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LOUD WHISPERS: Letter To A Former Friend

LOUD WHISPERS: Letter To A Former Friend

My dear former friend, I hope all is well with you. I am writing this letter to you very reluctantly, but I believe that with every passing day that I cling to silence, there will be more damage done. I am conflicted because I am not sure if I should address you as ‘Friend’ or […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Hillary and Chimamanda Conversation

LOUD WHISPERS: The Hillary and Chimamanda Conversation

Recently, there was a storm in a teacup over a question posed by the brilliant writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to Hillary Clinton, over Hillary’s use of ‘Wife’ as the first word on her Twitter bio. I read a lot of comments in support of the question and many against it, with people calling Chimamanda all […]

LOUD WHISPERS: When There Are No Words

LOUD WHISPERS: When There Are No Words

Friday April 20th 2018 was one of the worst days of my life. A very close friend of mine lost her 27 year-old daughter the same day she was burying her 98 year old father. We had all gathered to celebrate the life of a wonderful man who had spent all his life raising generations […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Grandma’s Funeral

LOUD WHISPERS: Grandma’s Funeral

My voice has gone.  My feet hurt so badly. People are talking to me and I am nodding my head but I can’t hear a word of what they are saying. I have a four-hour drive ahead of me because I have to make it to Lagos no matter how late it is. There is […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Dog Trainers

LOUD WHISPERS: The Dog Trainers

Joke: Hi ladies, I am sorry I am late. Have you ordered? Tammy: No, we were just about to. Hope you are okay? Joke: No, I am not alright. I feel terrible. I had another argument with Ben this morning. Shewa: What about again? When will you two stop fighting? Joke: It is Ben and […]

LOUD WHISPERS : Jallo’s Secret

LOUD WHISPERS : Jallo’s Secret

Once upon a time, there was a blacksmith called Jallo who was famous all over the land for his smithing skills. People came from far and near to seek him out. He had a number of young apprentices from nearby villages learning the trade from him.  Jallo was a rather strict man but he was […]

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 […]

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 […]

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