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LOUD WHISPERS: Check Your Privilege

LOUD WHISPERS: Check Your Privilege

I used to be on the board of an organisation based in the United States which had board members from around the world. We once had a session at one of our board meetings about privilege, and as part of the preparation for the session, we were asked to do some online exercises on the […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Equals Of The Slave Masters

LOUD WHISPERS: The Equals Of The Slave Masters

‘Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves’, Abraham Lincoln.   The headlines are unrelenting: ‘Woman docked for locking maid in the toilet for 20 days’ ‘Woman called out for burning 10-year-old housemaid with hot iron’ ‘Police arrest madam who brutalized maid, cuts her hand with hand saw’ ‘Woman sentenced to 4years […]

The Breaker Of Shackles: Oluwaseyi Gabrielle Ojo (1979-2019)

The Breaker Of Shackles:  Oluwaseyi Gabrielle Ojo (1979-2019)

  I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own. These words from the late Audre Lourde, African-American poet and activist, have served not only as a passionate statement from an individual feminist activist, over the years, they have become a warning and reality check […]

LOUD WHISPERS : Be Better. Do Better.

LOUD WHISPERS :  Be Better. Do Better.

Happy New Year! Around this time two years ago, I wrote about how I spent Christmas in our hometown at Isan-Ekiti, Ekiti State. About an hour after I arrived home, in the midst of all the people milling around to welcome us, I saw an old man who must have been at least eighty, trying […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Jerusalem

LOUD WHISPERS: Jerusalem

In my book ‘Speaking for Myself: Perspectives on Social, Political and Feminist Activism in Africa’ (2013) there is an essay called ‘Celebrating Brenda Fassie’. In the essay, I described how, some years ago, I was at the Music Moods record store at the Johannesburg airport in South Africa. As I was browsing through the stacks […]

LOUD WHISPERS: A State Of Emergency On Sexual Violence

LOUD WHISPERS: A State Of Emergency On Sexual Violence

I have often mentioned in my Loud Whispers columns that I love watching television dramas. One of my favourites is Law and Order – Special Victims Unit. It is a spin-off of the Law and Order television series, based on adventures of the New York Police Department (NYPD). The SVU is an elite squad of […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Nigeria Women Want

LOUD WHISPERS: The Nigeria Women Want

‘I want a Nigeria safe for all women and girls. A country that nurtures the girl child to a meaningful future’. ‘A Nigeria where the voice of girls and women are heard. Where women and girls are seen as part of the development and growth of the nation. Where women are given leadership roles and […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Strategy Room

LOUD WHISPERS: The Strategy Room

Amele: This is unbelievable! How did this happen? When will these lawmakers stop treating us like second-class citizens? Making us beg for rights that should rightfully be ours? How come they can’t make a connection between the low status of women and the inability of our country to meet any of its development goals? How […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Desperate To Keep Girls In School

LOUD WHISPERS: Desperate To Keep Girls In School

Recently, I have been involved in advocacy in Ekiti State on strategies to keep girls in school. The trends in Girl-Child education across Africa at the moment indicate that enrolment levels are way up than where they were years ago, but a common problem is retention of girls in school. Even where education is free, […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Shaping The Future: Strategizing To Win

LOUD WHISPERS: Shaping The Future: Strategizing To Win

I am particularly pleased to be speaking to the theme of this year’s conference: Shaping the Future: Strategising to Win’. I have just returned from Addis Ababa, where I went to attend the UN Economic Commission for Africa and Africa Union Regional Preparatory Conference for Beijing plus 25, which will review global progress at the […]

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