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LOUD WHISPERS: The Mothers’ Union Meeting

LOUD WHISPERS: The Mothers’ Union Meeting

Mrs Nebadi: We thank God for the success of this month’s meeting. Before we close, is there any other business? Yes, Mrs Williams, you have the floor. Mrs Williams: I am sure you would have all heard about the directive from Living Souls Church to their members, advising young couples to undergo genital testing before […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Princess Diana’s True Legacy

LOUD WHISPERS: Princess Diana’s True Legacy

When Princess Diana Spencer died on August 31st 1997, there were two events that broke the hearts of millions watching reports of the demise of ‘the People’s Princess’. The first was the sight of her two sons, Princes William and Harry being driven to church early on September 1st, the Sunday morning after the death […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Day After

LOUD WHISPERS: The Day After

Let me first of all apologise for my late postings over the past couple of weeks. There has been a lot going on. For those of you who have been following political events recently you would have heard that my husband Dr John Kayode Fayemi (JKF) is running for Governor of Ekiti State again. The […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Letter To A Former Friend

LOUD WHISPERS: Letter To A Former Friend

My dear former friend, I hope all is well with you. I am writing this letter to you very reluctantly, but I believe that with every passing day that I cling to silence, there will be more damage done. I am conflicted because I am not sure if I should address you as ‘Friend’ or […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Hillary and Chimamanda Conversation

LOUD WHISPERS: The Hillary and Chimamanda Conversation

Recently, there was a storm in a teacup over a question posed by the brilliant writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to Hillary Clinton, over Hillary’s use of ‘Wife’ as the first word on her Twitter bio. I read a lot of comments in support of the question and many against it, with people calling Chimamanda all […]

LOUD WHISPERS: When There Are No Words

LOUD WHISPERS: When There Are No Words

Friday April 20th 2018 was one of the worst days of my life. A very close friend of mine lost her 27 year-old daughter the same day she was burying her 98 year old father. We had all gathered to celebrate the life of a wonderful man who had spent all his life raising generations […]

Nomzamo: A Tribute to Winnie Nomzamo Madizikela Mandela

Nomzamo: A Tribute to Winnie Nomzamo Madizikela Mandela

The first time I saw Winnie Nomzamo Madizikela-Mandela in person was at the 1995 UN Women’s conference in Beijing, China. She attended the NGO Forum in Huairou, and even though there were scores of sessions running simultaneously with event organisers competing for the attention of thousands of delegates, it was no surprise that the sessions […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Grandma’s Funeral

LOUD WHISPERS: Grandma’s Funeral

My voice has gone.  My feet hurt so badly. People are talking to me and I am nodding my head but I can’t hear a word of what they are saying. I have a four-hour drive ahead of me because I have to make it to Lagos no matter how late it is. There is […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Dog Trainers

LOUD WHISPERS: The Dog Trainers

Joke: Hi ladies, I am sorry I am late. Have you ordered? Tammy: No, we were just about to. Hope you are okay? Joke: No, I am not alright. I feel terrible. I had another argument with Ben this morning. Shewa: What about again? When will you two stop fighting? Joke: It is Ben and […]

LOUD WHISPERS : Jallo’s Secret

LOUD WHISPERS : Jallo’s Secret

Once upon a time, there was a blacksmith called Jallo who was famous all over the land for his smithing skills. People came from far and near to seek him out. He had a number of young apprentices from nearby villages learning the trade from him.  Jallo was a rather strict man but he was […]