LOUD WHISPERS: A Prayer For My Country

As my country marks 60 years of independence

I say a prayer of hope

As I flip through newspapers, switch channels

And read one WhatsApp post and Facebook rant after the other

Sometimes unable to discern fact from fiction

Real news from fake

Almost all bearing tales of woe, gloom, disaster and score settling

I say a prayer for peace

I say a prayer for moderation

I beseech God for grace

As normal activities resume after months of chaos and uncertainty

I say a prayer of gratitude and another for safety

As our founding fathers and mothers roll in their graves

Shuddering in disappointment and boiling with anger

I say a prayer for wisdom

As the sacrifices of those who paved the way keep slipping away from our history books

I say a prayer for memory

As my country celebrates three score years of freedom from colonial masters

I say one prayer of thanks to those who gave all they had to make this nation great

And I say another to ask for forgiveness on behalf of those who bring shame and dishonor to the land

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 that God will weaken the arms of those who beat the drums of war

I pray that predators who bring sorrow and pain to others will be judged harshly

In this life and the next

I pray for justice

I pray for the voiceless and powerless

I pray for a spirit of humility

I pray for calmness

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 is the First Lady of Ekiti State, and she can be reached at BAF@abovewhispers.com







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6 Responses to LOUD WHISPERS: A Prayer For My Country

  1. Dr Babatope Adeyemi. October 1, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    I follow your Activities.They are very uplifting.Your Lectures /Speeches are also of Quality Standards.I wonder if you will think of Giving occassion lectures to larger audiences like Ekiti State Civil servants,Artisans,Different groups etc.May I also thank you for remembering my Adopted late “Mother”HE Funmi Aduke Olayinka last year.COVID-19 Pandemic I am sure prevented you from organizing another Programme for her this year.E seun ma.Finally do you think you could arrange some of Past and Present Spechees into a Book form for publication in the near Future.
    Thanks for today’s Prayer for my Country.May God accept your Prayers with Open Hands

  2. Hannah October 1, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    HOPE is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.

    Thanks for the motivational words. Hope it is!

  3. Femi Diipo October 2, 2020 at 8:07 am

    Big amen to these prayers. May God bless Nigeria and help us to do our part in making our country great. Happy independence day

  4. Марк October 3, 2020 at 6:46 am

    Sleep, sleep, Ellen, my little one! Is she not like her whenever she stirs? Has she not eyes that will soon be as bright to me, Lips that will some day be honeyed like hers?

  5. DSEED October 3, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Amen, Amen and Amen to your prayers ma for our country. May the Lord help our country.

  6. Olakunle Olajide October 14, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Amen and Amen


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