Highlight of The First Poetry Slam in Anambra State, Hosted by Poets in Nigeria

Poets in Nigeria, Awka Connect Centre, led by Ms. Chisom
Onyinyechukwu Udeoba hosted the first poetry slam in Anambra State over
the weekend. 

The creme d la creme event which took place in
Unizik Fm Hall brought together people from different walks of life who
appreciate and enjoy poetry.

The event saw the winner, CP
Kings
emerge amongst fourteen contestants from different parts of the
country. The event was an embodiment of poetry, music and art.

Speaking at the event, The EA to the Governor on Students matters, Mr
Hillary Nkem expressed his joy at the idea behind the event and promised
to collaborate with the lead representative for a bigger second
edition.

Earlier in her welcome address the Lead
Representative, Chisom Udeoba stated that the event was not just a
competition but a platform for budding poets to learn and express
themselves.

She also added that the East cannot keep lagging
behind in literary activities but instead of just talking, Action must
be taken.

The judges at the event include an associate
professor of poetry, criticism and post colonial literature, Dr. Chike
Okoye
, A lecturer of Mass Communication and PhD student at the
University of Leicester, Ms. Ngozi Marion Emmanuel,Poet and spoken word
coach, Prompoet Buisi Mandela and Writer and literary blogger, Reginald
Eze
.

The event was well attended and it left a smile on the faces of every attendee including the runner ups in the competition.

Highlights of the event included Musical performance by Nneka Nnadi who
played the violin, Gerald Eze and Amanda Ogbuagu who entertained the
audience with traditional music.

Preliminary to the event, The
group visited schools where they established a readers and writers club
which will spread to more schools then they had a mini training for the
contestants.

There was also Radio and TV outreach which helped create awareness about the programme.

The event ended with more prospects for the next edition which will definitely be bigger and better.

Below are glimpse of the event:

Reporting, Udeoba Chisom, Poets in Nigeria.