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LOUD WHISPERS: Five Things That Made Me Happy Last Week

LOUD WHISPERS: Five Things That Made Me Happy Last Week

There is always so much bad news locally and internationally, one cannot help but be jaded by it all. Everyday there is someone who has been murdered, raped, kidnapped. Money has been looted (with looters conveniently not found or walking free), accidents happen on death traps which pass for roads, people waste away due to […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Dear Diary

LOUD WHISPERS: Dear Diary

Monday November 6th I have been in San Francisco for the past two days to attend the Global Fund for Women (GFW) board meeting. Today we met at Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco. One of our board members is a senior executive at Twitter, and she offered to host our public event and reception planned […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The ‘Others’

LOUD WHISPERS: The ‘Others’

For the past couple of days, I have been thinking a lot about our processes of socialization and how we construct myths and stereotypes based on what we believe we know, what we have been taught and the ‘truths’ we claim. There are things we are taught when we are young about ‘others’ that takes […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Being Present

LOUD WHISPERS: Being Present

I could not stop jumping up and down last week Wednesday when I got a WhatsApp message on my phone. I stared at the images over and over and kept jumping, laughing, almost screaming in my excitement. The message was a set of images from the printing press where my new book ‘Loud Whispers’ was […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Great Debate

LOUD WHISPERS: The Great Debate

The Motion: The Older Generation Have Failed To Provide Leadership. It Is Time for Younger People to Take Charge.   For the motion: Ms Jenny Kempte Mr Sonny Weta Mr Peter Mandete Against the motion: Chief Pelumi James Dr Fanta Iyohen Senator Victor Majomi Moderator: Ms Kafria Wenge   Moderator: Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Hunting The Hunter

LOUD WHISPERS: Hunting The Hunter

I would like to first apologise for the delay in posting this week’s Loud Whispers. I usually finish the first draft of my articles by Saturday evening, then I give it a few more reads and make corrections till it is time to post on Sunday night. I was very pleased with myself that I […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Red Tomatoes

LOUD WHISPERS: Red Tomatoes

 Sharon did not know how long she had been asleep for.  She listened to the voices of the nurses in her room and the sounds of the medicine cart they were wheeling around. One of the nurses asked her if she would like to eat anything. She shook her head, but the nurse reminded her […]

NIGERIA@57: Love, Hate or Confused

NIGERIA@57: Love, Hate or Confused

Nigeria is an awesome country. It is a place of rich history, endless opportunity, amazing resilience with an inexplicable capacity to absorb shocks that have splintered many a nation. As Nigeria marks its 57th year of independence from British colonial rule, here are 57 things that make you love or hate Nigeria, or simply leave […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Death of Shame and Compassion

LOUD WHISPERS: The Death of Shame and Compassion

Recently, after the death of a good friend of mine had been announced, my attention was drawn to comments on one of the popular websites. Whilst there was some outpouring of sympathy, I was appalled at the remarks of people speculating on how my friend died, what/who could have been ‘responsible’ and so on.  My […]

LOUDWHISPERS: Pythons Do Not Dance

LOUDWHISPERS: Pythons Do Not Dance

When my son was young, if I returned from a work trip, he would pester me for details of where I had been and what happened there. There was one story in particular that became his absolute favourite. Anytime he wanted to amuse himself, or get himself out of trouble, he would say, ‘Mummy, please […]

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