By Juliet Ebirim
As the Valentine season approaches, lovers of another kind of poetry are getting prepared to be treated to one of their favourite events, the famed ‘Night of the Spoken Word’ which hits the stage again after a 15-month hiatus.
The event is billed to hold on February 9, at the Merit House, Maitama in Abuja. For these lovers of the literary arts around Abuja, this is indeed very pleasant news. Five years and seven editions since its beginning, the show, which is the flagship event of Dike Chukwumerije’s Simply Poetry Limited, has remained one of the city’s most constant arts attractions.
Speaking about the upcoming Night of the Spoken Word 8 (NSW8), tagged, “Let’s be honest”, Chukwumerije had this to say: “We will witness a new stage in our evolution from a simple Slam Poet, to a Poet who can create and maintain a real stage with poetry. For if creativity has a boundary, I have not yet reached it. This is what I aim to do, inspire you too, to look within and reach further.”
The creative and entertainment industry in Nigeria continues to witness unprecedented growth and the bi-annual NSW, a night which according to Dike, celebrates “…the creativity and strength of the literary arts…” has been at the forefront of launching budding poets into the minds of audiences.
“Since October 2013, we have had the pleasure of featuring over 70 young talents on the NSW platform, some of whom have gone on to do even bigger things. The NSW platform has also been the setting for the constant experimentation and innovation with poetry that Simply Poetry has come to be known for. At NSW, we pioneered new ways of presenting Poetry, of conveying Poetry, of combining Poetry with other art forms, like dance and music and drama.”