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Again Many Male Senators Resist Inclusion of Gender Equality in Nigerian Constitution

Again Many Male Senators Resist Inclusion of Gender Equality in Nigerian Constitution

The Nigerian lawmaker have again resisted the inclusion of gender parity in the constitution by voting to oppose it on Tuesday. Similarly, the eighth Senate in 2017 also rejected a bill that sought 35 per cent affirmative action for women as ministers.   The voting was also done by a voice vote, thus making it […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Dance and Let Dance

LOUD WHISPERS: Dance and Let Dance

Dance and let dance You own your rythm Live and let live Your life is your own Eat and let eat As long as it is your food Sleep and let sleep As long as it is with your eyes Why not Dance and let dance? What quarrel should I have with your legs? Your […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Husband Material

LOUD WHISPERS: Husband Material

Valentines Day is here, and in the spirit of the season, here is an old essay I wrote in 2017. I received an email from a young man who claimed I was always championing the cause of women, and he wanted to know, ‘What advice do you have for men? I am getting married soon […]

What Two Girls Taught Me About Love and Hatred

I love children, anyone close to me enough knows I do, and I respect them a lot. In fact, my plan is to have 1000 children when God’s kingdom comes—what will I be using my energies for then, when everything will be perfect! However, 2 girls ages 6 and 4 as at 2019 (I hope […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Strategy Room

LOUD WHISPERS: The Strategy Room

Amele: This is unbelievable! How did this happen? When will these lawmakers stop treating us like second-class citizens? Making us beg for rights that should rightfully be ours? How come they can’t make a connection between the low status of women and the inability of our country to meet any of its development goals? How […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Shaping The Future: Strategizing To Win

LOUD WHISPERS: Shaping The Future: Strategizing To Win

I am particularly pleased to be speaking to the theme of this year’s conference: Shaping the Future: Strategising to Win’. I have just returned from Addis Ababa, where I went to attend the UN Economic Commission for Africa and Africa Union Regional Preparatory Conference for Beijing plus 25, which will review global progress at the […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Where Is Your Wrapper?

LOUD WHISPERS: Where Is Your Wrapper?

I was in Uganda a few years ago for one of the programs we used to run at the African Women’s Leadership Institute. One day, there was a report about something that had happened in one of the local markets. One of the women in the market went into labour unexpectedly. It seemed there was […]

LOUD WHISPERS: JKF2: Restoring Values, Enhancing Impact

LOUD WHISPERS: JKF2: Restoring Values, Enhancing Impact

My vision for our great State is that this is a place where people can thrive and live their lives in dignity. A place where workers do not labour in vain. A place where our young people do not roam the streets looking for jobs that are not there, a place where people are not […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Great ‘Stiwanist’

LOUD WHISPERS: The Great ‘Stiwanist’

Professor Omolara Ogundipe-Leslie (1940-2019) For the past couple of days, there have been heated arguments for and against the actions of a certain young man on a domestic flight in Nigeria. The young man in question found out that his assigned window seat in business class was occupied by the almost mythical Professor Wole Soyinka. […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Carrying And Dropping Bags

LOUD WHISPERS: Carrying And Dropping Bags

As I celebrate my 56th birthday today, June 11th, I give gratitude to God Almighty. I have so many reasons to be grateful. I am grateful for my beloved husband, my amazing son, my siblings, my wonderful mother who is enjoying the fruits of her labour and my health. I am grateful for the nieces, […]

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