The sixth edition of Spoken Word Poetry Conference (SWPC) was held on Saturday, January 7th, 2017 at The Baptizing Church, Kitchen Towers, Isheri Road, Omole, Lagos. The event which brings together spoken word artists and music ministers of a contemporary genre than what is usually seen in Christian gatherings, had all attendees snapping fingers, clapping, screaming and generally enjoying the feel of its one-of-a-kind atmosphere. This year’s edition was themed ‘Broken’.
The event kicked off by 3pm with an Open Mic session, where anyone is allowed to come on stage and do freestyle of majorly poetry and music. This is the norm at every SWPC. It was wrapped up by 4pm and a worship session by Amaka Eze-Nwosu, a gifted worship minister, followed.
The convener of the event, Amaka Nwabeke, also a spoken word artist popularly known as Amakason, then gave the welcome address and the National Anthem was sung after which the hosts for the day – Toluwani Asala and Uyiosa Eworo, aka Ellie Scotte – were introduced.
The first poet to perform was Bravedave, who did justice to the theme, ‘Broken’, with his piece titled ‘Letter to Tom’; Tom here being the cat in the children’s comic show, Tom and Jerry.
Up next was Daniel Faniyan, another skilled spoken word artist who also rendered a piece on the theme and got people snapping fingers in response to the deep lines he dropped.
Then came the first music break as Jo Deep, who describes himself as a disciple of Christ, led the audience in a couple of songs written and composed by him.
ChidinmaR, an award-winning spoken word poet performed next, closely followed by a short music performance by Austin Rock, a music minister.
Amaka, also known as ‘CallMeAmaka’, a soft-spoken spoken word artist then rendered two insightful poems.
Manne, a gospel singer and rapper came up next, performing songs from his recently released mixtape, ‘Grace Anatomy’.
Then came Kormbat and Bravedave, both spoken word artists, who did a duet which was more in the form of a conversation.
Another music break from talented rapper, Tobi Toun, was well-received, as he did pieces of freestyle rap which he had shared on his social media pages, as well as one which he said was yet to be released, titled ‘2018’.
After him was Mayowa, who did a short but deep and insightful piece titled ‘Picture-Perfect Girl’.
Misan, the fine-boy Edo poet performed next and he did not leave the audience disappointed.
The singer with the sonorous voice, Oluwanifise, known as ‘Shay’ then came up, singing songs written and composed by her.
Kormbat, whom many of his fans like to call a king in the art of wordplay thrilled the audience with his skilful wordplay and excellent delivery of poetry.
The convener of the event, Amakason, came up last and did her piece, a perfect way to end the day, after which she led the audience in a short prayer and ended the event.
There are many words to describe how SWPC VI was, but ‘awesome’ does it better. Spoken Word Poetry Conference is an annual event, usually held in January. You can follow the official Instagram handle of the conference @swpc_ for more information about subsequent events.
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