Summer of Expressions with Brainbox is a social-emotional learning program designed to help young people within the ages of 15 and 25 become leaders, from discovering self and using the knowledge to better their lives. Over the last few years, Brainbox has worked with at least 500 teenagers around the country from the shyest to the most exuberant and it’s been a wonderful experience enabling them gain access to their inner strength and express judgments on personal or social issues, thus changing the world around them.
For 3 days meeting with the spoken word artist and a team of social facilitators, literary giants and impact consultants, participants will experience inspiration and growth through storytelling, performance poetry, mentorship, good music, social awareness and adventure board games. There will also be a special writing workshop under the Words, Rhymes and Rhythm’s CSR, YouthENGAGE, particularly for those that demonstrate literary ability. So participants can come along with their creative works for improvement. Other amazing features of the encampment include open reading sessions, social brainstorming with NULAI NIGERIA (Amber Alert for Social Justice) and a spoken word/page poetry competition levered with gifts and cash awards.
Summer of Expressions with Brainbox is birthed by Impact Speaks and primarily endorsed by WordUp411, Sevhage publishers, Decipher Solutions, Egunec Education Support Foundation and Nelson Williams Promotions, organizers of Nigerian Teens Choice Awards.
Spaces are limited and registration is #1,500 per participant – payable at the venue or call 08090749064, 07030801379. Fee covers for all 3 days + free tickets to the SOE 16’ Alfresco CONCERT. Follow @brainboxpoet on Instagram for updates.
Venue: Millennium Park, Maitama, Abuja.
Date: 25-27 August, 2016
Time: 9AM-2PM daily
Participants (Estimated): 100
Hashtag: #SOE16, #Summerofexpressions16
Born Valentine Onyeka Ogunaka, the Brainbox is the founder and president of the emerging youth nonprofit, Impact Speaks, headquartered in Abuja, Nigeria. In the summer of 2015, he helped create and lead the Summer of Expressions (SOE15) project that traveled to Kaduna to help kids tell their own stories and empower them to transform themselves and their communities through Spoken Word.
Brainbox, who currently holds Peace and Liberty Ambassadorship with Masterpeace Nigeria and African Liberty Organization for Development respectively is a well versed performer highly revered for his powerful messages and the influence on young people. Appearing as guest speaker-performer alongside former Nigerian Minister, Oby Ezekwesili and legendary broadcaster, Cyril Stober at the 2016 FCT Spelling Bee, he chose to say that his “duty is to inform and inspire for impact!