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LOUD WHISPERS: Defending The Indefensible

LOUD WHISPERS: Defending The Indefensible

I was having a conversation with a group of male and female middle-aged professionals recently. One of the men in the group said that feminists like me are always quick to jump to the defence of women, even when they are in the wrong. He said that while he is against any kind of sexual […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Life And Livelihood

LOUD WHISPERS: Life And Livelihood

Last week I was invited to be part of a COVID-19 Talk Series called ‘Life and Livelihood’ hosted by Professor Konyinsola Ajayi of Emmanuel Chapel, Methodist Church, Lagos. Professor Ajayi asked me to join Mr Folusho Phillips, Mr Tunji Lardner and Ms Zouera Youssoufou to reflect on how COVID-19 is affecting life and livelihoods in […]

LOUD WHISPERS: A Time For Courage

LOUD WHISPERS: A Time For Courage

Chief Thomas Dejo winced as he got out of bed. The discomfort in his back was nothing new, he had grown accustomed to it. At his age, it was to be expected, but it did not stop him from feeling annoyed all the same. When Tony, his houseboy, came in to ask if he should […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Memories Of The Living

LOUD WHISPERS: Memories Of The Living

Last year, I spent time with an older friend of mine, a veteran African women’s rights activist. She played a major role in the United Nations 1995 Women’s Conference in Beijing, and has been very active since in her home country, across the African continent and globally. She is now in her seventies. We were […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Adults and Good Manners

LOUD WHISPERS: Adults and Good Manners

I was having a discussion with some people a few days ago, and we spent some time talking about some adults and the way they behave, setting a poor example for young people. It reminded me on an article I wrote a few years ago, here is an abridged version.   Recently, I was in […]

LOUD WHISPERS: A Gift For The Prophet

LOUD WHISPERS: A Gift For The Prophet

For Odia Ofeimun@70     Stingy, lazy and unimaginative people always ask ‘What do you give someone who has everything’? The answer to the question should be ‘Define everything’. The narrow minded then proceed to list: Family, Friends, Fortune, Fame, Favour Then a decision is made Give them nothing, they have everything You do not […]

LOUD WHISPERS: We Are Still Here

LOUD WHISPERS: We Are Still Here

 (In commemoration of International Women’s Day, March 8th) Please don’t look for us, we are not lost We have not been stolen away We are still here Even when they came for so many of us And shoved us into the deep belly of the devil There are still enough of us left We are […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Stranger

LOUD WHISPERS: The Stranger

Dapo should have seen it coming. He should have known, the moment she walked into a church for a wedding ceremony ten years ago, that a time like this would come. He had gone to attend the wedding of the daughter of one of his older friends. Just before the sermon was about to begin, […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Dance and Let Dance

LOUD WHISPERS: Dance and Let Dance

Dance and let dance You own your rythm Live and let live Your life is your own Eat and let eat As long as it is your food Sleep and let sleep As long as it is with your eyes Why not Dance and let dance? What quarrel should I have with your legs? Your […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Husband Material

LOUD WHISPERS: Husband Material

Valentines Day is here, and in the spirit of the season, here is an old essay I wrote in 2017. I received an email from a young man who claimed I was always championing the cause of women, and he wanted to know, ‘What advice do you have for men? I am getting married soon […]