’s Talk About Sex

LOUD WHISPERS:  Let’s Talk About Sex

A response to Sonnie Ekwowusi’s ‘Sexualisation of Children: Matters Arising’. Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi On Wednesday April 12th, Sonnie Ekwuwosi wrote an article that was published in This Day Nigeria newspaper called ‘Sexualization of Children: Matters Arising’. It did not come as a surprise to me because he has been frantically circulating his sensationalist claims about adolescent […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Debt We All Owe

LOUD WHISPERS: The Debt We All Owe

We all know about the life-long debt we owe. We pray, spend money, get lucky , treat, and tip toe around it throughout our lives. Yet the debt collector is very patient, knowing that one day the inevitable will happen. The arrival of death triggers reactions relative to the person concerned. Some deaths cause profound […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Let Us Pay Attention

LOUD WHISPERS: Let Us Pay Attention

When I was young, there was a family who lived close to us on our street in the Fadeyi area of Lagos.  I will call the man of the family Mr Benson. He had a wife, Mrs Remi Benson. When they first arrived on our street, Mr Benson had a motorbike, and his wife would […]

LOUD WHISPERS: John’s Café

LOUD WHISPERS: John’s Café

There is a very busy diner in New York on 2nd Avenue known as John’s Café. I started visiting John’s in the 1990s when my late older friend Joana Foster, who passed away recently, introduced me to the place. John’s is very close to the United Nations, so this means whenever I attend the annual […]

LOUD WHISPERS: March 8th Bandwagon

LOUD WHISPERS: March 8th Bandwagon

When I was working with Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), an international development organisation for African women based in London (AMwA has since relocated to Uganda), my job entailed developing programs to support African women living in the UK. Whilst the focus of our work was advocacy and influencing policy, we did a fair amount […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Big Brother Naija: 7 Matters Arising

LOUD WHISPERS: Big Brother Naija: 7 Matters Arising

Big Brother is an international reality TV show that was created as an experimental  game  to see how human beings would relate to each other if kept sequestered for an extended period of time, usually up to three months, having minimal contact with the outside world. Over the years, the results have ranged from hilarious […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Value Of What Is Ours

LOUD WHISPERS: The Value Of What Is Ours

In December 2006, I attended a Ford Foundation philanthropy retreat in Bahia, Brazil. My first visit to Brazil was in 2004 to attend a conference in Rio de Janeiro, and even though I enjoyed the experience, I felt I had missed something by not being able to go up to Bahia which has strong African […]