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LOUD WHISPERS: London Bridge

LOUD WHISPERS: London Bridge

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi    I remember when Prince Charles Philip Arthur George was made the Prince of Wales in July 1969. I was a little girl then and I remember being fascinated by all the crowds, pomp and pageantry on television that day. I also remember that they gave us special treats at my school in Liverpool. […]

LOUD WHISPERS: If I Had My Way

LOUD WHISPERS: If I Had My Way

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi How many times have you heard people say, If I had my way……………. Then they would go ahead to list all those things they would do if they had the final say on the matter. Every one of us has such a list. This is mine. If I had my way, there would […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Library Card

LOUD WHISPERS: The Library Card

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi It has been thirty-six years since I borrowed a library card From a shy, handsome, gap-toothed classmate He came to my University for a degree He left with his degree and something else Three years later we walked down the aisle A simple beautiful ceremony in London The dress was from Debenhams The […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Saratu’s Wish

LOUD WHISPERS: Saratu’s Wish

                    Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi Saratu could not stop staring at the woman who was speaking. She was not sure what her name was because people kept calling her different things. Some called her “Her Excellency”, some addressed her as “Madam” and others called her “Doctor” or “Hajia”. She thought she heard the name “Amina”, but she […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Yeye Oodua

LOUD WHISPERS: Yeye Oodua

                                               Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi Two years ago, I was talking to a middle-aged woman in Ekiti State about what could be done to support her daughter who had been a victim of sexual abuse. Her thirteen-year-old daughter had been exploited for quite some time by a local Pastor, under the pretext of giving her money to […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Heaven for Little Girls

LOUD WHISPERS: The Heaven for Little Girls

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi There is hardly much to cheer about these days with gloom and doom everywhere we look. I however let out a loud whoop when I heard that the actor known as ‘Baba Ijesha’ has been jailed for 16 years for the rape of a minor. Well done to all those who demanded and […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Shalaye Olympics

LOUD WHISPERS: Shalaye Olympics

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi ‘Shalaye Olympics’ is a slang I picked up from young people, something used to describe a lengthy process of explaining things – ‘Shalaye’ in Yoruba means ‘to explain’. I suppose ‘Shalaye Olympics’ can be interpreted to mean doing 100, 200, 400 meters relay, hurdles and long-jump, throwing in some wrestling, boxing and swimming, […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The WhatsApp Nostradamus

LOUD WHISPERS: The WhatsApp Nostradamus

  Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi ‘I stand to be quoted, we will lose the election with a very wide margin if it is the SSG that is chosen going by what people are saying in the State’ ‘Ma, with what’s happening in the State, we can’t win with the emergence of the SSG even if we spend trillions……’ […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Psalm 91

LOUD WHISPERS: Psalm 91

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi ‘He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the almighty I will say to the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in him will I trust Surely, he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler and from the […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Disappointing The Naysayers

LOUD WHISPERS: Disappointing The Naysayers

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi I am exhausted and my feet hurt. Yesterday I spent nine hours dancing on a truck. Today it was only four and a half hours because I had to catch a flight. It was a Women’s Road show round Ekiti State to promote our candidate for the next Gubernatorial election on June 18th, […]

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