The beautiful art of oratory blended with strong use of words, popularly known as Spoken word poetry is fast becoming a new way of activism. It has grown to be a tool to address a plethora of problems that contemporary urban society is faced with.
This is why AskIfa.ng, a technology-based website in Nigeria has chosen to devote its time to the development of raw talents in this most unconventional form of art post. AskIfa.ng has been doing this for the past seven months with its Spoken Word Hangout, which is the brand’s way of giving back to young Nigerians who want to harness their skills in the craft of Spoken Word.
Through its creative and excellent approach, spoken word poetry has been able to address life issues such as racial abuse, social segregation, women’s rights, gender equality, mental health, politics, social injustices local and beyond; basically, issues that have a history of being silenced or many people deem minor.
The September edition of AskIfa.ng spoken word hangout was held on Friday, September 28 with the theme of the month tagged “The Nigerian Nation-State: The Slavery of Freedom”.
The latest spoken word hangout focused on the Nigerian Independence and saw students from tertiary institutions in Lagos state battle it out in the contest. At the end of the event, Titi Mathew emerged the winner of the month’s Spoken Word Battle, while Bright and Kombat emerged 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The event was held at Impact Hub, in Ikoyi, Lagos, and was witnessed by students of the participating tertiary institutions, like the University of Lagos as well as Yaba College Technology Lagos.
Also, in attendance at the event was Ace Comedian Omo Baba (Fagade Olufemi) who was the host of the event.
The monthly hangout tackles core social issues using poetry, which has been successfully done over the past six months by an open community of young Nigerian Spoken word artists.
One of Nigeria’s leading mobile phone maker, Infinix Mobility Limited was also present at the CSR event to support the technology news site, beyond just what it had done before the event.
If you missed this event, then you should anticipate the next edition on the last Friday of October at the same venue.
Here are some photographs from the event: