CHIKA JONES ON POETRY AND THE RISE OF SPOKEN WORD

Raise your hands if your first introduction to Spoken Word performances was this guy.



Much later I met and collaborated with the 2015 War Of Words Nigeria winner for this video here.



In recent times the Nigerian poetry circuit has grown large enough to have events centred around it and not as a peripheral addition and so I sat with another Poet and spoken word artist, 2013's War of Words Nigeria winner, Chika Jones as he prepared to shoot a video for one of his works and ask whether there is a clear cut dichotomy between spoken word and written poetry, and how our video consumption culture might be forcing poetry into a performance driven angle.


watch here.











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