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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 […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Busola Moment

LOUD WHISPERS: The Busola Moment

Last week, all hell was let loose when Mrs Busola Dakolo, wife of popular singer Timi Dakolo went public with her allegations that she was raped when she was 17 by Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) Church. The details she revealed in her interview were shocking and heartbreaking. Predictably, sides were […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Great ‘Stiwanist’

LOUD WHISPERS: The Great ‘Stiwanist’

Professor Omolara Ogundipe-Leslie (1940-2019) For the past couple of days, there have been heated arguments for and against the actions of a certain young man on a domestic flight in Nigeria. The young man in question found out that his assigned window seat in business class was occupied by the almost mythical Professor Wole Soyinka. […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Before The Next Eulogy

LOUD WHISPERS: Before The Next Eulogy

I saw a video a few days ago, it was shown to me by one of the female lawyers who helps me deal with cases of gender based violence. It was a recording of a young woman, stark naked, bleeding and pleading, I will call her Mary. There was blood all over the bed Mary […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Carrying And Dropping Bags

LOUD WHISPERS: Carrying And Dropping Bags

As I celebrate my 56th birthday today, June 11th, I give gratitude to God Almighty. I have so many reasons to be grateful. I am grateful for my beloved husband, my amazing son, my siblings, my wonderful mother who is enjoying the fruits of her labour and my health. I am grateful for the nieces, […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Praying Or Preying?

LOUD WHISPERS: Praying Or Preying?

In 2016, I wrote an article, ‘When will ‘Servants of God’ stop preying on women and children? Five Lessons from the ‘Reverend’ Kingsley Ezeugo Saga’. Almost on a daily basis, there are reports about religious leaders abusing members of their congregation. This problem is a global one, and has been around for a long time, […]

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