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LOUD WHISPERS: Even The Devil Should Be Ashamed

LOUD WHISPERS: Even The Devil Should Be Ashamed

Even the Devil himself would be ashamed at some of the things that have been done in his name lately.  When murderers and sexual predators are caught, they often claim that ‘it is the devil’s work’. Perhaps it is time for the devil to start issuing disclaimers. The devil now seems to have authorised a […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Timelessness Of Scandal

LOUD WHISPERS: The Timelessness Of Scandal

I just came across a video and story of how a man somewhere in Ghana was making advances on a sixteen-year-old school girl on a public bus. The girl was trying to avoid him but he was persistent. There were two older women on the bus listening. When they had heard enough, they asked the […]

LOUD WHISPERS: My Christmas Gift

LOUD WHISPERS: My Christmas Gift

I have not written for almost three months now. It is the longest break I have taken from writing since 2016 when I started the Loud Whispers column for my Above Whispers website. I did not make a conscious decision to take a break, it just happened. On October 5th, I lost a very good […]

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: A Prayer For My Country

LOUD WHISPERS:                                     A Prayer For My Country

Every year, at this time, I say a prayer 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 and Facebook rant after the other Sometimes unable to discern fact from fiction Real news from fake Almost all bearing […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Peace

LOUD WHISPERS: Peace

In July 2000, I spent one week in Monrovia, Liberia. It felt like three months. I was based in London at the time, working with AMwA, an international development organization for African women. We established an African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI) in 1996 which I have written about a number of times here. The AWLI […]

The Twenty-Six-Year-Old Speech: ‘Building A New House’

The Twenty-Six-Year-Old Speech: ‘Building A New House’

In August 1995, I attended the United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing. I took part in many activities at Beijing, the highlight was addressing one of the daily plenaries at the NGO Forum with a packed audience of thousands of women. This is the speech I gave at a plenary on diversity in […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Shalaye Olympics

LOUD WHISPERS: Shalaye Olympics

This essay has nothing to do with the recently concluded summer Olympics in Japan. It is about a slang I picked up from young people, something used to describe a lengthy process of explaining things – ‘Shalaye’ in Yoruba means ‘to explain’. I suppose ‘Shalaye Olympics’ can be interpreted to mean doing 100, 200, 400 […]

LOUD WHISPERS : Living Dangerously

LOUD WHISPERS : Living Dangerously

Last year, 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 images of […]

LOUD WHISPERS: When One Violation Is Not Enough

LOUD WHISPERS:  When One Violation Is Not Enough

I am angry, frustrated, tired, and I feel sick. One of my security aides has been arrested for rape. I have known him for over ten years, so he is not a stranger who just joined my team. I have written in the past about three kinds of children. The ones you train well and […]

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