“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” -Plato
“Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself.” – William Hazlitt
“To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.” -Robert Frost
“Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.” -Edgar Allan Poe
“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” -Robert Frost
“Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them.” – Dennis Gabor
“Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.” – Thomas Gray
Word Up (Spoken Word Poetry Event) is all about the above and much more. WORD UP is arguably the biggest Spoken Word Poetry Event in Nigeria, and as a platform it has attracted poets from across the globe. Previous editions of WORD UP had poets from Namibia, England and America who came to grace the stage. We also featured celebrities who come on stage to read, recite and/or perform poems. The event accommodates both A-list and talented budding poets.
WORD UP is a quarterly Spoken Word Poetry event which holds February, May, August and November of every year. The event’s first episode was in August 2012, and six editions have been held so far.
In May 2013, we brought in an internationally renowned Spoken Word Poet (Shihan Van Clief; a prominent performer on Russell Simmon’s the Def Poetry Jam) for Word Up Volume 4 and the experience was awesome. Our last edition, Word Up Volume 6, held on November 23, 2013 and was centered around the United Nation’s “International day for the elimination of violence against women,” with the theme, “Stop the violence.”
For this first quarter of 2014, we present: WORD UP Volume 7, with the theme, “Let’s talk about LOVE” to accentuate the love season.
This event will feature some of the top Spoken Word Poets in Nigeria such as:
Dike Chukwumerije, Benny Finisher, Plumbline, Olulu, Obii, Atilola, Titi Mabogunje (16 year old poet), Increase (15 year old poet), Bob Ekat, Uche Uwadinachi, Ndukwe Onuoha, Sheila Ojei, Tofarati, Chika Jones, Shegzrhymyz, Ehiz d poet, D Ray, and Soonest
Soul Music will be provided by Aduke and Tejumade
Official Deejay: Dj Swaggz
Emcees: Duvy and Don Fabrino
It will be a day of pure poetic delight in words and sound.
Venue is Rodizzio Hall (behind the restaurant), 29 Isaac John Street, Ikeja GRA, Ikeja Lagos.
Date is Saturday February 15, 2014
Red Carpet is from 2pm and Main event starts 3pm prompt
Gate Fee: VIP 5k, Regular 1k, and Students with valid ID Card N500
For more details go to www.wordup411ng.com , and follow us on twitter @wordup411
Phone numbers: Olulu 08025070892, Ayo 07068400846, Fabian 08186510892, Daniel 08053001608, Quazeem 08080918562