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Thursday, 11 July 2019

ABOUT POETRY INVASION 2019


The spoken word concert "POETRY INVASION' 19" which was held at Red-i Studio, Adeoti Street, Egbeda Lagos, Nigeria was more than just an event, it was indeed an invasion. Although scheduled for 3:00pm on Sunday 30th June 2019 was somewhat delayed and commenced at about 4:00pm on the said date.






Theresa Akpati "Oracle" delivering invasive lines
BwriteWord Spirit-filled ministration

Olubusola on fire



Birthday poetry recitation (L-R: Sissy and 78Psalmist)





It started with one of Lagos 'classiest" female Emcee; Sissy (CEO, Sissy Plans) the host alongside KC PWESH. It was however lovely that her birthday was on that same day, June 30th.  Sissy erupted a resounding applause from the audience with her heartwarming welcome speech; also dropping highlights on what POETRY INVASION promises to offer before she invited Bold Seth; a poet and spoken word artiste to lead in the opening prayer. To the amazement of everyone, his words of prayer took a poetic form! Hence, rather than just snapping of fingers, everyone had to bow heads to connect with the 'higher forces' as Bold Seth kept using words with bold fonts to pray. Poems can truly be prayers!




Mrs. Nkechi Kunle-Komolafe

The event took interesting dimensions every passing second. After the opening  prayer: Sissy remarked, that she felt something that she's never felt before while Seth was praying,  of course  many others from the congregation would not have been left out of this 'feeling'. Nevertheless, as necessity would have it, KC PWESH; the event's curator was invited to relay the aim of the event, as well as pray, and that was exactly what he did.

As if to say, Get-Set-To-INVADE - Otor Matthew, one of the Guest Ministers mounted the stage, invading hearts with his electric performance that left a  number of the audience with tears hovering around their eye balls. It is not out of place to state that, Otor's words got Sissy close to tears, as well as so many others from the congregation. OtorMatthew's ministration was followed by other  ministers ranking from spoken word poetry rendition to music. In all, the event was indeed an INVASION as God used people like Chidinmar Osigwe to talk against the effects of Masturbation which is fast becoming one common vice  among young people.


I will not forget to mention that Poetic Samurai, a Guest Minister likewise gave a fantastic performance that hit the nail on the head of depression, inspired by series of suicides and attempted suicides in the society, especially amongst young people. Mind-searching performances awed the congregation; and to be very particular; Ayomide Akintimehin got both guest ministers and the audience dancing passionately to the infectious melody oozing from his brand of simple and super-sweet saxophone music, pictures speak volume here...

Dancing time...

Tiwistar
, BwriteWord, Penawd, Queen Zionelle (crazy Soloist/Guitarist), BankHALL, Olubusola, and even the Oracle all with their unique styles of delivery made the Invasion worth the name tag..

Let me add that history will not forgive me if i fail to include the exploit of that poetic Punster (I guess you would be startled if I had to say that since it's a “Christocentric” gathering -what is a punster doing there?) Well, this person is known so far for the way he makes puns out of virtually every word he utters, he calls himself "78thPsalmist". His performance was exceptionally stunning. 78thPsalmist is in reality,  the Biblical Psalmist.


Poethic Samurai



Bold Seth

Inspirational Marvel
Dramatic BankHALL
Chidinmar Osigwe
Oyedokun Ibukun PENAWD



...master guitarist; Queen Zionelle on the strings...


Drawing the curtains for the day, beautiful moment for Sissy's birthday celebration anchored by that very articulate Musical Urban Poet; Bankole Kolawole "BankHALL:" (as fondly called) who himself was a Guest Minister. He gave interesting insights into  memories he had of the celebrant dating few years back, their journey of taking poetry around cities in Nigeria and lots more after which he gave room for 78thPsalmist to serenade the celebrant in a trademark funky punny style, effortlessly calling for this 'brotherly' or is it "Sissy..tally' hug from Sissy after his closing lines.

