LOUD WHISPERS: I Know What I Don’t Know

I don’t know how to operate on a patient

I don’t know how drugs are manufactured

I don’t know how to read an X-Ray

I don’t know how to program computers

I don’t know how to use a sewing machine

I don’t know how to grow flowers

I don’t know how to climb a tree to tap Palm-Wine

I don’t know how to make chocolate bars

If I need an operation, I will turn to a surgeon

If I need to buy drugs, I will not get them from the Radiologist

If I am buying a computer, I will not go to the Pharmacy

If I need a new outfit, I will not go to the florist

If I need flowers, I will not go to the Palm-Wine tapper

If I need palm-wine, I will not go to the brewery

If I crave chocolate, I will not go to a poultry

I know what I don’t know

And it does not bother me

Why? Other people know

People who have found their respective callings and dedicated their lives accordingly

People who can be trusted

People who know what they are doing and what they are talking about

People who have the qualifications to speak with authority

People who might not be infallible, but who know left from right

People who really know about things like 3G, 4G,5G or 50G

People who are not claiming to know what they don’t know

I know what I don’t know

I know what I do know

I am no Surgeon, Pharmacist, Scientist, Engineer, Radiologist or Florist

Do you know the difference between a Chocolate Maker and Chocolatier?

I know they are not the same

I know what I don’t know

I know how not to lecture people about things I know next to nothing about

I know better than to mislead people who look up to me and trust me

I know when to say ‘I am not sure’, ‘I don’t know’, ‘Let me find out’ or ‘Why don’t you ask someone else’.

I know how to be curious

I know how to ignore boxes we have to think within or outside of

I know how to form an opinion

I know my opinions do not have to be presented as facts

I know when to bring out my ego and strut my stuff – I do know a thing or two!

I know when to tuck it away into a little box

I know when to talk and talk and talk – about injustice, unfairness and exclusion

I know when to keep my mouth shut

I know when to write and write and write – about living, learning and loving

I know when to keep my fingers still

I know when to suffer fools gladly

I know when to throw a good punch

I know that these are trying times

I know that these are times when we need to truly know the difference

I know that we need to listen to those who really know

I know we need to ignore those who do not know what they do not know

I know what I do know

I know what I don’t know


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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9 Responses to LOUD WHISPERS: I Know What I Don’t Know

  1. Victor Udoh April 10, 2020 at 11:21 am

    May we understand that what we don’t know isn’t our path and that which we know is what we should maximise on and allow everyone to toil their path. Thank you ma

  2. Shina Dideolu April 10, 2020 at 11:22 am

    I am a teacher and this I know and would maximise and I will respect the sweat of others who do well in their field.

  3. Akinkolade Kukoyi April 10, 2020 at 11:24 am

    May we understand our path and respect the hustle of others

  4. Femi Diipo April 11, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    One of the biggest problems of the world are people who don’t realise the limitations of their knowledge and assume they know and understand everything. They are quick to explain phenomenons that are beyond them rather than admit to their ignorance.
    As rightly written, it is not enough to admit one’s ignorance but to seek appropriate experts when seeking knowledge or understanding.

  5. Omobulejo Abiodun April 13, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    I know we are blessed in Ekiti with an intellectual like you. I know this time shall pass.
    I know how to ignore people who claims to know what they don’t know.
    I know I must seek knowledge about what I don’t know before I form opinions or take a strong position.
    I know God is in control.
    I just know

  6. Adeigba Adefunke April 13, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    It’s really worth reading. May our eyes be opened to know what we know and know what we don’t know to make a positive change in this generation.

  7. Olakunle Olajide April 15, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    This is apt..What you know, you know. What you don’t know, you don’t know. There is no two ways about it..You can then listen and learn a thing or two of what you don’t know and can also teach of what you know to people. Knowledge is good but right knowledge is expedient.

  8. DSEED April 16, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    This is just it o. If you know, you know. And what you did not know you do not know. Just because people respected you in your area of expertise that doesn’t mean you can go around fooling them.

  9. Eric Onuoha April 30, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    To me, this is a poem with good lesson to learn. What you know, you know and when you don’t know anything, be humble and ask. Thank you Ma for this


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