Its was all thrills at the Grand Ma’s Pot kitchen, as slam poets (aka slammers) who weren’t necessarily serving delicacies from a pot, but were rather dishing sizzling words from their mouth to nourish the soul, came all out to feed us with words. And boy oh boy! Nourished we were, we got an overdose of words!
From Prince Charlee stealing the show in the preliminary round with his mesmerizing usage of words, to Toby Abiodun who said “we needed to punch lies in the face with punchlines and Igbor Clemency Green who left us looking on like willing participants in a hypnotic act and all the other performers who wowed us, we were left satisfied, satisfied enough to yearn for more.
And just when we thought round one was wow, round 2 quickly changed that notion with Clemency Green and his Doctor colleague (Obiora Everest aka Twisted Rose) roaring back to dominate. Unlike round one which followed a steady progression of a poet with his distinct theme, round 2 followed a head to head format. With a handful of slammers having dropped out in the preceding round, the remaining 10 went head to head with primary focus on the theme “I bleed Green”
Poets quickly make light works of each other spitting words like it was running out of fashion. This round saw Prince Charles Pipping MC Naevetes with a difference of 2, amassing a point total of 26 to MC’s 24. Meanwhile Toby also won his match up with a point total of 27. The highlight of this round was however the matchup between Clemency Green and Obi Twisted Rose who ended up as joint top, amassing a point haul of 28 apiece! It was an enthralling round!
Going into the third and final round, the pecking order read Clemency Green-28, Obi-28, Toby-27, Charlee 26, and McNaevetes Chibuzor 24. These 5 automatically qualified for the War of Words grand Final, making the round a decider for who takes home the prizes that was on offer at the Semifinal.
As if knowing what was at stake, all five fired on, going on the ascendancy from where they left off in the penultimate round. Toby punched, kicked whooped the daylight out of lies with his punch lines, Charlee waxed lyrical with his rhythms, Mc Naevets played a notch higher on his words, And need I say?, Obi twisted tighter and more tighter while Clemency mesmerized us into climax, getting rewards of screams upon screams from the audience. It was a round befitting of a final. A table turning round if l dare say so myself.
This round was however not devoid of a stiff fight like in the previous ones. Following suite with what was fast becoming a tradition, we had two poets tying once again, the slammers being Charlee and Green who got 28 points apiece from the judges, necessitating a need for a tie breaker which the audience decided first by the Noise meter, then raising of hands when the noise meter failed.
So in the end, it climaxed with Mc Naevets and Obi twisted placing fourth and fifth respectively, Clemency Green third, Charlee second and Toby Abiodun who roared back from a third position in the penultimate round clinching the top spot, thus smiling away with a fifty thousand Naira prize for his prevailing performances. The top five automatically qualify for the final holding on Saturday December 16, 2017. The sixth position for the final is between Pietrina and Sunsampaul and will be decided by online voting from Wednesday December 6th to Thursday December 7th, 2017.
Who can forget the M.C Don Fabrino who did a yeoman’s job moderating, and the judges (Mr. Ola Opesan, Wome Uyeye and Iquo DianaAbasi) who doused any fears of being unfair or unfit with a stellar performance! And DJ Swaggz, that Jockey seemed to know the music which fitted every performance like a glove!
War of Words 6 semifinal 1 was awesome, the i2X Media Crew gave us quite a show. Up next is semifinal 2, coming up on Sunday December 10, 2017 at the same venue. If this was fiery, something tells me the Grandma’s Pot will be in flames come next week.
Culled from Sam De Poet Facebook Post.
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