Sissy in a 'sisterly' hug with 78th Psalmist

Other side attractions include group photographs, cake cutting, dance, exchange of gifts. To say the least, every one present had a feel of "Agape Love" shown through poetry. 







As Jesus started and ended with prayer, POETRY INVASION wasn't an exception as  KC PWESH led the closing prayer with a closing remark, expressing gratitude for unflinching support to all attendees, Guest Couple of The Day Mr. and Mrs. Kunle Komolafe of Komsons Studio (the conveners of Wordaholics; a monthly sundry talent event) who also graced the event not only with their presence but also offering a succinct, insightful and soul searching talk on the theme "AGAPE" (This was delivered by Mrs. Komson.) He concluded, announcing that, what was seen as such an artistic flair from all  invited guest artistes is just an  'itsy-bitsy' of what is to come in the following year and I must confess, with this Yoruba saying a bow that moves its string backwards is coming with full force. Shalom!


(July 11, 2019.)

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Saturday, 5 January 2019

BARD LIFE; A PEEP INTO ADO-ODO OTA LCDA, OGUN STATE, NIGERIA.

This isn’t just the story of a little boy from one 1980 established Ado-Odo High School or that of a local champion, rather It is a step towards thousand more leaps into youth empowerment; lighting the proverbial match that burns a million miles, thousand of years...

Hon. Rotimi Arugbo with Poetic Samurai himself


African Michael Jackson- Bankole Kolawole (BankHALL) in his element alongside Mide-Fash


Prophet Babatunde offers Arugbo a warm handshake as Princess Akapo smile at the background.

I wouldn’t want to delve into ‘too much details’, though, the context demands same. Daring rationale behind hosting a ‘poetry-inclined’ event in a village where modern spoken word poetry is hardly heard of, save for local chants (ewi, ijala and the likes) is indeed unheard of, maybe unreasonable, but then, great ideas are usually laughable, weird at first instance. #HomeWord as the name connotes came from the ideology of bringing spoken word poetry homeward as expressed by her chief host, Olayinka Samson Aremu (The Samurai), himself, a product of Ado-Odo Local Council Development Area in Ogun State-Nigeria.

From an eye-witness narrative, an active participant and as co-facilitator, I must state here that HomeWord holds one memory I am not in a hurry to forget, at least for the next few decades. Peeping into this historic event, from the articulate master of ceremony, Babatunde Ayo Raphael to the near-perfect mix of rare discussions on sick and sic music, taking responsibility, building a career,  to rib-cracking comedy renditions, out-of-this-world traditional and contemporary poetry performances from Akinwemimo Idris "Poet Loaded"; the magical urban bard’s in-depth, filled-with-comic utterances to the dancing African Michael Jackson of the day; BankHALL alongside his Afrocentric diva; Mide-Fash, then Aditu Jesu, an A-List stand-up comedian from Faaji FM, it was a repertoire of art, life and a surprise to all, especially when viewed from the eyes of the town’s leading clergy, Prophet E. O. Babatunde, who was obviously impressed at show of untamed emotion shining in the eyes of almost every performing artiste that mounted the stage.


PoetLoaded Akinwemimo


RED CARPET SEGMENT



Aditu Jesu prostrates for the elder, Prophet Babatunde

Tomisn Osoba with Poetic Samurai
For me, one of those moments that held me spell-bound was that of Tomisin Osoba (daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Olaide and Tomide Osoba). This little girl is barely 10; her words speak a million language so much that High Table Guests were moved to dashing her cash prizes from right, left and center. It got Poetic Samurai leaping for excitement, fulfillment too. A brighter rewarding future awaits the ancient city of Ado-Odo. The little diva got an autographed of Funke Awodiya’s poetry collection, - "Farmer’s Daughter" too.

The live musical performance from that sublime soloist, Fabiyi Ayodele AKA Sunfab Darichest, is not unnoticed. The love note in his song is a didactic tune to turn lust to love and turn lost love around.




