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LOUD WHISPERS: ‘There Are No Strangers Here’

LOUD WHISPERS: ‘There Are No Strangers Here’

Brenda staggered through the streets, her eyes smarting from the smoke of the vehicles and tyres burning around her. The sounds were so loud and piercing, after a while, she did not hear them anymore. ‘Maybe this is what the end of the world feels like’ she thought as she was shoved by a screaming […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Before The Next Eulogy

LOUD WHISPERS: Before The Next Eulogy

A few years ago, I wrote a Loud Whispers essay called ‘Before the Next Eulogy’. It was about breaking the culture of enablement around gender-based violence. The recent death of the talented gospel singer Osinachi Nwachukwu after years of domestic violence is so painful because of its predictability. My maternal grandfather was known as a […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Please Stop!

LOUD WHISPERS: Please Stop!

Please stop! I just saw a five-year-old girl dancing at her birthday party on a thick carpet of dollars and Naira Please stop! That was after seeing the little boy of no more than four, wearing a ‘Billion Dollar Gang’ neck chain, swigging from what looked like a bottle of beer while his mother twerked […]

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: 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, […]

Who Is A Strong Woman?

Who Is A Strong Woman?

For long, women have been seen as weak, frail and having nothing much to contribute in certain fields. The strength of the woman was typically attributed to her biological productivity and ability to condone and endure pain. When the story changed, and women were found thriving in things that were assumed to be beyond them, […]

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 […]

The Silent Rape Culture…

The Silent Rape Culture…

Seyi worked for this boss once. The perfect way to describe her boss would be to say that he was borderline disrespectful. He had a comment about everything the ladies wore to work. How a lady’s shirt was too big it seemed like she was trying to hide a pregnancy, on some occasions, he would […]

Fact Change But God’s Word Remains

Fact Change But God’s Word Remains

The bible says in the book of John that “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The truth of God’s word stands sure, come what may. No matter how hard the problems of this world hit you, God’s word will still be God’s word. Most people have been plauged […]

Do I Have Amnesia?

Do I Have Amnesia?

There is something medicine refers to as dissociative amnesia. This is when a person blocks out certain information often associated with a stressful or traumatic event thus leaving the person unable to recall that part of their life. What this means is that one could experience harassment and be so traumatised that they forget they […]

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