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LOUD WHISPERS: Psalm 91

LOUD WHISPERS: Psalm 91

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi ‘He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the almighty I will say to the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in him will I trust Surely, he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler and from the […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Disappointing The Naysayers

LOUD WHISPERS: Disappointing The Naysayers

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi I am exhausted and my feet hurt. Yesterday I spent nine hours dancing on a truck. Today it was only four and a half hours because I had to catch a flight. It was a Women’s Road show round Ekiti State to promote our candidate for the next Gubernatorial election on June 18th, […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Their Children. Our Children

LOUD WHISPERS: Their Children. Our Children

‘There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children’- Nelson Mandela. I was going through my Facebook page last week, and I came across the story of a woman in Ado-Ekiti who was living in dire circumstances. Shortly after, one of my staff members sent […]

LOUD WHISPERS: A Glossary Of Political Terms

LOUD WHISPERS: A Glossary Of Political Terms

We are now right in the middle of an intense political season. There are many women and young people who want to enter into the political arena but find it difficult to make much progress. They find things confusing and don’t know who or what to believe. They also come across a lot of new […]

LOUD WHISPERS: ‘There Are No Strangers Here’

LOUD WHISPERS: ‘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: Rivers Of Blood

LOUD WHISPERS: Rivers Of Blood

Malomo looked at the young man sitting before him and thought about how to respond to his request. This was not the first one to come to him, asking for a money charm. Malomo learnt the arts of divination, healing and the use of herbs from when he was a young boy of six. His […]

LOUD WHISPERS: In Dire Need of Scapegoats

LOUD WHISPERS: In Dire Need of Scapegoats

In November 2018, I wrote an article about the death of Ochanya Ogbanje after many years of abuse at the hands of her Uncle, his son, and her Aunt who acted as an enabler. Due to the huge outcry when it happened, I had hoped that Ochanya would get justice and her death would not […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Living Dangerously

LOUD WHISPERS: Living Dangerously

In the year 2020, during the COVID19 lockdowns, I got a call from an NGO working with young people in Nigeria. Someone had contacted them to draw attention to the plight of a female student in a tertiary institution who was being blackmailed by one of her classmates. She had been manipulated into sending nude […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Before The Next Eulogy

LOUD WHISPERS: Before The Next Eulogy

A few years ago, I wrote a Loud Whispers essay called ‘Before the Next Eulogy’. It was about breaking the culture of enablement around gender-based violence. The recent death of the talented gospel singer Osinachi Nwachukwu after years of domestic violence is so painful because of its predictability. My maternal grandfather was known as a […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Anger In Four Parts

LOUD WHISPERS: Anger In Four Parts

I am angry. On a scale of one to ten, my anger is a twenty. I am furious, irate, enraged, any word you can think of that gets the message across. I have often written and spoken about Anger as being a necessary ingredient for motivation. My use of the word Anger in this context […]

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