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LOUD WHISPERS: The List

LOUD WHISPERS: The List

I am a big fan of the American drama series Scandal.  Shonda Rhimes, the brilliant writer and producer of Scandal, is well known for using her shows to run a commentary on social and political issues. Ms Rhimes is so revered by ABC studios where she has produced shows which include Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and […]

LOUD WHISPERS: A Mother’s Pain

LOUD WHISPERS: A Mother’s Pain

There is this saying, ‘You can’t dance at two weddings’. It is meant to emphasise the fact that it is hard to perform more than one task at a time. Apparently, those who coined this saying are not Nigerians. Yesterday, I literally danced at three weddings in two different cities. However, there is a price […]

LOUD WHISPERS: We Are Still Here

LOUD WHISPERS: We Are Still Here

                  (In commemoration of International Women’s Day, March 8th)   Please don’t look for us, we are not lost We have not been stolen away We are still here Even when they came for so many of us And shoved us into the deep belly of the devil There are still enough of us left […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Beneath The Surface

LOUD WHISPERS: Beneath The Surface

A few days ago, I was at a recording for a TV program. The first part of the show was an interview with the anchor about my book ‘Loud Whispers’, and we also talked about current issues affecting Nigerian women. The anchor had invited two young women to join us for the second segment. It […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Her Name Is Fezekile

LOUD WHISPERS: Her Name Is Fezekile

In November 2005, a young woman who became known as ‘Khwezi’, accused then South African Deputy-President Jacob Zuma of rape. The alleged rape had taken place at Jacob Zuma’s residence where young Khwezi was spending the night as a house guest. Khwezi’s father had been Jacob Zuma’s colleague in Umkhonto we Zizwe (MK) the military […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Where is Your ‘Cape Point’?

LOUD WHISPERS: Where is Your ‘Cape Point’?

I am a very poor tourist. This might sound a bit strange coming from me, because I am quite adventurous and curious about the world. I love to see new places, sights and sounds. I am a recovering shopaholic and a notorious curator of a range of items specific to certain countries or regions of […]

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 […]