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 every single day unveils the talents of yet another drama King or Queen

All of them unrelenting in their capacity to confound, confuse and amuse

I say a prayer for sobriety and clarity

As our founding fathers and mothers roll in their graves

Shuddering in disappointment and boiling with anger

I say a prayer for wisdom

As my country celebrates another year of freedom from colonial masters

And as local masters go to war with their local fiefdoms

I say a prayer for moderation

As our prayer houses and spaces grow exponentially

And our men and women of God employ bodyguards

Yet cover their flock with the blood of Jesus,

I pray that God will never turn his face from us.

As our rains get heavier, and the floods keep coming

I pray that it is only our sins that are washed away

and not our children, homes and farms

As one more year passes by

And our leaders gather to recite all the right things in all the right places

I pray for the will to right all wrongs

and the courage to save this great nation from chaos

As we celebrate another year of freedom

I pray for a spirit of humility

I pray for the willingness to reflect

I pray for understanding

That we might know there are things we cannot dance our way out of

There are examinations in life that need to be taken and graded

And there are things that can not be fixed by fixers

I pray for good health to all

I pray for prosperity

I pray for the success of our children

And I pray that we are all here when the next year rolls by.


Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi is a Gender Specialist, Social Entrepreneur and Writer. She is the Founder of Abovewhispers.com, an online community for women. She can be reached at BAF@abovewhispers.com

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18 Responses to LOUD WHISPERS: A Prayer For My Country

  1. Olujimi Femi October 3, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    May God help us in Nigeria. Welcome back ma, we have missed you

  2. Veronica Imaseun October 3, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    God restore us, help us and make us ready for the change we desire.

  3. Victor Udoh October 3, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    All I can say is welcome back ma!!! We have missed you ooooo

  4. Shina Dideolu October 3, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    God help us in this country to be better versions of ourselves.

  5. Maryam Suleiman October 3, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Amen to your prayers ma. Thank you for always being very relatable and really, I must commend the good works on Above whispers. This place has evolved on all platforms. It is amazing!

  6. Seun Abidemi October 3, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    I ran here immediately I saw online. I have missed reading this! welcome back ma and God bless Nigeria

  7. Olatide Omojola October 3, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    God bless Nigeria

  8. Omorosa October 3, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    I also pray for that spirit of humility! we need this in this nation.

  9. sheila Ibrahim October 3, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Happy Independence Nigeria.

  10. Bisi Alawode October 3, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    May we understand the worth of this prayer daily and work with them.

  11. Femi Diipo October 3, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Big amen to these prayers. May we learn to do our parts and stop hoping for God to do for us the things we can only do for ourselves..

  12. DSEED October 3, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    A big Amen to your prayers ma’am. God will remember our country for good. May we also wake up from our slumber and take charge.

  13. Mr Lukman October 4, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Amen ooo. God bless Nigeria

  14. Lola Adeola October 4, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Amen ooo. It is good to have you back ma!!!

  15. Peters October 4, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    God help us citizens to be better so the country can be better

  16. Olakunle Olajide October 5, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Amen and Amen.. I really hope peace really reigns in this country..We have suffered too much..
    Glad to have you back ma’am..

  17. Olukemi Robinson-Atabuh October 9, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Hello everyone. A loud amen and fervent as well.

    Please let us have some focus on the sooner late than never outing of the sexual predators that call themselves lecturers.

    What leadership can Above Whispers offer us on this? This is real, this is happening, this affects our daughters, sisters, mothers to be.

    Within the confines of our own realities and culture what do we do?

    What NGOs can I support, write to, to at least put the fear of retribution into the hearts of these deviants?

    Loving this platform and theses stories and hopefully waiting.

  18. Eric Onuoha October 31, 2019 at 6:30 am

    I say a big Amen to the prayers. May God help us all in this country and make it great


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