Sunday, October 2, 2011

National Mirror - Poets, authors in word fest

The Goethe-Institut, Lagos in collaboration with Culture Advocates Caucus, CAC on Saturday, September 24, organised the regular Wordslam, one of its programmes which encompasses spoken word performances, poetry readings and open mic sessions.

According to Marc-Andre Schmachtel, Director, Geothe-Institut, this year’s Wordslam was being held “for the poets to give us a demonstration of their power”.

And what power that was as poets like Dagga Tolar (accompanied by students from a poetry workshop in Ajegunle); Cornerstone, Awoko, Iquo Eke, Onileagbon, Edaoto and Yemi Oyewo took the stage to thrill the audience at the Freedom Park, Lagos venue of the event.

Others who performed were Chuka Nnabuife of Compass Newspapers, Uche Uwadinachi, a surprise performance from Evelyn Osagie of The Nation Newspapers and from the quintessential Ben Tomoloju, who was the honoured guest poet. Most of the performances were accompanied by music from the band stand.

Mr. Tomoloju mounted the stage and had his first performance of spoken poetry with Yemi Oyewo, who doubled as the MC for the day. Oyewo spoke in Yoruba while Tomoloju interpreted. Then Tomoloju performed a song from his Songs for Nigeria album accompanied by Edaoto and earned himself a standing ovation.

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