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LOUD WHISPERS: The 21st Century First Lady

LOUD WHISPERS: The 21st Century First Lady

Last week, the Nigerian Governors’ Forum organised a one-day seminar for spouses of returning and incoming Governors. It is the first time the forum would organize such an event, and all the participants and observers found it very useful. Even though it is painful to think of the fact that there is not at least […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Zips and Knees

LOUD WHISPERS: Zips and Knees

Simbo: I like this statement. Listen (reads from her phone) ‘Pregnant school girls should be allowed to stay in school. Sending them away while allowing boys who impregnate them to stay is discriminatory’. Jerry: This is true, it is not right to stop the education of girls when they get pregnant. Afterall, they did not […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Busola Moment

LOUD WHISPERS: The Busola Moment

Last week, all hell was let loose when Mrs Busola Dakolo, wife of popular singer Timi Dakolo went public with her allegations that she was raped when she was 17 by Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) Church. The details she revealed in her interview were shocking and heartbreaking. Predictably, sides were […]

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: Before The Next Eulogy

LOUD WHISPERS: Before The Next Eulogy

I saw a video a few days ago, it was shown to me by one of the female lawyers who helps me deal with cases of gender based violence. It was a recording of a young woman, stark naked, bleeding and pleading, I will call her Mary. There was blood all over the bed Mary […]

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, […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Praying Or Preying?

LOUD WHISPERS: Praying Or Preying?

In 2016, I wrote an article, ‘When will ‘Servants of God’ stop preying on women and children? Five Lessons from the ‘Reverend’ Kingsley Ezeugo Saga’. Almost on a daily basis, there are reports about religious leaders abusing members of their congregation. This problem is a global one, and has been around for a long time, […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Remembering Tajudeen Abdulraheem

LOUD WHISPERS: Remembering Tajudeen Abdulraheem

On May 25th 2009, Dr Tajudeen Abdulraheem, one of the greatest thinkers, activists, Pan-African leaders and scholars of our generation died in a car accident in Nairobi, Kenya. Taju was a dear brother and friend. One of his most enduring legacies was his deep commitment to the Pan-African vision. As we celebrate May 25th, Africa […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Game Is Over (A tribute to Game of Thrones)

LOUD WHISPERS: The Game Is Over  (A tribute to Game of Thrones)

And now the watch has ended Many played the game for the throne King this Queen that One by one they fell The throne many fought over, lusted after and died for Now flows through the halls like melted wax The wheel has been broken Things are no longer the same If you thought The […]

LOUD WHISPERS : Clapping With One Hand

LOUD WHISPERS : Clapping With One Hand

I am delighted to have been asked to deliver the 5th Distinguished Guest Lecture here at the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo. I am particularly pleased that the University has chosen to devote this year’s lecture to the issue of women’s education, leadership and national development, a topic that is very close to my heart. […]

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