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LOUD WHISPERS: Grandma’s Funeral

LOUD WHISPERS: Grandma’s Funeral

My voice has gone.  My feet hurt so badly. People are talking to me and I am nodding my head but I can’t hear a word of what they are saying. I have a four-hour drive ahead of me because I have to make it to Lagos no matter how late it is. There is […]

LOUD WHISPERS: A Mother’s Pain

LOUD WHISPERS: A Mother’s Pain

There is this saying, ‘You can’t dance at two weddings’. It is meant to emphasise the fact that it is hard to perform more than one task at a time. Apparently, those who coined this saying are not Nigerians. Yesterday, I literally danced at three weddings in two different cities. However, there is a price […]

LOUD WHISPERS: My Prophecies for 2018

LOUD WHISPERS: My Prophecies for 2018

In January last year, I wrote an article called Prophecies and Common Sense. It was basically a rant against fake prophets and their prophecies who show up at this time of the year. A friend of mine jokingly asked a few days ago if I would be making any prophecies for 2018 since this is […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Where Has The Year Gone?

LOUD WHISPERS: Where Has The Year Gone?

If you borrow money in January And promise to pay back in June Be sure to remember that time is slippery The year goes whistling by June comes and you have excuses Bad business, late salary, school fees, father sick Regardless of how many times your chickens cross the road The year barrels on December […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Five Things That Made Me Happy Last Week

LOUD WHISPERS: Five Things That Made Me Happy Last Week

There is always so much bad news locally and internationally, one cannot help but be jaded by it all. Everyday there is someone who has been murdered, raped, kidnapped. Money has been looted (with looters conveniently not found or walking free), accidents happen on death traps which pass for roads, people waste away due to […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Being Present

LOUD WHISPERS: Being Present

I could not stop jumping up and down last week Wednesday when I got a WhatsApp message on my phone. I stared at the images over and over and kept jumping, laughing, almost screaming in my excitement. The message was a set of images from the printing press where my new book ‘Loud Whispers’ was […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Hunting The Hunter

LOUD WHISPERS: Hunting The Hunter

I would like to first apologise for the delay in posting this week’s Loud Whispers. I usually finish the first draft of my articles by Saturday evening, then I give it a few more reads and make corrections till it is time to post on Sunday night. I was very pleased with myself that I […]

NIGERIA@57: Love, Hate or Confused

NIGERIA@57: Love, Hate or Confused

Nigeria is an awesome country. It is a place of rich history, endless opportunity, amazing resilience with an inexplicable capacity to absorb shocks that have splintered many a nation. As Nigeria marks its 57th year of independence from British colonial rule, here are 57 things that make you love or hate Nigeria, or simply leave […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Death of Shame and Compassion

LOUD WHISPERS: The Death of Shame and Compassion

Recently, after the death of a good friend of mine had been announced, my attention was drawn to comments on one of the popular websites. Whilst there was some outpouring of sympathy, I was appalled at the remarks of people speculating on how my friend died, what/who could have been ‘responsible’ and so on.  My […]

LOUDWHISPERS: Pythons Do Not Dance

LOUDWHISPERS: Pythons Do Not Dance

When my son was young, if I returned from a work trip, he would pester me for details of where I had been and what happened there. There was one story in particular that became his absolute favourite. Anytime he wanted to amuse himself, or get himself out of trouble, he would say, ‘Mummy, please […]