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The Ultimate Backlash: A Feminist Perspective on Sex Dolls

The Ultimate Backlash: A Feminist Perspective on Sex Dolls

Last year, I watched a short in-flight documentary about a young man in Japan whose sole companion is a life-sized doll. He was shown having meals with the doll, watching TV and lying in bed with it. Up to that point, I found his behavior eccentric and not necessarily creepy, until his mother showed up […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Free Readers Association

LOUD WHISPERS: Free Readers Association

Joe: Oga Steven good morning o. How you de? Steven: I dey well well, thank you Oga Joseph. How family? Joe: Heh, we de manage jare. (Picking up a newspaper). ‘President Olusegun Obasanjo advises President Buhari against a second term’. Na wa o. See dis Baba done come again. He done write anoda letter! Benson: […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Hanging Out With ‘Seenagers’.

LOUD WHISPERS: Hanging Out With ‘Seenagers’.

Last week I was in Liberia for four days, to attend some events put together to bid farewell to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. I was initially reluctant to go to Liberia, because I had just returned from the US and was looking forward to getting some work done. The emails and WhatsApp messages kept coming from […]

LOUD WHISPERS: My Prophecies for 2018

LOUD WHISPERS: My Prophecies for 2018

In January last year, I wrote an article called Prophecies and Common Sense. It was basically a rant against fake prophets and their prophecies who show up at this time of the year. A friend of mine jokingly asked a few days ago if I would be making any prophecies for 2018 since this is […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Letter To A Five Star General

LOUD WHISPERS: Letter To A Five Star General

My dear sister Oby, Damn, it is cold here!  The kind of cold that makes you scream ‘Chaiiiiiii!’ It has been a long time since I felt this cold. Even the cold weather in New York where you and I have met every February/March for over twenty years at the UN Commission on the Status […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Be Better. Do Better.

LOUD WHISPERS: Be Better. Do Better.

Happy New Year dear friends. I spent Christmas in our hometown at Isan-Ekiti, Ekiti State. In spite of the many hassles of putting the ‘logistics’ (money, food, gifts and so on) in place for Christmas in the community, I like being at home during the festive season. Amongst other things, it gives me an opportunity […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Where Has The Year Gone?

LOUD WHISPERS: Where Has The Year Gone?

If you borrow money in January And promise to pay back in June Be sure to remember that time is slippery The year goes whistling by June comes and you have excuses Bad business, late salary, school fees, father sick Regardless of how many times your chickens cross the road The year barrels on December […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Checking Privilege

LOUD WHISPERS: Checking Privilege

I am part of an organisation based in the United States which has board members drawn from around the world. A few months ago, we had a session at one of our board meetings about privilege, and as part of the preparation for the session, we were asked to do some online exercises on the […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Grandma’s Whisper

LOUD WHISPERS: Grandma’s Whisper

A few months ago, I wrote about how my very old grandmother sent for me because she wanted to pray for me. This was one of the things she was doing to put her affairs in order, she had received her ‘boarding pass’ and was waiting to ‘board her flight’. In the article, I said […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Equals of the Slave Masters

LOUD WHISPERS: The Equals of the Slave Masters

‘Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves’, Abraham Lincoln.   The headlines are unrelenting: ‘Woman docked for locking maid in the toilet for 20 days’ ‘Woman called out for burning 10-year-old housemaid with hot iron’ ‘Police arrest madam who brutalized maid, cuts her hand with hand saw’ ‘Woman sentenced to 4years […]