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LOUD WHISPERS: That Time of The Year

LOUD WHISPERS: That Time of The Year

It happens every January. I have what feels like a ton of bricks weighing me down, and sometimes when I wake up, I feel as if I have been sleeping under a trailer. As the month draws to an end, the feeling starts to lift, but it never totally disappears, till the next year comes. […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Magun

LOUD WHISPERS: Magun

Happy New Year! Only a few days have gone by in this new year and it already feels like weeks. Just as we were trying to get over the end of year stress, we heard the news of an alleged Native Doctor in Ikere-Ekiti who passed away after an entanglement with someone’s wife. Word on […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Awareness, Accountability and Action

LOUD WHISPERS: Awareness, Accountability and Action

It has been my pleasure to serve as the Chair of Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum (NIGWF) from June 2020-October 16th 2022. One of the many lessons I learnt was that on our own as individual State First Ladies we do impressive work, but together, we are formidable. In June 2020, at the height of the […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Where Are You From?

LOUD WHISPERS: Where Are You From?

Where are you from? Please don’t ask me where I am from I am here because you were here there and everywhere so now I have a right to be here there and everywhere. I wrote the above lines as the introduction to a speech I gave in 1995 about gender, race and identity within […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Dear Minister, Let’s Talk About Sex (Again)

LOUD WHISPERS: Dear Minister, Let’s Talk About Sex (Again)

Dear Honourable Minister for Education, I trust all is well with you sir. I hope you do not mind my writing this public letter to you. I thought that since this is a matter of national importance, and the position you have taken is public knowledge, I should table my concerns publicly as well. I […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Be Better. Do Better

LOUD WHISPERS: Be Better. Do Better

Compliments of the season. In spite of the many hassles of putting the ‘logistics’ (money, food, gifts and so on) in place for Christmas in the community, I like being at home in Isan-Ekiti during the festive season. Amongst other things, it gives me an opportunity to eat pounded yam at last twice in one […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Please Stop!

LOUD WHISPERS: Please Stop!

Please stop! I just saw a five-year-old girl dancing at her birthday party on a thick carpet of dollars and Naira Please stop! That was after seeing the little boy of no more than four, wearing a ‘Billion Dollar Gang’ neck chain, swigging from what looked like a bottle of beer while his mother twerked […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Damn It!

LOUD WHISPERS: Damn It!

Every year, we commemorate the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender based Violence from November 25th-December 10th. Each year policy makers, politicians, civil society organisations, women’s rights activists, community leaders and many stakeholders raise their voices and pledge to do what they can. Till the next year. This is an article I wrote in […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Online In-Laws

LOUD WHISPERS: The Online In-Laws

I don’t know if you read it I did The story about how a woman could not get pregnant She sought out her Pastor for counselling He dropped his trousers for divine anointing of her womb He instructed her to go straight home to her husband and get him to do the needful God would […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Let Us Pay Attention

LOUD WHISPERS: Let Us Pay Attention

A beautiful young woman with a lot of promise went over the bridge into the lagoon. Just like that. She had to have been in a terribly dark place to have ended her own life. The number of people ending their lives because they feel alone, helpless and worthless is on the rise. As Africans, […]

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