Bankole Kolawole, popularly known as BanKoL is a young graduate of Accounting from the prestigious University of Lagos. Born in the mid 80s into a conservative Yoruba-speaking family in Lagos-Nigeria.
He’s an ardent lover of words who enjoys jamming words together to produce a fascinating effect; such was his growing obsession for poetry and Spoken Word which almost always replaces his affection for Accountancy anytime the need for comparison arises.
BanKoL officially started spoken word poetry performance at Chill &Relax(an open-mic monthly spoken word event organized by Plumbline) in Lagos few years ago.
The performance of BanKoL is often times uniquely characterized with spellbound melodramatic gesticulations with occasional use of intentional pauses where appropriate; compelling his audience to stay glued to him like spectators to a thrilling ‘El-Classico’ final football match.
He has also performed at churches, mini-social events, etc. BanKoL, aside from the conventional hip-hop infested spoken word performance common in this part of the world, infuses deep indigenous idioms and proverbs into his art.
BanKoL is a co-founder of Love’s Den Initiative(a growing NGO), a member
of Words, Rhymes and Rhythm(WRR); an online poetry college, and a member of
NaijaStories. His hobbies aside writing are dancing, Compere, football and acting.
Bankol is one of the Slam Poets that will be on stage at War Of Words 4 come November 29, 2014.
He says, “I will jam words together to produce a fascinating effect .”
We will see how effective this will work out at “War Of Words 4 – THE FINAL SHOWDOWN .” (Nigeria’s foremost Slam Poetry Competition).
Up for grabs are:
First Prize: N100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira)
Second Prize: N20,000.00
Third Prize: N10,000.00
The top 3 poets also get to perform at the next Word Up Volume 9 (#WordUpVol9) in February 2015.
Date is Saturday November 29, 2014
Time is from 2.00 pm.
Venue is TerraKulture, Plot 1376 Tiamiyu Savage off Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos.
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