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LOUD WHISPERS: Humour

LOUD WHISPERS: Humour

I was at an event recently and I found myself mentally rolling my eyes as the comedian who had been hired to entertain tried his best to be funny. I always appreciate the efforts of entertainers, I know it is not easy to get up in front of an audience of strangers to sing, dance […]

LOUD WHISPERS: This Sacred Land

LOUD WHISPERS: This Sacred Land

(For Odia Ofeimun) Last week, a friend of mine dug up an old poem I wrote a few years ago and circulated it on Whatsapp Platforms. According to him, the poem is very relevant to what is happening in the country today and Ekiti in particular. I wrote the poem in 2010 for the 60th […]

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 […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Peace

LOUD WHISPERS: Peace

In July 2000, I spent one week in Monrovia, Liberia. It felt like three months. I was based in London at the time, working with AMwA, an international development organization for African women. We established an African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI) in 1996 which I have written about a number of times here. The AWLI […]

FEMINISM 101: Ten Myths About Feminists

FEMINISM 101: Ten Myths About Feminists

Sincere apologies for not being able to write this week. I have been preoccupied with some tasks lately, which has made time for reflection rather difficult to find. Don’t worry, I won’t stop writing every week! Last week, I came across an interview given by a woman aspiring for the Presidency of Nigeria. I admire […]

LOUD WHISPERS: R.E.S.P.E.C.T

LOUD WHISPERS: R.E.S.P.E.C.T

Technology is supposed to be your friend. Until it decides to teach you a lesson in humility when it feels you have not been reverent enough. I bought a new laptop in May, and I did not scrimp, I got a good one, or so I thought. I had a number of ‘hopeful’ people around […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Day The Devil Came To Drink Water

LOUD WHISPERS: The Day The Devil Came To Drink Water

Last week when I wrote the article ‘The Float Truck’, I mentioned a poem I wrote a few years ago called ‘The day the devil came to drink water’. It was inspired by events related to electoral activities between 2007-2009. Someone asked me a few days ago why I have not shared the poem on […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Fake News

LOUD WHISPERS: Fake News

In June 2012, I was having a telephone conversation with my husband  JKF about fake stories in circulation about his administration. He had recently returned from an overseas trip, and while he was away, the news was all over the place that he had fallen ill and had been rushed out of the country. It […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Old Woman’s Goat

LOUD WHISPERS: The Old Woman’s Goat

I am writing late this week not only because I have been busy on my husband’s campaign trail,  but because I have been battling a nasty cold. It started with a sore throat on Saturday afternoon.  By Sunday I could barely talk, and it did not help that I had scores of visitors to attend […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Friday Blues

LOUD WHISPERS: Friday Blues

Last week Wednesday I got a text message from a cousin-in-law of mine in Ekiti. Part of the message read, ‘I hear Oga has a rally on Friday, please tell him that nothing good happens on a Friday. The Yoruba people believe Friday is a bad day’.  I responded with, ‘Don’t worry, God is in […]

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