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LOUD WHISPERS: Desperate To Keep Girls In School

LOUD WHISPERS: Desperate To Keep Girls In School

Recently, I have been involved in advocacy in Ekiti State on strategies to keep girls in school. The trends in Girl-Child education across Africa at the moment indicate that enrolment levels are way up than where they were years ago, but a common problem is retention of girls in school. Even where education is free, […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Shaping The Future: Strategizing To Win

LOUD WHISPERS: Shaping The Future: Strategizing To Win

I am particularly pleased to be speaking to the theme of this year’s conference: Shaping the Future: Strategising to Win’. I have just returned from Addis Ababa, where I went to attend the UN Economic Commission for Africa and Africa Union Regional Preparatory Conference for Beijing plus 25, which will review global progress at the […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Where Is Your Wrapper?

LOUD WHISPERS: Where Is Your Wrapper?

I was in Uganda a few years ago for one of the programs we used to run at the African Women’s Leadership Institute. One day, there was a report about something that had happened in one of the local markets. One of the women in the market went into labour unexpectedly. It seemed there was […]

LOUD WHISPERS: JKF2: Restoring Values, Enhancing Impact

LOUD WHISPERS: JKF2: Restoring Values, Enhancing Impact

My vision for our great State is that this is a place where people can thrive and live their lives in dignity. A place where workers do not labour in vain. A place where our young people do not roam the streets looking for jobs that are not there, a place where people are not […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Colour Pink

LOUD WHISPERS: The Colour Pink

It probably all started with an innocent fondness of former US First Lady Maime Eisenhower for the colour pink. It was said she loved pink so much that she wore it at every opportunity, including a pink gown with 2,000 pink rhinestones for her husband’s inauguration, and he in turn sent her pink flowers every […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Red Tomatoes

LOUD WHISPERS: Red Tomatoes

Sharon did not know how long she had been asleep for. She listened to the voices of the nurses in her room and the sounds of the medicine cart they were wheeling around. One of the nurses asked her if she would like to eat anything. She shook her head, but the nurse reminded her […]

LOUD WHISPERS: A Prayer For My Country

LOUD WHISPERS:  A Prayer For My Country

As my country marks another year of independence I say a prayer of hope As I flip through newspapers, switch channels and read one WhatsApp post after the other Almost all bearing tales of woe and gloom I say a prayer for peace As normal activities every where else become abnormal in my country As […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Red Tomatoes

LOUD WHISPERS: Red Tomatoes

Sharon did not know how long she had been asleep for. She listened to the voices of the nurses in her room and the sounds of the medicine cart they were wheeling around. One of the nurses asked her if she would like to eat anything. She shook her head, but the nurse reminded her […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Setting The Record Straight

LOUD WHISPERS: Setting The Record Straight

On Monday September 9th, I began the Obirinkete Tour, for the purposes of advocacy, community engagement and empowerment in all the sixteen local governments of Ekiti State. The first two visits on Monday went according to plan -hugely successful and peaceful. On Tuesday September 10th we were billed to visit three local governments – Moba, […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Library Card

LOUD WHISPERS: The Library Card

It has been thirty-three years since I borrowed a library card From a shy, handsome, gap-toothed classmate He came to my University for a degree He left with his degree and something else Three years later we walked down the aisle A simple beautiful ceremony in London The dress was from Debenhams The suit was […]

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