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LOUD WHISPERS: Valentine’s Day

LOUD WHISPERS: Valentine’s Day

Tammy frowned as she looked at herself in the mirror. She thought about all the feel good, motivational sound bites she and her friends often repeated to support one another. ‘You are beautiful’. ‘The only opinion that matters is yours’. ‘Own your body’.  ‘Look in the mirror and love what you see’. Well, she was […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The 2024 Grammys – We Won!

LOUD WHISPERS: The 2024 Grammys – We Won!

Over the past week, there were two events that got people talking on and offline. The first was what happened at the 2024 Grammy Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles on February 4th. The second was the Green Eagles qualifying for the AFCON finals in a match that was so intense, I am sure there are […]

LOUD WHISPERS: A Letter to The Chief of Army Staff

LOUD WHISPERS: A Letter to The Chief of Army Staff

Dear sir, I am writing to appeal to you to keep a watchful eye on the disturbing accounts of allegations of sexual harassment of female soldiers in the Nigerian Army. I know that in light of the serious security challenges we are facing in the country right now, this might sound like a petty issue […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Cervical Cancer Month

LOUD WHISPERS: Cervical Cancer Month

When I was young, my mother and her sisters used to talk about a cousin of theirs who passed away when she was in her prime. She was a beautiful young woman who was loved by everyone, and she suddenly became ill, an illness that claimed her life. According to the story, she was the […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Womanity Index Report

LOUD WHISPERS: The Womanity Index Report

On December 4th 2023, I attended the launch of the Womanity Index Report, a project of Invictus-Africa in collaboration with Budg-It. The report is an attempt to assess sub-national responses to the fight against Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV). The findings of the report had both good and bad news. The bad news first. In […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Heaven for Little Girls

LOUD WHISPERS: The Heaven for Little Girls

Every year we commemorate the Global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, November 25th- December 10th. This global campaign is really a local one. It is about what we can all do about the pain of women and girls. Sadly, too many girls and women end up where they are not supposed to be. […]

LOUD WHISPERS: I Will Not Agree

LOUD WHISPERS: I Will Not Agree

This is 2024 New year, new roads, new lanes New times, new language The young people have declared 2024 as the year of ‘I no go gree’ For those who need a decoding It means the year of ‘I will not agree’ I am not sure what this will mean exactly, but I will hazard […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Arakunrin

LOUD WHISPERS: Arakunrin

It is hard to believe another year has rolled by so quickly. We would all have experienced the year differently, but it can be agreed that January-December feels like just flipping a page – one second you are here and the next you are there. For the past three weeks I have battled a bad […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Your Neighbour’s Keeper

LOUD WHISPERS: Your Neighbour’s Keeper

When I was growing up on Soyinka Street in Fadeyi, Lagos, we had all kinds of neighbours. My parents had just returned from England, and we lived in a building that had four flats, one of the ‘poshest’ properties on the street. Our flat was the top one in front, facing the street, so we […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Malaysia Airlines

LOUD WHISPERS: Malaysia Airlines

This is going to be a long read, so get a drink ready as we begin. I have had many interesting travel adventures in my life, but none as traumatic as this one. I had been looking forward to my recent trip to Malaysia. The last time I visited was in 2008 for a conference. […]

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