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MAKING IT BETTER: A Time For Celebration!

Dear beloved, much appreciated Above Whispers readers, this has indeed been a joyous fortnight for me for a few reasons. I start with the very successful launch of our very own Erelu Olabisi Adeleye-Fayemi’s book Above Whispers, which I had the good fortune to be a part of. The icing on the cake was meeting […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Being Present

LOUD WHISPERS: Being Present

I could not stop jumping up and down last week Wednesday when I got a WhatsApp message on my phone. I stared at the images over and over and kept jumping, laughing, almost screaming in my excitement. The message was a set of images from the printing press where my new book ‘Loud Whispers’ was […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Hunting The Hunter

LOUD WHISPERS: Hunting The Hunter

I would like to first apologise for the delay in posting this week’s Loud Whispers. I usually finish the first draft of my articles by Saturday evening, then I give it a few more reads and make corrections till it is time to post on Sunday night. I was very pleased with myself that I […]

NIGERIA@57: Love, Hate or Confused

NIGERIA@57: Love, Hate or Confused

Nigeria is an awesome country. It is a place of rich history, endless opportunity, amazing resilience with an inexplicable capacity to absorb shocks that have splintered many a nation. As Nigeria marks its 57th year of independence from British colonial rule, here are 57 things that make you love or hate Nigeria, or simply leave […]

LOUD WHISPERS: When The Devil Buys A Seat

LOUD WHISPERS: When The Devil Buys A Seat

On Sunday August 6th, St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ozubulu community, Anambra State was the scene of an unspeakable tragedy. Just as the early morning mass was about to start the ‘Prayer of the faithful’, the service was brought to a halt by an attack from gunmen which left twelve worshippers dead and several more […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Tears For The Victim. Cheers For The Survivor.

LOUD WHISPERS: Tears For The Victim. Cheers For The Survivor.

As she lost consciousness on the doomed Sosoliso flight on December 10th 2005, Kechi Okwuchi went into a deep void. She did not know exactly what had happened till she woke up in her hospital bed in Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg. Her condition was so bad that she had to be placed in an induced coma. […]

The Rare Diamond: A Tribute To Gloria Ogunbadejo At Sixty

The Rare Diamond: A Tribute To Gloria Ogunbadejo At Sixty

Many times, we wonder why it takes the finality of death for people to get the appreciation they so richly deserve. Perhaps it is because in death, all sins are forgiven and achievements are extolled over and over, all so we can give the dearly departed a befitting send off. Today I am delighted to […]

LOUD WHISPERS: John’s Café

LOUD WHISPERS: John’s Café

There is a very busy diner in New York on 2nd Avenue known as John’s Café. I started visiting John’s in the 1990s when my late older friend Joana Foster, who passed away recently, introduced me to the place. John’s is very close to the United Nations, so this means whenever I attend the annual […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The First Class Citizen (Buchi Emecheta 1944-2017)

LOUD WHISPERS: The First Class Citizen (Buchi Emecheta 1944-2017)

On 25th January 2017, a vibrant citizen of the world and a great daughter of Africa, Florence Onyebuchi Emecheta, was called home at the age of 73. Born into a humble Igbo family on 21st July 1944 in Lagos, she grew up knowing that she was expected to go through life as a ‘Second Class […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Lost Angels

LOUD WHISPERS: The Lost Angels

A few days ago, I received a message on WhatsApp from a friend. There was a video he wanted me to look at and do something about. I don’t like it when I am bombarded with dozens of meaningless videos, photos and other visuals on WhatsApp, but I have resigned myself to their inevitability. I […]