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LOUD WHISPERS: Setting The Record Straight

LOUD WHISPERS: Setting The Record Straight

On Monday September 9th, I began the Obirinkete Tour, for the purposes of advocacy, community engagement and empowerment in all the sixteen local governments of Ekiti State. The first two visits on Monday went according to plan -hugely successful and peaceful. On Tuesday September 10th we were billed to visit three local governments – Moba, […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Library Card

LOUD WHISPERS: The Library Card

It has been thirty-three 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 suit was […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Shameful Harvests

LOUD WHISPERS: Shameful Harvests

One evening in 2003, I had a long telephone conversation with an American friend of mine. When I got off the phone, I was in such distress that I could not hold back my tears. I was shocked and angry at what I had heard during our discussion. I had known this friend (who I […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Shame

LOUD WHISPERS: Shame

Shame: A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior Shameless: A lack of shame, especially about something generally considered unacceptable There is a cultural practice in parts of Yorubaland, mostly modern-day Ondo and Ekiti States. Every year, around the time of the New Yam festivals, communities come […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Great ‘Stiwanist’

LOUD WHISPERS: The Great ‘Stiwanist’

Professor Omolara Ogundipe-Leslie (1940-2019) For the past couple of days, there have been heated arguments for and against the actions of a certain young man on a domestic flight in Nigeria. The young man in question found out that his assigned window seat in business class was occupied by the almost mythical Professor Wole Soyinka. […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Before The Next Eulogy

LOUD WHISPERS: Before The Next Eulogy

I saw a video a few days ago, it was shown to me by one of the female lawyers who helps me deal with cases of gender based violence. It was a recording of a young woman, stark naked, bleeding and pleading, I will call her Mary. There was blood all over the bed Mary […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Carrying And Dropping Bags

LOUD WHISPERS: Carrying And Dropping Bags

As I celebrate my 56th birthday today, June 11th, I give gratitude to God Almighty. I have so many reasons to be grateful. I am grateful for my beloved husband, my amazing son, my siblings, my wonderful mother who is enjoying the fruits of her labour and my health. I am grateful for the nieces, […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Praying Or Preying?

LOUD WHISPERS: Praying Or Preying?

In 2016, I wrote an article, ‘When will ‘Servants of God’ stop preying on women and children? Five Lessons from the ‘Reverend’ Kingsley Ezeugo Saga’. Almost on a daily basis, there are reports about religious leaders abusing members of their congregation. This problem is a global one, and has been around for a long time, […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Remembering Tajudeen Abdulraheem

LOUD WHISPERS: Remembering Tajudeen Abdulraheem

On May 25th 2009, Dr Tajudeen Abdulraheem, one of the greatest thinkers, activists, Pan-African leaders and scholars of our generation died in a car accident in Nairobi, Kenya. Taju was a dear brother and friend. One of his most enduring legacies was his deep commitment to the Pan-African vision. As we celebrate May 25th, Africa […]

LOUD WHISPERS : Clapping With One Hand

LOUD WHISPERS : Clapping With One Hand

I am delighted to have been asked to deliver the 5th Distinguished Guest Lecture here at the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo. I am particularly pleased that the University has chosen to devote this year’s lecture to the issue of women’s education, leadership and national development, a topic that is very close to my heart. […]

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