Capacity Building in youths using Spoken Word Poetry as a tool of impact, a medium of communication and a mode of active, positive engagement.
War Of Words is an event aimed at promoting and showcasing new, unknown and upcoming performance poets. It is a platform that announces the little known talents to the world. War Of Words is a foremost Spoken Word Poetry competition that attracts poets from different part of Nigeria to compete on stage for a grand prize. It also serves as a way to select poets that will perform at “WORD UP,” (one of the foremost Spoken Word Poetry events in Nigeria that features the best Spoken Word Poets in Nigeria all on one stage).
We have successfully organized 7 editions of War Of Words from June 2013 to December 2019, and have had six different winners. The past winners are:
Titi Mabogunje (currently a 19 year old student of African Leadership Academy, South Africa.) War Of Words 1, Chika Jones Onwuasoanya (graduate of FUTO Owerri) War Of Words 2, Graciano Enwerem (OAP at Rhythm FM in Port Harcourt) War Of Words 3, Paul Word (now a graduate of UNIBEN) War Of Words 4 and Ibukun Ajagbe (15 year old student) War Of Words 5.
Based on her participation in War Of Words Season 5, Ibukun was invited to perform in Switzerland in April 2016 by the Swiss Malaria Group.
In 2017, Wayne Samuel (a copy writer) won War Of Words 6, which was modified from a one day event into an event that involved two semifinals and one final and was held over 3 consecutive weekends. History repeated itself in 2018, as Wayne Samuel again won War Of Words 7, which was a special expanded edition of the event, and held over 6 consecutive weekends i.e. 4 quarterfinals, one semifinal and a Grand Final.
From August 2019 we will hold War Of Words Season #VAPOWOW8 #WarOfWords8 . The event (War Of Words 8), as always, will involve Poets from all over Nigeria and other African countries coming on stage to compete against each other in what will be an epic battle of wits, wordplay and intellect. The standard and quality of the poets are guaranteed.
The competition involves 3 phases as follows:
1. Submission of videos online by poets/ contestants based on a pre-determined theme . The video submission will be via Instagram over a period of 4 weeks i.e. August to September.
2. Selection and announcement of the 60 finalists which will hold over a period of 2 weeks.
3. The main event (on stage performance of the finalists) is scheduled to hold over 6 weeks i.e. and will feature the 60 finalists in 4 quarterfinals, one semifinal and a Grand Final.
Registration fee is N5,000.00 and this entitles you to a DVD of the Semifinal or the Grand final of War Of Words Season 7.
The theme of War Of Words Season 8 has been released on Thursday August 15, 2019, alongside the schedule and guidelines of the spoken word poetry competition. To get the theme click this link https://wordup411ng.com/are-you-ready-to-be-a-celebrated-spoken-word-poet-warofwords8-wownaija/
War Of Words Season 8 is powered by VAPO Africa
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Call: 08025070892 and 08038315055.