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LOUD WHISPERS: Dance and Let Dance

LOUD WHISPERS: Dance and Let Dance

Dance and let dance You own your rythm Live and let live Your life is your own Eat and let eat As long as it is your food Sleep and let sleep As long as it is with your eyes Why not Dance and let dance? What quarrel should I have with your legs? Your […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Equals Of The Slave Masters

LOUD WHISPERS: The Equals Of The Slave Masters

‘Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves’, Abraham Lincoln.   The headlines are unrelenting: ‘Woman docked for locking maid in the toilet for 20 days’ ‘Woman called out for burning 10-year-old housemaid with hot iron’ ‘Police arrest madam who brutalized maid, cuts her hand with hand saw’ ‘Woman sentenced to 4years […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Husband Material

LOUD WHISPERS: Husband Material

Valentines Day is here, and in the spirit of the season, here is an old essay I wrote in 2017. I received an email from a young man who claimed I was always championing the cause of women, and he wanted to know, ‘What advice do you have for men? I am getting married soon […]

The Forgotten Princess: Rachael Jolaade Osho (1910-2020)

The Forgotten Princess: Rachael Jolaade Osho (1910-2020)

On June 1st 2018, I was in a convoy from the Akure Airport to Ado-Ekiti. My husband DR Kayode Fayemi was being led back into Ekiti by excited party people and Ekiti citizens. As we got to the outskirts of , Ikere-Ekiti, I saw two old women running besides our vehicles, waving brooms and shouting, […]

LOUD WHISPERS: My Prophecies for 2020

LOUD WHISPERS: My Prophecies for 2020

I have been asked why I have not released my prophecies for 2020, and I have had to explain that I cannot share visions I have not received yet. Now, the visions have come and I am ready. For those of you who might be skeptical, I have a pretty decent track record as a […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Check Your Privilege

LOUD WHISPERS: Check Your Privilege

I used to be on the board of an organisation based in the United States which had board members from around the world. We once had a session at one of our board meetings about privilege, and as part of the preparation for the session, we were asked to do some online exercises on the […]

The Breaker Of Shackles: Oluwaseyi Gabrielle Ojo (1979-2019)

The Breaker Of Shackles:  Oluwaseyi Gabrielle Ojo (1979-2019)

  I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own. These words from the late Audre Lourde, African-American poet and activist, have served not only as a passionate statement from an individual feminist activist, over the years, they have become a warning and reality check […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Jerusalem

LOUD WHISPERS: Jerusalem

In my book ‘Speaking for Myself: Perspectives on Social, Political and Feminist Activism in Africa’ (2013) there is an essay called ‘Celebrating Brenda Fassie’. In the essay, I described how, some years ago, I was at the Music Moods record store at the Johannesburg airport in South Africa. As I was browsing through the stacks […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Strategy Room

LOUD WHISPERS: The Strategy Room

Amele: This is unbelievable! How did this happen? When will these lawmakers stop treating us like second-class citizens? Making us beg for rights that should rightfully be ours? How come they can’t make a connection between the low status of women and the inability of our country to meet any of its development goals? How […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Desperate To Keep Girls In School

LOUD WHISPERS: Desperate To Keep Girls In School

Recently, I have been involved in advocacy in Ekiti State on strategies to keep girls in school. The trends in Girl-Child education across Africa at the moment indicate that enrolment levels are way up than where they were years ago, but a common problem is retention of girls in school. Even where education is free, […]

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