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...
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.
|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!
Written by: David Williams (Davespare)
Edited by: Bankole Kolawole (BankHALL)
(July 11, 2019.)
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