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LOUD WHISPERS: Prophecies And Common Sense

LOUD WHISPERS: Prophecies And Common Sense

At the end of the year or the beginning of a new one, there is usually a torrent of prophecies around the world.  Humanity has always expressed a desire to know what the future holds, either out of curiosity or a desire to prepare for the unknown. Every civilization we know of has included those […]

LOUD WHISPERS: My January Blues

LOUD WHISPERS: My January Blues

I have grown to dread the month of January. It started with the January of 2003. I had been looking forward to that year, it was supposed to have been a special one, the year I turned forty. On January 4th 2003, I was in London. I checked my email at approximately 11.45pm, there was […]

LOUD WHISPERS: As The Year Draws To An End

LOUD WHISPERS: As The Year Draws To An End

When I started Above Whispers in February 2016, I made a commitment to write a Loud Whispers article every week. I knew there was no way I could commit to posting something daily on the website, and I did not want something sporadic, so I decided on a weekly column. Even though I love writing, […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Will Human Beings Become ‘Abbies’?

LOUD WHISPERS: Will Human Beings Become ‘Abbies’?

The year is 4028. Planet earth died out 2000 years ago. In the year 2028, a scientist known as Dr David Pilcher gave a presentation at a conference on climate change. His key findings were that humanity would cease to exist in a few centuries time, and unless human beings made the necessary adjustments to […]

Re-Writing Women’s History: Reflections On The Legend Of Moremi

Re-Writing Women’s History: Reflections On The Legend Of Moremi

The story of Moremi Ajasoro, a legendary figure from the ancient town of Ile-Ife in South West Nigeria is not one limited to the Yoruba people of Nigeria.  Her story is known across the world and in the African Diaspora, a classic tale of bravery and sacrifice for the good of the community. Recently, the […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Efuru@50 And Flora Nwapa’s Feminist Legacy

LOUD WHISPERS: Efuru@50 And Flora Nwapa’s Feminist Legacy

Let me apologise in advance to anyone reading this, who has not read Flora Nwapa’s book Efuru, or any of her other books. My challenge to you is, after reading this, please look for a copy of Efuru. It is one of the greatest books ever written by an African woman, and it heralded a […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Changing The Story

LOUD WHISPERS: Changing The Story

Mabel is a 42 year old woman. She has a job she loves and is very good at. She is respected by all her colleagues and peers. She has three adorable children, who are all doing well in their respective schools. She is very active in her church, she is a member of two professional […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Joana Silochina Foster (1946-2016)

LOUD WHISPERS: Joana Silochina Foster (1946-2016)

I first met Joana Foster at an international conference on Violence Against Women, which took place in Brighton, England in November 1996. I took my son with me to the conference, and he fell ill. As I fretted over my son, Joana fussed over me.  After Brighton, Joana and I became firm friends. She was […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Thank You Hillary Clinton

LOUD WHISPERS: Thank You Hillary Clinton

I should have known when I went into two wine shops, looking for a half bottle of champagne, with no success. I arrived San Francisco on November 7th, to attend a board meeting at the Global Fund for Women. When the dates were confirmed at our June meeting in New York, I was very pleased […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Endangered Engagements

LOUD WHISPERS: Endangered Engagements

I had a conversation with a young woman in her late twenties recently, let me call her Jenny. She wanted my advice on her situation with her ‘Fiancé’. They have been together for three years, and even though he has not actually popped the question, he refers to her in public as his ‘fiancée’ and […]