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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 […]

Bisi Fayemi, Loud and Clear!

The favourite saying of my late mother was, ‘Ai le soro, ni bere ori buruku’ which translates into, ‘a closed mouth precedes closed destiny’. That much can be glimpsed from the philosophical underpinning of the writings of Mrs Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi which, according to her, derives from a conversation she once had with a grieving friend. […]

The Pulse Of Girl Child In ‘Loud Whispers’

The size and quality of the audience at the Civic Centre on Victoria Island that Sunday evening underscored the appreciation of the message in the literary offering that was about to be unveiled. Indeed, Loud Whispers by Mrs Bisi Adeleye Fayemi, gender activist and wife of the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode […]

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 […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Letter To A Five Star General

LOUD WHISPERS: Letter To A Five Star General

My dear sister Oby, Damn, it is cold here!  The kind of cold that makes you scream ‘Chaiiiiiii!’ It has been a long time since I felt this cold. Even the cold weather in New York where you and I have met every February/March for over twenty years at the UN Commission on the Status […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Be Better. Do Better.

LOUD WHISPERS: Be Better. Do Better.

Happy New Year dear friends. I spent Christmas in our hometown at Isan-Ekiti, Ekiti State. In spite of the many hassles of putting the ‘logistics’ (money, food, gifts and so on) in place for Christmas in the community, I like being at home during the festive season. Amongst other things, it gives me an opportunity […]

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