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Make Poetry Pay Profit (a new book by Olumide Holloway)

Why me write? I write not cos I'm right or plan to turn white. Me write cos while me on earth, what me gonna do with...

In 2018, its all about Capacity Building using Spoken Word Poetry – i2X Media...

For over 5 years, we have remained passionate about building capacity for new poets. Over 300 poets have passed through our platforms and gone...

Dear Poetry Newbies: feeling the stage fright and doing it anyway

If you’ve read What’s The Deal With Poetry Readings?, then you know that I encourage people to read their poetry aloud at every possible opportunity...

How to recite a Poem by Jough Dempsey

  Traditionally poetry has been an oratory art. It is only recently, since the advent of the printing press, that poetry has been read more...

The Airport by Wayne Samuel #WOWAfrica

https://youtu.be/FWJvOJFb8kE I had baggage, I don't know why I packed it, but I had baggage and now I'm paying for it. I came here to you to get away...

WELL OF INNOCENCE

You promised me! You said it last week “This is the last time.” You promised me! But here you are again Creeping in the dark Knocking on my door While daddy...

They Say I Live In A Free Country

https://youtu.be/r7TPMs7ZfV0 Night of the Spoken Word (NSW) Season 5

The MADE IN NIGERIA Show Returns to Lagos this June 2018

Dear friend, MADE IN NIGERIA is a Poetry Show that’s been touring the country since October 2016. What we are doing is this. If a...

No Culture is Older than Being Human | Dike Chukwumerije | TEDxMaitama

https://youtu.be/OYq0fxnpjp0   Dike Chukwumerije is a writer, author, and Performance Poet. He won the African Poet (Nigeria) National Poetry Slam in 2012. His novel ‘The African...

To Publish or Not to Publish Performance Poetry by Katie Ailes

Being a performance poet means fantastic live exposure: one can interact with the audience, contextualise poems through between-poem chat, adapt the set for the...

The Functions of Poetry

It may seem that only someone with a crassly utilitarian view of poetry could talk of its “functions,” as if it were a building...

Is it OK to perform another poet’s work? by Katie Ailes

Recently a friend asked me an excellent, difficult question concerning reproductions of spoken word poems and the ethics of performing someone else’s poem. Her...

Heritage Bank Poetry Competition is on – #LightTomorrowWithToday

To celebrate Children's Banking Month, Heritage Bank is organizing a poetry competition for children, with fantastic prizes to be won. Children (7-15 years old) will...

Blueprint for a Breakthrough by Shane Koyczan || Poetry

https://youtu.be/aV805a2XJgA Shane Koyczan shares his extraordinary blueprint for a breakthrough and breaks open hearts, minds and attitudes with his unlimited gift of poetry, storytelling and...

The danger of silence | Clint Smith | Spoken Word Poetry

https://youtu.be/NiKtZgImdlY "We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don't," says slam...

This is How We Disappear by Titilope Sonuga

https://youtu.be/JbLwsLYrjzw Titilope Sonuga performs This Is How We Disappear at the July 30th Finale of the Open Series in Lagos

Aristotle by Clint Smith (Spoken Word Poetry)

https://youtu.be/U6lifKTbFTw A poem by Clint Smith (DC Region Corps, Teach For America, 2011) Watch the documentary 'Tell your truth' here: vimeo.com/113489704 Clint Smith and his students help...