The much talked about BATTLE OF WORDS POETRY SLAM has finally produced a winner in Odedokun Ibukun, popularly known as Penawd. The talented Poet whose poem ‘The Blacks Are The World” came 7th in the written stage emerged the winner in the thrilling contest, which took place at 28, Owokoniran Street, Surulere, Lagos, on the 29th July, 2017.
Adekunle Titus Adeolu, whose poem “Of This World” came second in the written stage merged second.
Toby Okonta, whose poem “We are the world” came first in the written stage came 3rd after he was initially tied on the same mark with SunSamPaul in third place.
Two minutes of another round of poetry put him in third position and SunSamPaul had to maintain fourth position.
Ogundare Adosede came fifth in the contest and hereby completes the five poets that will compete for poets SRAF Spoken-Word Artiste of the Year, where the winner of the slam will also be officially presented with his prize alongside other winners of SRAF competitions.
The panel of judges, which consist of Mr. Folu Agoi, Mr. Adeyeye Olumuyiwa, Mr. Olumide Holloway (King Olulu) and Miss. Cherry Entafield did a great job in the selection of the winner and there was no complain whatsoever from the audience who also felt the best poet won.
Added to the fun were music performances from Josh-Kamba, who took the audience to the seventh heaven with his electrifying and inspirational single “Right Back, JC also did “Jehovah na”, remembering the audience of the presence of God.
Smith SAN, also got the young people repeating ‘eh eh eh’ after him during the performance of his single “Spiritual”
Fr33zinPaul, Samuel Blue-Adonis, and Ajijola Beloved also showed they are masters of words with beautiful renditions of spoken-word.
The last performer of the day was ‘OluwaEche, who performed his wave making song, “Abeke mi”.
The winner of the slam will get his prize at the SRAF AWARD NIGHT later in the year and could also become the poet of the year if his votes could take him.
SRAF Management however apologizes to those that felt the prize should have been presented on the spot. They assure that the prizes, both for the winner of the winner of the poetry slam, their previous and subsequent competitions should not lose hope as they will be given their prizes at SRAF AWARD NIGHT.
They deny the claim that they just wanted to get popular by taking advantage of people’s talents and reasserted the fact that their vision is to appreciate talented people and make sure they earn from what they love to do