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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: 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 […]

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 : 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: Mama Tayo’s Journey

LOUD WHISPERS: Mama Tayo’s Journey

Many years ago, I had a conversation with a school mate, let me call her Tayo, who told me that she was one of six children her mother had with five husbands. I was shocked to hear this. We are brought up to believe that this is normal for men, who are entitled to a […]

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 […]

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