SOS POETRY SLAM 1.0
Silent Or Scream! Slam Of Sages...S.O.S!
SoundOfSages(SOS) Poetry Slam 1.0 might have come and gone but the memories linger longer than the ripples of water in the dancing tide by the sea side. It’s an experience the slammers, judges, Emcee, SOS crew, Programme Co-ordinator for the day (Benson C. Stephen ‘GrandBoss’; CEO TrueGospelZone), and even our Sound Engineer (DJ Stallion) are not willing to forget in a very long period of time.
The slam poets prove they’ve got what it takes to carry the emblems of a sage, individually and collectively; rolling and shooting words so wonderfully well that the Judges admitted they were “Sitting On Stones” at the sight and sounds that kept flowing from the audacious mouths of these seemingly youthful wor(l)d beaters and builders, such that all our three (3) judges stood up after the 1st Round, in search of Comfort stations to ease themselves from the battalion punchlines that had their skulls and bones giggling.
The 1st Round like the 2nd and 3rd was not too much of a surprise, as it was flawlessly won by Oloruntobiloba Abiodun (WriteHand) who came all the way from UNIBEN. Echebiri Gabriella Obianuju (BlueFlames), Oju Omamogho (Hummer) and Increase Nathaniel followed very closely with decimal points in between them.
This round was particularly held by nine (9) qualifiers (Toby Abiodun, Stephen McNaevets, Oju Omamogho, Increase Nathaniel, Echebiri Gabriella O. ‘Blueflames’, Joy Nnebuogo Nwanokwai ‘JYC’, Afolayan Michael Adekunle ‘Broken Words’, Chibuzo Nwokolo ‘N-Buzz’ and Njoku Paul Chibuike Henry ‘Fr33zin Paul’) from the initial fourteen (14) that ignited the kick from Round 1; blazing hot, with Flames smoking blue with her “Oxygen” love poem while Oju’s eyes almost caught fire as he caused the audience to repeat the refrain of his poem ‘we need no mess higher…”, setting the stage in a Segun Arinze’s trademark “no holds barred” momentum. Stephen ‘McNaevets Biscuits!’ as fondly echoed by his fans gave the audience a take-home delicacy from his super-sweet, sagacious tongue-sweetening “LOGIC” poem, earning the 2nd place with 25.3 points after Toby’s 27.5, edging past Oju Omaogho’s 25, Increase Nathaniel and BlueFlames’ 24.6 and 24.4 respectively.
Final Round came with a firmament, far-reaching than the proverbial burnt offering of Abel as Toby’s grit and wits had the Judges snapping fingers; slightly according his daring rendition above that of Biscuits, Increase and Oma with decimal points again separating the champion from the runner-ups. The thrilling, tear-dropping Flames could not win back the Judges with her award-winning “MAMA” piece that almost forced tears from the obviously empathetic Emcee.
The final score sheet read…
TOBY 28.5 MCNAEVETS 25.7
INCREASE 25.5 OMA 25.3
CONSOLATION PRIZE WINNERS
BEST PERFORMER OF THE DAY
BEST POEM OF THE DAY
“MAMA” BY ECHEBIRI GABRIELLA OBIANUJU (BLUEFLAMES)
MOST SPIRITUAL POEM (AS SPONSORED BY EGC MEDIA)
“INTRODUCTION” BY CHIBUZO NWOKOLO (N’BUZZ)
PoeTHICK Samurai had a blast on stage as the sacrificial poet, jeering the crowd with his “Vain Refrains” before the slam commenced officially. Paul Word; Winner of WarOfWords4 also added flavor, performing few lines from his slam winning “SOS” piece, after Round 3.
At the end of each Round, judges were made to perform; one judge per round, to add glamour, glitz, and of course provide the slam poets an opportunity to learn the art of spoken word poetry performance better, seeing some of their mentors on stage to their delight.
To further add to the rainbow’s seven, one of Nigeria’s best spoken word artiste, Soonest Iheanyichukwu Nathaniel (SIN), graced the stage, mesmerizing the audience with his famous piece “These Children”.
Hey, if you say “Poets are too reserved” to make Kaffy feel jealous with crazy dance steps, then you’re in for a long walk to freedom from such falacy, you just need to see videos from SOS POETRY SLAM 1.0 that might make you Silent or Scream, Stand On Stones, Shout Out Shhhhh... or Shiver On Shock!! Be on the lookout ...
More reviews on the slam performances and red carpet videos coming soon on www.rhay.info
Thanks for reading.
|Tobi Abiodun, McNaevets being charged by PoeTHICK Samurai.|
|PAUL WORD, THE 'SOS' EXPONENT|
|SOS curator, Bankole Kolawole presenting the winner's cheque to Tobi Abiodun, while Olayinka Samson Aremu (PoeTHICK Samurai) do some pep talks. BlueFlames, Ajijola Da Beloved and JYC celebrate with the winner|
|INCREASE NATHANIEL IN HIS ELEMENTS...|
|THE MAKING OF A CHAMPION|
|WUMI GEORGE , all the way from Akure-Ondo State, Nigeria.|
|3rd Runner-Up, Oju Omamogho (Hummer) with SOS interviewer|
|SOS Poetry Slam 1.0 champion; Tobi Abiodun at the red-carpet ground|
|Winner of Most Spiritual Poem of the day; Chibuzor Nwokolo (N'Buzz)|
|The Poetic Doctor- Igbor Clemency Green, one of the 3 pre-selected judges...|
|The Finalists - Left to Right: Tobi Abiodun, McNaevets, BlueFlames, Omamogho and Increase Nathaniel|
|Fr33zinPaul; one of the contestants doing his thing..|
|Increase Nathaniel grants an interview.|
|James Ademuyiwa, one of the 3 pre-selected judges (left) presenting a cheque to Increase Nathaniel, the second runner-up.|
|Stephen McNaevets with a member of SOS crew|
|Stephen McNaevets 'Biscuits'- the 1st Runner-up displaying his cheque with SIN|
|Soonest Iheaniyichukwu Nathaniel (SIN)|
|Bankole Kolawole (BankHALL), the curator speaking on the making of SOS POETRY SLAM 1.0|
|Contestant - SunSamPaul De Philosopher|