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LOUD WHISPERS: May Your Seat Not Be Empty

LOUD WHISPERS: May Your Seat Not Be Empty

There is a time of the year when I become quite apprehensive and agitated. During this period, I play all kinds of scenarios in my mind, and I find it difficult to concentrate. It is the time of the year when I have to do my medical checks. As we grow older, the things to […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Obsession With Women’s Bodies

LOUD WHISPERS: The Obsession With Women’s Bodies

I was in a store recently, looking for clothes for one of my little God-daughters. I was appalled at what was on offer. Why does a clothing range for 10-12-year olds look like the same as the one for adults? I wondered. Is a ten-year-old supposed to display cleavage? In most cultures of the world, […]

LOUD WHISPERS: My Prophecies for 2019

LOUD WHISPERS: My Prophecies for 2019

For those who may not know, I have a thriving business on the side. I am an acclaimed Prophetess with a remarkable track record of success. If you have not heard of my ministry, it is because I am quiet about it, the gift of prophesy is a rare one, and there are many charlatans […]

LOUD WHISPERS: A Time to Reset

LOUD WHISPERS: A Time to Reset

I thank the leadership of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Ekiti State chapter for their kind invitation to give this lecture. I am particularly pleased that I have been asked to talk about Reclaiming our Land, Restoring our Values: Beyond Slogans’. All over the country today, online and offline, there are conversations going on about […]

Loud Whispers : The High School Reunion

Loud Whispers : The High School Reunion

I attended Abeokuta Girls’ Grammar School, Abeokuta for my O’ Levels from 1973-1978. My father and one of my uncles took me to AGGS for the two day entrance examination and interview in June 1973. It was my mother who took me to the Junior Boarding hostel known as JB in September 1973. On Friday […]

LOUD WHISPERS: If I Had My Way

LOUD WHISPERS: If I Had My Way

How many times have you heard people say, If I had my way……………. Then they would go ahead to list all those things they would do if they had the final say on the matter. Every one of us has such a list. This is mine. If I had my way, there would be only […]

LOUD WHISPHERS: An Evening with ‘Baba’

LOUD WHISPHERS: An Evening with ‘Baba’

I have been on the road for the past two weeks. On November 4th I left Lagos for Mauritius to attend the triennial African Philanthropy Network conference. The conference brought together over 300 philanthropy practitioners and researchers from all over Africa and the rest of the world. As one of the founding members of the […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Heaven For Little Girls

LOUD WHISPERS: The Heaven For Little Girls

I told mummy That daddy was hurting me She said, ‘Shhhhhhhhhhh Hush girl Don’t let anyone hear you How dare you?’ She called me a liar She called me a prostitute She called me an evil spirit I was sick for a long time Then all of a sudden, I did not hurt anymore I […]

LOUD WHISPERS: In Dire Need Of Scapegoats

LOUD WHISPERS: In Dire Need Of Scapegoats

The tragic story of Ochanya Ogbanje, the thirteen-year-old girl who passed away recently after years of sexual abuse at the hands of her uncle and his son, is something straight out of a Nollywood movie. One of the reasons why Nollywood (whether the English speaking or local language sectors) resonates so well with people in […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Inauguration

LOUD WHISPERS: The Inauguration

I don’t know what possessed me to say ‘Sure, okay ‘. My husband and I were talking about his transition and inauguration plans. He had set up a transition committee and once that was in place, it was time to start planning for the inauguration. During his first term in office, I helped plan a […]