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LOUD WHISPERS: What Are You Thankful For?

LOUD WHISPERS:  What Are You Thankful For?

As I was thinking about what to write for Loud Whispers this week, I was determined that it would not be any ‘gripe writing’. There is so much negativity going around locally, nationally and internationally, that anxiety, anger and sadness has been normalized. It is difficult to summon up positive energy when all you hear […]

LOUD WHISPERS: ‘Whose Child Is This?’

LOUD WHISPERS: ‘Whose Child Is This?’

A few days ago, a video and photographs appeared on Facebook, posted by a Nigerian teenager who calls herself ‘Teddy Skitt’. The photographs were of Teddy and her boyfriend, with a towel wrapped around their chests, the message from Teddy read, ‘Good morning. Boo made my night. I love u baby’. Teddy did not look […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Brexit Blues

LOUD WHISPERS: Brexit Blues

As a little girl growing up in Liverpool, England where I was born, it did not occur to me that I did not belong there. There was a large community of black people in Liverpool, from Africa and the Caribbean. Majority of the Africans there were students, who also worked in order to put themselves […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Speech Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi Should Have Given In The United States

LOUD WHISPERS:  The Speech Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi Should Have Given In The United States

Towards the end of last week, Ope Oriniowo, our Content Editor at Above Whispers rushed over to me with his phone. He wanted to show me a recording of Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi, the wife of His Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife, making remarks at an Emerging Women’s Forum in Maryland, United States. I listened […]

LOUD WHISPERS: My Birthday Gift

LOUD WHISPERS: My Birthday Gift

Once upon a time, there was a kingdom called Itoro. The Itoro kingdom had a strange problem. None of the kings they coronated lasted more than six years on the throne. It seemed as if the kingdom was always in mourning. According to the traditions of the kingdom, markets had to be closed for forty […]

LOUD WHISPERS: As We Begin The Ramadan Season

LOUD WHISPERS: As We Begin The Ramadan Season

Two years ago I was at a traditional engagement ceremony in Lagos.  The couple were from Yoruba families, so I could simply have said it was a Yoruba engagement ceremony. However, since a lot has been changed and modified over the years, what passes for an engagement ceremony according to Yoruba tradition is now a […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Before The Next Eulogy

LOUD WHISPERS: Before The Next Eulogy

My maternal grandfather, late Pa Omitusa Awoseye was known as a man of principle, not to be trifled with. As a successful farmer from Ilara-Mokin, near Akure in Ondo State, his opinion mattered in his community. He had a large family of three wives and many children – Yoruba etiquette frowns on counting a man’s […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Amina and A Story Of Survival

LOUD WHISPERS: Amina and A Story Of Survival

In December 2008, I attended a forum in Nairobi, Kenya, which had been convened to discuss appropriate support programs for survivors of violent conflict. The participants were mostly women’s rights activists and gender specialists from post/current conflict countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe. On the delegations from each […]

LOUD WHISPERS: ‘How Can I Be A Good Husband?’: Ten Suggestions

LOUD WHISPERS: ‘How Can I Be A Good Husband?’: Ten Suggestions

I did not want to write about marriage this week. In light of the fact that International Day of Families falls on May 15th, and the day will be marked throughout the week,  I have decided to address an email from a young man who read my last article on Loud Whispers, ‘Then and Now’. […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Then and Now

LOUD WHISPERS: Then and Now

Traditional Rulers Then: Any qualified Prince could indicate an interest in the throne and the oracle had the final say. Now: The oracle picks from a shortlist of Tycoons, Lawyers, Academics and retired service men. Unemployed or poor Princes need not apply.  Time Then: The sun indicated day and when the moon rose it was […]