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LOUD WHISPERS: In Dire Need of Scapegoats

LOUD WHISPERS: In Dire Need of Scapegoats

In November 2018, I wrote an article about the death of Ochanya Ogbanje after many years of abuse at the hands of her Uncle, his son, and her Aunt who acted as an enabler. Due to the huge outcry when it happened, I had hoped that Ochanya would get justice and her death would not […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Living Dangerously

LOUD WHISPERS: Living Dangerously

In the year 2020, during the COVID19 lockdowns, I got a call from an NGO working with young people in Nigeria. Someone had contacted them to draw attention to the plight of a female student in a tertiary institution who was being blackmailed by one of her classmates. She had been manipulated into sending nude […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Before The Next Eulogy

LOUD WHISPERS: Before The Next Eulogy

A few years ago, I wrote a Loud Whispers essay called ‘Before the Next Eulogy’. It was about breaking the culture of enablement around gender-based violence. The recent death of the talented gospel singer Osinachi Nwachukwu after years of domestic violence is so painful because of its predictability. My maternal grandfather was known as a […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Anger In Four Parts

LOUD WHISPERS: Anger In Four Parts

I am angry. On a scale of one to ten, my anger is a twenty. I am furious, irate, enraged, any word you can think of that gets the message across. I have often written and spoken about Anger as being a necessary ingredient for motivation. My use of the word Anger in this context […]

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: Even The Devil Should Be Ashamed

LOUD WHISPERS: Even The Devil Should Be Ashamed

Even the Devil himself would be ashamed at some of the things that have been done in his name lately.  When murderers and sexual predators are caught, they often claim that ‘it is the devil’s work’. Perhaps it is time for the devil to start issuing disclaimers. The devil now seems to have authorised a […]

LOUD WHISPERS: My Christmas Gift

LOUD WHISPERS: My Christmas Gift

I have not written for almost three months now. It is the longest break I have taken from writing since 2016 when I started the Loud Whispers column for my Above Whispers website. I did not make a conscious decision to take a break, it just happened. On October 5th, I lost a very good […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Peace

LOUD WHISPERS: Peace

In July 2000, I spent one week in Monrovia, Liberia. It felt like three months. I was based in London at the time, working with AMwA, an international development organization for African women. We established an African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI) in 1996 which I have written about a number of times here. The AWLI […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Timelessness Of Scandal

LOUD WHISPERS: The Timelessness Of Scandal

I just came across a video and story of how a man somewhere in Ghana was making advances on a sixteen-year-old school girl on a public bus. The girl was trying to avoid him but he was persistent. There were two older women on the bus listening. When they had heard enough, they asked the […]

The Twenty-Six-Year-Old Speech: ‘Building A New House’

The Twenty-Six-Year-Old Speech: ‘Building A New House’

In August 1995, I attended the United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing. I took part in many activities at Beijing, the highlight was addressing one of the daily plenaries at the NGO Forum with a packed audience of thousands of women. This is the speech I gave at a plenary on diversity in […]