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LOUD WHISPERS: Red Tomatoes

LOUD WHISPERS: Red Tomatoes

Sharon did not know how long she had been asleep for. She listened to the voices of the nurses in her room and the sounds of the medicine cart they were wheeling around. One of the nurses asked her if she would like to eat anything. She shook her head, but the nurse reminded her […]

LOUD WHISPERS: A Prayer For My Country

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 […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Setting The Record Straight

LOUD WHISPERS: Setting The Record Straight

On Monday September 9th, I began the Obirinkete Tour, for the purposes of advocacy, community engagement and empowerment in all the sixteen local governments of Ekiti State. The first two visits on Monday went according to plan -hugely successful and peaceful. On Tuesday September 10th we were billed to visit three local governments – Moba, […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Library Card

LOUD WHISPERS: The Library Card

It has been thirty-three years since I borrowed a library card From a shy, handsome, gap-toothed classmate He came to my University for a degree He left with his degree and something else Three years later we walked down the aisle A simple beautiful ceremony in London The dress was from Debenhams The suit was […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Shameful Harvests

LOUD WHISPERS: Shameful Harvests

One evening in 2003, I had a long telephone conversation with an American friend of mine. When I got off the phone, I was in such distress that I could not hold back my tears. I was shocked and angry at what I had heard during our discussion. I had known this friend (who I […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Shame

LOUD WHISPERS: Shame

Shame: A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior Shameless: A lack of shame, especially about something generally considered unacceptable There is a cultural practice in parts of Yorubaland, mostly modern-day Ondo and Ekiti States. Every year, around the time of the New Yam festivals, communities come […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Big Brother Naija: Some Matters Arising

LOUD WHISPERS: Big Brother Naija: Some Matters Arising

Big Brother is an international reality TV show that was created as an experimental game to see how human beings would relate to each other if kept sequestered for an extended period of time, usually up to three months, having minimal contact with the outside world. Over the years, the results have ranged from hilarious […]

The True Revolutionary: Toni Morrison (1931-2019)

The True Revolutionary: Toni Morrison (1931-2019)

  ‘I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and although it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge – even wisdom’. You spoke to us so many times in hundreds of ways Words […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Statement from Nigerian Governors Wives Forum on Sexual Violence

LOUD WHISPERS: Statement from Nigerian Governors Wives Forum on Sexual Violence

A few days ago, with the support of HE Dr Aisha Buhari the First Lady of Nigeria, Wives of Nigerian Governors took the unprecedented step of issuing a joint statement against the escalating levels of sexual violence against women and children in the country. All of us should be concerned. We all have a role […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Zips and Knees

LOUD WHISPERS: Zips and Knees

Simbo: I like this statement. Listen (reads from her phone) ‘Pregnant school girls should be allowed to stay in school. Sending them away while allowing boys who impregnate them to stay is discriminatory’. Jerry: This is true, it is not right to stop the education of girls when they get pregnant. Afterall, they did not […]

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