The August 2018 edition of Wordaholics, a monthly open mic literary event held at TEAMSWAG in Somolu, Lagos, broke status quo, turned amateurs to Pro.
This every second Saturday of the month event commenced by 12noon with the spoken word poetry open mic session anchored by Ediri Agnes “Sissy” who was ushered in by one of the organizers, FreezinPaul.
The open mic session had varieties of inspiring poetic lines and performances from the likes of Ebube, KCPWESH, Anthony Alex, Blue Adonis, Hossein the poet, CIA, Adebola Emmanuel, Oludasa, Fathia, Gemini, McNevets to mention a few.
Guest poet of the day; Soonest Iheanyichukwu Nathaniel, an award winning poet and journalist, thrilled audience to a stellar poetic rendition as he beautifully read out from his written scripts yet not denying us the chance to feel poetry performance at its peak.
The second edition of the Wordaholics mini poetry slam had a new dimension as it began with the judges scoring a sacrificial poet well known as BankHall as a benchmark for the contestants to see what the judges would be looking out for. Also, a second round was introduced. The panel of judges which comprises of the guest poet who is a renowned prolific writer and performer, Soonest Nathaniel; the CEO of Boom Poetry and slam champion, Ajijola Habeeb (Da Beloved) and Mr Jamiu Ahmed felt the need to give six out of the twelve slam poets the opportunity to create a better impression to the audience. Even though the sun rays scorched our skins, our fingers kept snapping, adrenaline kept pumping as our hearts and ears yearned for more. Each slam poet gave their best but the peak of the pack was when Fathia; one of the slam poet took a brave move by stepping up to the microphone to pronounce just one word, “Death” for a two minutes poem. It didn’t get her the scores she deserved to clinch the prize but she was commended and rewarded in cash by the judges for taking such a bold step.
As indeed Wordaholics speaks against the menace of lateness popularly called “African Time”, Writer and poetess; Ebubechukwu Anochili was applauded by the audience and rewarded for being the first person to be at the event about three hours before the stipulated time.
In all, Yussuf Balogun aka Gemini, the audience favourite bagged the prize for the “Best performer” of the day and the winner of the second edition of Vivid verses Wordaholics mini poetry slam while Hossein de poet emerged as 1st runner up. The winner and 1st runner up were given cash prizes and gifts courtesy our partners, TeamSwag and Boom Poetry.
Wordaholics open mic events is being held in bars and restaurants around Lagos metropolis and at the prestigious University of Benin. The convener, Ayokunle Komolafe of Komsons Studios who was also present expressed his delight at how well poetry is being appreciated by the general public. He was particularly impressed with the parental support by Engr Balogun, Gemini’s father who was also present at the event. He called on many parents to support the arts as it will go along way to develop the youths in our society and enable them to channel their energies to something positive.
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The next edition holds on Saturday, 8th of September 2018 by 12 noon at TEAMSWAG 47, Oluwadare street off Fola Agoro, Somolu, Lagos.
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