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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, […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Their Children. Our Children

LOUD WHISPERS: Their Children. Our Children

‘There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children’- Nelson Mandela. I was going through my Facebook page last week, and I came across the story of a woman in Ado-Ekiti who was living in dire circumstances. Shortly after, one of my staff members sent […]

LOUD WHISPERS: ‘There Are No Strangers Here’

LOUD WHISPERS: ‘There Are No Strangers Here’

Brenda staggered through the streets, her eyes smarting from the smoke of the vehicles and tyres burning around her. The sounds were so loud and piercing, after a while, she did not hear them anymore. ‘Maybe this is what the end of the world feels like’ she thought as she was shoved by a screaming […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Rivers Of Blood

LOUD WHISPERS: Rivers Of Blood

Malomo looked at the young man sitting before him and thought about how to respond to his request. This was not the first one to come to him, asking for a money charm. Malomo learnt the arts of divination, healing and the use of herbs from when he was a young boy of six. His […]