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Lessons from Hannah

Lessons from Hannah

The 2023 Gubernatorial, National Assembly and State House of Assembly elections have been woefully unsatisfactory when it comes to the inclusion of women. No female Governor emerged (Senator Aisha Benani’s attempt is still ‘inconclusive’ in Adamawa State) and we now have less than 4% of women in the National Assembly, even less than the class […]

LOUD WHISPERS: If I Had My Way

LOUD WHISPERS: If I Had My Way

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi How many times have you heard people say, If I had my way……………. Then they would go ahead to list all those things they would do if they had the final say on the matter. Every one of us has such a list. This is mine. If I had my way, there would […]

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: 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: 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: 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: 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, […]

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: 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: 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 […]