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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: 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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

LOUD WHISPERS: We Are Still Here

LOUD WHISPERS: We Are Still Here

(In commemoration of International Women’s Month 2021) Please don’t look for us, we are not lost We have not been stolen away We are still here Even when they came for so many of us And shoved us into the deep belly of the devil There are still enough of us left We are still […]

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 […]

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