It will amount to understating the power of brilliance, eloquence, angry determination of that bad boy gone bard if I fail to mention the impeccable audacity of “omo Iya Alagbo” (the herbs merchant)’s shining sun, convener of #HomeWord, Poetic Samurai’s eye-catching, insightful, yet entertaining spoken word poetry renditions.  He was made to perform several poems from the archive in his head, one of which had this indigenous Yoruba undertone, in a sing-song manner, he chanted, "Oku Abacha ti a lo, ain! Won o ti e to shia rara, ain!, won o ti e se raisi rara, ain! ori eni ti a joko si e, ni be l’ama yagbe si" (the funeral of Abacha we attended, there was no chair, rice or drink….we had to sit  and ‘shit’  on mats..), causing the audience to sing along with thunderous applause from the sitting, current democratically elected chairman of Ado-Odo LCDA, Engr. Saeed Olabisi Alagbe, along side other equally important dignitaries like Hon. Rotimi Rahmon Arugbo, Princess Temitope Akapo, all offering a standing ovation to this little shining super star! I do not envy him here.

We had a wild time criss-crossing the streets of Ado-Odo, taking pictures and short videos at some historic junctions with Dr. Olufunke Awodiya; one of Nigeria’s most travelled poetess who coincidentally happens to be an indigene from the clan of Ido-Elero by maternal right, like me too from Idosaye. Wonderful moments captured in pictures and videos at random, See video here - https://www.facebook.com/soslams/videos/1369886743154327https://www.facebook.com/soslams/videos/1369886743154327//



Let’s do more at the next edition, Sound Of Sages (SOS) will be putting all hands on deck to ensure an even much more remarkable experience at #Homeword 0.2

The journey has just began, Aremu, a mouse trap cannot stop an elephant, itakun to ni k’erin re o ma wodo, tohun terin ni o lo.

Bankole Kolawole “BankHALL”
Poet, Essayist, Performance Coach based in Lagos, Nigeria.


PS:
Poet Loaded Akinwemimo Idris (Editor-in-chief, Nibstears Press)  had this to say of #Homeword:
The next edition of the event would be greater than the first edition due to the exposition of the first edition brought to the town of which stimulated the gathering of the youth to share the same idea at a point in time. The best way to address the heart of youth is through constant gathering and repetition of the school of thought the youth are being expected to channel their reasoning.
In addition to this, the first edition woke the political spirit of the youth who were in attendance. The presence of political leaders is a re-awakening evidence of the dividends of peaceful politics for the growth of Ado-Odo community. It would definitely give the youth the medium to have second reasoning on the medium to remove hinderances to the growth of the community without considering the political perspectives and school of thought. It was really a place to be for Nibstears Press.


Tuesday, 18 December 2018

SOS POETRY SLAM 3.0 - WHERE MENTEES MEET MENTORS…


MEDIA RELEASE FOR BEAUTY OF WORDS/SOS POETRY SLAM 3.0

What an afternoon of mesmerizing renditions, from the tongue of that poetically drunk master of ceremony; Cephas, passed unto the lips of young minds blowing the mic hot!


Sound Of Sages (SOS) in collaboration with thePoetryCourt (tPC) held the third edition of her annual poetry, music and sundry talent event on Saturday, the 8th of December, 2018 inside Shogunle Town Hall, around Oshodi Isolo LGA in Lagos Nigeria. The much publicised event officially commenced after beautiful red carpet moments as anchored by  pretty, petite Miss Amaka for TGZ RADIO, followed by recitation of the first stanza of Nigeria’s National Anthem at about 1:35pm as anchored by the only drunk comic rave of the moment,  Cephas: one hell of a hard-working, faithful monk as he calls himself.



