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LOUD WHISPERS: Sheila’s Blues

LOUD WHISPERS: Sheila’s Blues

Years ago, I coordinated a documentary project with five other people. It involved shooting footage in six African countries over a period of two weeks. One of the crew members, let me call her Sheila, was married to another member of the team, I will call him David. Obviously, something was wrong with their marriage. […]

World Mental Health Day: Fayemi’s Wife Canvases For institutional Framework For Tackling Mental Health Issues

World Mental Health Day: Fayemi’s Wife Canvases For institutional Framework For Tackling Mental Health Issues

  World Mental Health Day: Fayemi’s wife canvases for an institutional framework for tackling Mental health issues The First Lady of Ekiti State Erelu Bisi Fayemi has called on stakeholders in the health sector to urgently develop an institutional framework to respond to mental health challenges in the State. The Governor’s Wife gave this call-in […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Nigeria Women Want

LOUD WHISPERS: The Nigeria Women Want

‘I want a Nigeria safe for all women and girls. A country that nurtures the girl child to a meaningful future’. ‘A Nigeria where the voice of girls and women are heard. Where women and girls are seen as part of the development and growth of the nation. Where women are given leadership roles and […]

VALAR MORGHULIS: Ten Lessons From Game Of Thrones

VALAR MORGHULIS: Ten Lessons From Game Of Thrones

To celebrate the ‘Arrival of Winter’ on April 14th ( the screening of  Season 8 of Game of Thrones)  I am reposting an article I wrote two years ago which will resonate with fans of Game of Thrones. If you are not a fan, I hope you will still find it useful. For those of […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Lessons From Hannah

LOUD WHISPERS: Lessons From Hannah

I have an older friend who is from Zimbabwe. I will call her Hannah. She fought in the Zimbabwe liberation war in the 1970s. Then she was a young girl, but she experienced things people thrice her age could not even imagine. When the war was over and Zimbabwe became an independent nation State in […]

LOUD WHISPERS: March 8th Bandwagon

LOUD WHISPERS: March 8th Bandwagon

When I was working with Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), an international development organisation for African women based in London (AMwA has since relocated to Uganda), my job entailed developing programs to support African women living in the UK. Whilst the focus of our work was advocacy and influencing policy, we did a fair amount […]

‘And Then The Women Came’ A Tribute To The African Women’s Development Fund

‘And Then The Women Came’ A Tribute To The African Women’s Development Fund

I have just returned from Accra, Ghana, where I went to attend a panel discussion on African Women and Philanthropy, to mark the 15th anniversary of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) the first Africa-wide grant making foundation. I co-founded AWDF in 2000 with Joana Foster (Ghana) and Hilda Tadria (Uganda), and we began operations […]