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ANALYSIS OF GROUP 1

CHOOSE YOUR BATTLES

“He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.” – ART OF WAR by SUN TZU

Let’s talk about Group 1 of War Of Words Season 8 #WarOfWords8

People see this as the toughest group, but I think it not so. I think Group 3 is tougher and Group 2 is tricky, but I digress.

Back to Group 1.

With about 4 poets that slammed in Season 7 coming back to compete at Season 8, you can see why people believe the Group is tough.

Does experience count in WOW?

Hmm, Wayne Samuel competed in Season 5, and did not make top 3. But he was back in Season 6 and 7 to win it.

So does experience count?

Lemme put it this way, understanding when to use your strongest piece and when to use your weakest is usually key in WOW.

A former WOW champion once did the mistake of doing his weakest piece in the first round of the Grand Final, well, he did not make it into the second round.

“He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.”

If experience is going to count at all, it might count in this group.


 

ANALYSIS OF GROUP 2

DISGUISE YOUR PLANS
“When able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.”

HAVE A UNIQUE PLAN
“All warfare is based on deception.”

– excepts from ART OF WAR by SUN TZU

Let’s talk about Group 2 of War Of Words Season 8 #WarOfWords8

As said earlier, while Group 2 might be tough, it is more tricky than tough.

Group 2 is somewhat similar to Group 1, because it also have about 4 poets that slammed in Season 7 coming back to compete at Season 8. I will term these 4 as “Samurais.”

Who is a Samurai?

The samurais were a class of warriors who were elite and highly-trained soldiers adept at using both the bow and sword. They were trained as officers in military tactics and grand strategy.

Alongside these 4 samurais, we have some poets coming into WOW for the first time and of note is 3 of them, whom I will term as ninjas.

A ninja functioned as a covert agent or mercenary in the feudal Japan. The functions of a ninja included espionage, deception, surprise attacks and assassination. They had covert methods of waging irregular warfare.

“All warfare is based on deception.”

At an event I attended last Saturday, someone mentioned a social media post by one of the Ninjas that had people feeling “sorry” for the Ninja and encouraging same. Well, whether the post was true and unintentional or it was indeed an intentional deception, time will tell.

At the same event, another ninja jokingly told me s/he was going to package something for one of the judges (of WOW), who was at the event. Well, I asked to be given my own package too 😄😄😄

There are 6 spots for qualification and we have 4 Samurais and 3 ninjas gunning for it, and this is not discounting the other poets who are unknown but not “un-dangerous.”

Will experience count in this instance?

I doubt.
And I will add…the hit that will hurt you the most is the one you did not see coming.

So who will qualify?

It will be the poet(s) that takes advantage of the mistake of another when such an opportunity presents itself.

So I will close with this….

“When able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.”


 

ANALYSIS OF GROUP 3

KNOW YOURSELF, KNOW THE ENEMY
“It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.”

CHANGE REPRESENTS OPPORTUNITY
“In the midst of chaos, there is opportunity.”

SUCCESS BREEDS SUCCESS
“Opportunities multiply as they are seized.”

– excepts from ART OF WAR by SUN TZU

Now let’s talk about Group 3 of War Of Words Season 8 #WarOfWords8

In my opinion, this Group is the toughest.

Why?

We have 2 poets that slammed in War Of Words Season 7.

We have 3 poets who are past winners on other poetry slam platforms (not WOW).

We have the other “under G” poets brimming with passion and talent, waiting to unleash.

“In the midst of chaos, there is opportunity.”

In this group, there is equal opportunity for all the poets. Every poet is a master of his/ her own destiny, and their destiny is in their mouth. So as the poet speaks so he wins (or lose).

“Opportunities multiply as they are seized.”

These past winners (on the other Poetry Slam Platforms) are used to winning and know how to win. Thus, as long as they don’t drop the ball, they won’t cancel out each other in the group. But being Human, dropped balls can and will happen.

So what word of advice can be shared here before we say the grace on this analysis?

Well, lets go back to what we started with…

“It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.”

So o ye poet, know thyself, and know thy opponent…or else…!!!

 

Signed

King Olulu

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The schedule of events are as follows:
1st quarter final – Sunday October 27
2nd quarter final – Sunday November 3
3rd quarter final – Sunday November 10
Semifinal – Sunday November 17
Grandfinal – Sunday December 1

All events hold on Sundays.

Directions to the venue: From Lekki Phase 1 gate, take a bike/ Keke Marwa/ jog or drive down to the last junction of Admiralty Way i.e. the end of Admiralty Way is Freedom Way.

Then turn left and look out for Ebunolu Adegboruwa Lane on your right. KÖNA Recreative Hub is the first building by the left, Number One.

You can also come into Freedom Way via Ikate or 3rd Roundabout Lekki Bus Stop.

GATE FEE : Free, just register at the gate and buy yourself a drink

 

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