2015 was a great year for i2X Media Nigeria Limited. It was a lil bit tough, but it was still great. We held our usual monthly open mic poetry shows, did collaborations and successfully organised and hosted two major shows in the year i.e. Word Up Volume 9 and War Of Words Season 5 (Slam Poetry Competition).
What made 2015 great was that we had fewer shows but more international exposure than ever before. Our event War Of Words Season 5 was featured on the International Online media i.e. Bostonglobe.com, Yahoo News, nwcable.net etc.
The response has been awesome thus far. One of which is an invitation for “one of the contestants” (at War of Words 5) to come perform in Switzerland first quarter of 2016 (more details later).
Our vision is to create a vibrant Spoken Word Poetry Industry intriguing to the audience and poets alike; thus allowing creative individuals to earn a living from their poetic talents and skills. In this year 2015, our vision can be said to have been partly achieved with the swift increase in Poetry events all over Nigeria i.e. from 8 major poetry events annually to over 3 poetry events monthly. In addition, some of the young poets that have passed through our platforms rocked the stages of major events both within and outside Nigeria.
The reception to our Spoken Word events has greatly improved, as attendance at our events is an aggregate of over 3,000 people. And with our real time twitter updates, online video streaming and post event activities (videos, pictures and event reports) we have over 10,000 people listening, watching and enjoying our events.
In 2015, we also started a poetry social media community – www.warofwordsng.com, where people from all over the world partake in our online performance poetry competitions, upload their poetry video and audio files, watch poetry videos, and also, listen to “poetry on the go” from their mobile phones.
Poetry is not what we do, it is who we are. Poetry is our passion, poetry is our love, poetry is our world, but poetry is also a tool. It is a tool to increase literacy level, a means of communication among people across the globe, a means of livelihood for creative individuals and a genre of entertainment for the populace.
For us, Poetry has always been a tool to empower the individuals who might otherwise have been powerless to express him or her creative abilities. In 2016, we will continue in this light, because it is all about “YOU” and we want you to excel.
So we are marching into 2016 with heads held high and joy in our hearts, knowing that no matter how tough the outlook of the Nation, we are set to “officially” birth the Spoken Word Poetry industry in Nigeria. We already have Switzerland in the bag, and there are much more to come in this year.
We could not have done all what we did without God and you. So for your help, support, kind words and contributions, we say THANK YOU. We will take also time to appreciate you all in subsequent updates.
I2X means Inspired to Xcel, and in this 2016, we will ensure……………YOU EXCEL.
Thank you and God bless. Amen.
For: i2X Media Company Limited