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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 […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Check Your Privilege

LOUD WHISPERS: Check Your Privilege

I used to be on the board of an organisation based in the United States which had board members from around the world. We once 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 […]

The Breaker Of Shackles: Oluwaseyi Gabrielle Ojo (1979-2019)

The Breaker Of Shackles:  Oluwaseyi Gabrielle Ojo (1979-2019)

  I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own. These words from the late Audre Lourde, African-American poet and activist, have served not only as a passionate statement from an individual feminist activist, over the years, they have become a warning and reality check […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Jerusalem

LOUD WHISPERS: Jerusalem

In my book ‘Speaking for Myself: Perspectives on Social, Political and Feminist Activism in Africa’ (2013) there is an essay called ‘Celebrating Brenda Fassie’. In the essay, I described how, some years ago, I was at the Music Moods record store at the Johannesburg airport in South Africa. As I was browsing through the stacks […]

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: Desperate To Keep Girls In School

LOUD WHISPERS: Desperate To Keep Girls In School

Recently, I have been involved in advocacy in Ekiti State on strategies to keep girls in school. The trends in Girl-Child education across Africa at the moment indicate that enrolment levels are way up than where they were years ago, but a common problem is retention of girls in school. Even where education is free, […]

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: A Prayer For My Country

LOUD WHISPERS:  A Prayer For My Country

As my country marks another year of independence I say a prayer of hope As I flip through newspapers, switch channels and read one WhatsApp post after the other Almost all bearing tales of woe and gloom I say a prayer for peace As normal activities every where else become abnormal in my country As […]

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