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LOUD WHISPERS: A Prayer For My Country

LOUD WHISPERS:                                     A Prayer For My Country

Every year, at this time, I say a prayer 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 and Facebook rant after the other Sometimes unable to discern fact from fiction Real news from fake Almost all bearing […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Timelessness Of Scandal

LOUD WHISPERS: The Timelessness Of Scandal

I just came across a video and story of how a man somewhere in Ghana was making advances on a sixteen-year-old school girl on a public bus. The girl was trying to avoid him but he was persistent. There were two older women on the bus listening. When they had heard enough, they asked the […]

LOUD WHISPERS: In Conversation

LOUD WHISPERS: In Conversation

On June 27th, I took part in the Toyin Falola Live Interview Series. It was such a huge honour to have been invited to be a part of this exciting program run by Professor Toyin Falola, Professor of African Studies at University of Texas at Austin. He was one of my revered lecturers when I […]

LOUD WHISPERS: We Will Never Forget

LOUD WHISPERS: We Will Never Forget

I sat listening to the goodwill messages at the celebration of the Day of the African child in Ekiti State on June 15th 2021 and for once I was thankful for the combination of face mask and glasses. It meant I could pretend to be expressionless. Sometime in March 2021, I had a meeting with […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Peace

LOUD WHISPERS: Peace

In July 2000, I spent one week in Monrovia, Liberia. It felt like three months. I was based in London at the time, working with AMwA, an international development organization for African women. We established an African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI) in 1996 which I have written about a number of times here. The AWLI […]

The Twenty-Six-Year-Old Speech: ‘Building A New House’

The Twenty-Six-Year-Old Speech: ‘Building A New House’

In August 1995, I attended the United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing. I took part in many activities at Beijing, the highlight was addressing one of the daily plenaries at the NGO Forum with a packed audience of thousands of women. This is the speech I gave at a plenary on diversity in […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Shalaye Olympics

LOUD WHISPERS: Shalaye Olympics

This essay has nothing to do with the recently concluded summer Olympics in Japan. It is about a slang I picked up from young people, something used to describe a lengthy process of explaining things – ‘Shalaye’ in Yoruba means ‘to explain’. I suppose ‘Shalaye Olympics’ can be interpreted to mean doing 100, 200, 400 […]

LOUD WHISPERS : Living Dangerously

LOUD WHISPERS : Living Dangerously

Last year, during the COVID19 lockdowns, I got a call from an NGO working with young people in Nigeria. Someone had contacted them to draw attention to the plight of a female student in a tertiary institution who was being blackmailed by one of her classmates. She had been manipulated into sending nude images of […]

LOUD WHISPERS: When One Violation Is Not Enough

LOUD WHISPERS:  When One Violation Is Not Enough

I am angry, frustrated, tired, and I feel sick. One of my security aides has been arrested for rape. I have known him for over ten years, so he is not a stranger who just joined my team. I have written in the past about three kinds of children. The ones you train well and […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Happy Birthday

LOUD WHISPERS: Happy Birthday

I organised a public reading for my latest book ‘Where is Your Wrapper’? towards the end of April. Just before the event, I had a conversation with one of the panelists who would be asking me questions about the book. She wanted to know if I feel inspired every time I sit down to write, […]

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