Widely regarded as one of Nigeria’s leading Spoken Word Poets, Efe Paul has been a headline performer in many of the nation’s premier performance poetry venues, including Anthill 2.0 and Taruwa. For over a decade, Efe has continued to deliver Spoken Word Poetry locally and internationally, gracing platforms at seminars, workshops, conferences, tertiary institutions, community development fora, as well as churches.
Reflecting the sufferings evident in numerous African societies and the hope that keeps them going, Efe Paul’s poems resonate with the high and the low, cutting across social and religious boundaries. His poems are centered on socio-economic and political themes and are enhanced by a strong voice, keeping his audiences entranced for the full length of his performances.
The Poet, Donna
Donna is Nigerian – and proud of it.
She is a Senior Associate in Nigeria’s leading internationally recognized law firm, “Adepetun, Caxton-Martins, Agbor & Segun” (www.acas-law.com). She is a legal/regulatory specialist with over 11 years of experience in extensive research and practice in Oil & Gas, Corporate Commercial, Labour, Property and Environmental law sectors. She is a high ranking member of the Energy and Project Finance Group of the Firm.
Donna, since childhood, has had an unwavering love for the arts, winning prizes in literature and fine arts in her secondary school, Atlantic Hall Co-Educational Secondary School. She started writing her thoughts at the young age of 13 and has not stopped since then.
Donna’s style of writing invokes a lot of imagery as she takes her audience on a vocal and imaginative journey through every poem she recites. She is often invited to recite poems written by other artistes who have favoured and enjoyed her creative style of delivery.
Her vision is to deploy words into the conscious self of every human being; cause them to pause, reflect and adjust the decisions they make which impact on their lives and on the lives of the people around them. She believes that change comes within the individual and that if thoughts and decisions are deployed effectively, then the resultant actions would eventually permeate the moral and social fibre of a community and the world at large – one individual, one thought, one decision at a time.
So Be It.
Bob Ekat is the author of “Tears from an Old Man’s Eyes”, and the winner of the Sentinel Centre Performance Poetry Prize. He is a co-initiator of the Pen Society, a literary organization which searches and refines new voices. In 2012, Bob’s book was one of the ten titles chosen by the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) for the Yusuf Alli Literary Campaign.
Bob has performed at notable poetry platforms, some of which are Word Slam, Word-up, Poetry Potter, Soul Storm, the US Consulate’s Read out loud, and even the Black Heritage Festival. He was contracted to write and perform a poem for Coca Cola at its 125th global anniversary.
He is currently the poetry facilitator for the Teenage Festival of Life (TFL).
Bob is a poet who writes as the muse leads, exploring themes of love, adventure, revolution and even the metaphysical. He simply is a poet.
War Of Words 2
(Slam Poetry Competition)
Date is Sunday December 15, 2013