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LOUD WHISPERS: Do Your Best And Leave The Rest

LOUD WHISPERS: Do Your Best And Leave The Rest

   TRIBUTE TO MAMA CLEMENTINA OJUOLAPE ADENIYI (1925-2021) ‘Kete Kete, Kete Kete, Kete Kete…….’. We all stood there staring in fascination as Mama Adeniyi gracefully danced and mimicked some of our seniors who had been caught holding an unauthorized birthday party in the boarding house. Mama had found them dancing to Ebenezer Obey’s famous song […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Mercy

LOUD WHISPERS: Mercy

The baby girl is so beautiful. With her eyes closed and a blanket keeping her warm, she looks like an angel. I was asked to give her a name. I named her Anuoluwa – God’s Mercy. Mercy. That is what she has received. Anyone staring at this lovely bundle of joy would never have imagined […]

LOUD WHISPERS: To Whom It May Concern

LOUD WHISPERS: To Whom It May Concern

Last year I started The Wrapper Network, an online platform for women of all ages (but mostly young women) for networking, mentoring and practical support. I get questions from members of the platform every day, and I sometimes set time aside to respond. Some of the questions are about the experiences of those asking, and […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Court Of Public Opinion

LOUD WHISPERS:                                         The Court Of Public Opinion

I grew up adoring Michael Jackson. He was a normal but phenomenally talented black kid then, part of The Jackson Five with his brothers. He grew up and started acting strangely – his skin became lighter, his hair longer, his features became Caucasian, his voice did not sound like that of a grown man and […]

LOUD WHISPERS: We Are Still Here

LOUD WHISPERS: We Are Still Here

(In commemoration of International Women’s Month 2021) Please don’t look for us, we are not lost We have not been stolen away We are still here Even when they came for so many of us And shoved us into the deep belly of the devil There are still enough of us left We are still […]

LOUD WHISPERS: A Different March 8th

LOUD WHISPERS: A Different March 8th

A few weeks ago, I received a message that an old friend and mentor of mine would be in Nigeria on an official visit, and had requested that I meet with her during her stay in Nigeria and take part in some events with her. When I saw the dates she wanted us to meet […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Self-Love

LOUD WHISPERS: Self-Love

A few years ago, a Ugandan friend of mine, let me call her Sandy, sent a long message on an email listserv we were on. It was an account of her experience in the hands of American immigration officials. Sandy was on her way back home from Uruguay via one of the American airports and […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Ultimate Backlash: Sex Dolls

LOUD WHISPERS: The Ultimate Backlash: Sex Dolls

Last year, I watched a short in-flight documentary about a young man in Japan whose sole companion is a life-sized doll. He was shown having meals with the doll, watching TV and lying in bed with it. Up to that point, I found his behaviour eccentric and not necessarily creepy until his mother showed up […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Lori Iro – It Is All Lies

LOUD WHISPERS: Lori Iro  – It Is All Lies

‘You are the only sugar in my tea’ Lori iro You are the only cream in my coffee Lori Iro You are the only pepper in my sauce Lori iro You are the only honey in my beehive Lori iro There is this viral video of a preacher going around ringing a bell, preaching about […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Etiquette Of Mourning

LOUD WHISPERS: The Etiquette Of Mourning

I apologise in advance if what I am about to say comes across as a scolding from a school principal to unruly teenagers. Many times, adults who are supposed to know better do behave like teenagers, even like toddlers. At least a toddler has an excuse. There are many teenagers wise beyond their years, and […]

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