Kormbat


The first performance for the day was by Emmanuel Kormbart Jolayemi, a first class Computer Science graduate from Babcock University,
Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria who got the audience screaming to his trademark computer-inclined piece, titled “Sex Trafficking”, opening the gate for the day’s main activity, the SOS POETRY SLAM 3.0 that had a total number 16 contestants, in no particular order: Oludasa Olawale, Mahi Adedare, iAmEmmanuel, BabaJay, Joseph, Agholor Precious, Yusuf Balogun Gemini, CP Kings, BWriteWord, 78thPsalmist, Testimony Jesutofunmi, Alberto_Okuti, Dee Wordsmith, Titi Matthews, Kada shammah and the only female contestant, Akpati Theresa “Oracle”, all for a three (3) round bout with an estimated audience population of a hundred and twenty (120).

BWrite
Oracle



De Wordsmith
Yusuf Balogun







Mahi Adedare


For the first round of two minutes each, Oludasa Olawale, CP Kings,78th Psalmist, Gemini were few of the  slam poets that got the judges applause with their words, performance and crazy signature styles. Unlike the first round that had 16 contestants recite a poem each on any theme of their choice, the 10 surviving contestants at the second round were to center their poems around “POLICE THE POLLS” after which 5 of them made it to the last round; Oludasa, CP Kings, 78 Psalmist, Balogun Yusuf Gemini and of course, the newly crowned Wordaholics Mini Poetry Slam Champion of The Year 2018, the only female contestant, Akpati Theresa Isioma ‘ORACLE’.

Winner, Oludasa.

The event grid, to douse the tension, had spot-on spoken word poetry performances from veteran Nigerian Spoken Word Poets like Soonest Iheaniyichukwu Nathaniel (SIN), Paul Word, Ajibola Habeeb da Beloved, Layo Simeon (founder of POETRY ALIVE), Kayode Azeez, in between, before the slam last round and a surprise 8-year old wonder kid, Treasure Obi,  she blew the minds of the audience with her amazing confident eloquence behind the microphone.

Panel of Judges





At the last round, Olawale Oludasa, the eventual winner made the obviously entertained audience scream so loud with his ground-breaking signature performance – OMO MUSHIN OLOSHA RISE!

Then the presentation of dummy cheques for winners by three out of the four sitting judges; MR SOONEST NATHANIEL(who replaced MR. JAMES ADEMUYIWA in between), MISS LAYO SIMEON AND MRS IQUO DIANA-ABASI, followed by a short announcement by Sound Of Sages (SOS) curator, Bankole Kolawole ‘BankHALL’, that the winner, Oludasa Olawale has won for himself a free video shoot of his signature piece, *OMO MUSHIN OLOSHA RISE*, a customized t-shirt with the inscription ‘Greatest Spoken Word Poet Of All Time' as sponsored by BOOM Poetry, then four books written by *IQUO DIANA ABASI* for BEST PERFORMER OF THE DAY award. He added that the best three (3) poems for the day will be posted on SOS blog site with a prize to be given to the eventual winner.



L-R: Mr. Soonest Nathaniel presenting the 2nd Runner-up cheque to CP Kings


The dummy cheques had the names and total prize money for the top three contestants in this order: -
Winner - Oludasa Michael Olawale N25,000 (Twenty-five Thousand Naira)
1st Runner-Up: Balogun Yusuf Gemini N15,000 (Fifteen Thousand Naira)
2nd Runner-Up: Okpara Oghenesuvwe "CP Kings" N10,000 (Ten Thousand Naira)

Miss Lara Simeon presents 1st Runner-up cheque to Balogun Yusuf while SOS Curator, Bankole Kolawole (extreme left) looks on


The event came to a close with red carpet interviews amid dancing and networking, as  members of the audience got refreshed with delicious snacks, pet drinks as parting gifts at about 5:40pm.


L-R: Mrs Iquo Diana-Abasi presents Winner's cheque to Oludasa Olawale


Thanks for reading.


Bankole Kolawole
Authorized Signatory


PS: *Poetry Alive*; a theatre arts company that specializes in performance poetry around tertiary institutions in Nigeria have indicated interest to mentor and manage  a number of shortlisted poets(contestants) at SOS POETRY SLAM 3.0, details shall be communicated in due time.

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