Saturday, August 31, 2013

Season 2 of War Of Words (Slam Poetry Competition) starts September 2013

Can you use words to tease and  please?
Or perhaps kiss words and make them bounce and dance?
Then this is for you

i2X Media 
(organizers of WORD UP)

War OWords Season 2
(A Slam Poetry Competition)
Up for grabs:
 1. $500 for the winner 
2. The top three poets get to perform at WORD UP Volume 7 in February 2014 alongside the best Spoken Word Poets in Naija.
The competition is only open to Poets that have never performed at any WORD UP event.

Entry for the Slam Poetry Competition is via video submission.

The Video submission must be done by uploading on YouTube and the link sent to us

via twitter @wordup411, 
via mail to, and
via our facebook page

Entries can be sent in from September 14 to Midnight of October 13, 2013!!!!!!

Only 15 Spoken Word Poets will be chosen from the video submissions to compete on stage at the event on December 14, 2013.

Watch this space for more details and for the THEME for the video entries.

Do you have what it takes?
Can you make our seasoned judges scream WOW?
Let the War of words begin.
And May the best poet win!!!!

For inquires, please call 
08025070892, 08030635360, 08053001608, 07068400846, 08038315055

Or send us a mail at 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Seminar on The Business Of Spoken Word Poetry in Nigeria holds this September 2013.

i2X Media, 
organizers of WORD UP 

in conjunction with Tajin Taire


"The Business Of Spoken Word Poetry in Nigeria."

Topics to be discussed

1. The art of Spoken Word Poetry (from Page to Stage).

2. Events Management/Poetry Events organisation

3. Branding yourself 
4. Branding your event 

Our Speakers:  

Shina Atilola 
(Group Head, Strategy and Communications, Sterling Bank)

Kelvin Orifa 
(Manager, Youth Market at MTN Nigeria)

Chiedu Ifeozo 
(Published Writer and Spoken Word Poet) 

Donna K 
(Top Female Spoken Word Poet in Nigeria) 

Olajumoke Alawode- James
  (co-organizer, FreedomHall Open Mic Poetry & Music event)

Date is September 14, 2013.

Venue is Bogobiri House, No. 9 Maitama Sule Street, 
off Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos  

Time is from 2pm.

Attendance is FREE!!!!

Monday, August 26, 2013

The speech by Olulu at Word Up Anniversary edition.

A dream is not what you see in your sleep,
a dream is what makes you not to sleep
I dreamt with my eyes wide open and ever since then,
I have not slept.
You see,
our dream is to create a Spoken Word Poetry Industry ,
where poets will earn a decent living from their performances.
Because poetry is not what we do, 
poetry is who we are.

For we eat poetry
drink poetry
kiss poetry
make love to poetry
think poetry
do poetry
and become poetry.

Creating an industry for Spoken Word Poetry is not a day's job,
neither is it a one man's job.
For a tree no matter how big and great can not make a forest,
so also a poet no matter how good and popular cannot be an industry.
An industry is when 50 and above poets earn a living from their performances.

We bless God who gives us grace for each day,
and we thank God who makes us prosper in every way.
Word Up is a year old today because of you and me,
for it takes two to make it work,
and we can't 
if you won't,

So we say a big thank you for your love 
and support this past one year.
But the journey has not ended,
we are just getting started.
So join us on this quest,
let us together become a thick poetic forest.
For creating an industry is the burden we bear,
but poetry is the joy we share.
And the sky is not the limit,
the sky is our launching pad.

Watch the video here

Friday, August 23, 2013

Wetin Poets dey do sef? - random rambling of a poetic mind

Wetin Poets dey do sef?
If we are indeed going to make Spoken Word Poetry an Industry in Nigeria we need to be more professional in all we do, cos Talent is not enough. So, would you be interested in a seminar on the "Business of Spoken Word Poetry in Nigeria?" Lets talk about you, us, the events, the business, the industry and the Nation. Are you interested? Holla back if you are.

Wetin Poets dey do sef?
The seminar on "The Business of Spoken Word Poetry in Nigeria" will hold on September 14, 2013. We will be having different speakers and I can assure you, they will blow your mind. Stay tuned for more details.

Wetin Poets dey do sef?
#BusinessOfSpokenWordPoetryInNigeria. For over 3 years, they've been organizing a weekly open mic poetry and music show and have had different celebrities grace their stage. They will be at the Seminar on Sept. 14 to tell u how, but first, can u guess who?

Wetin Poets dey do sef?

#BusinessOfSpokenWordPoetryInNigeria She is one of the top female Spoken Word Poet in Nigeria. Her words are very deep they pierce thick skulls and prick stony hearts, causing people to pause and meditate on what they "wear," oops, on what they heard. She will be around on September 14 at the seminar to talk on "From Page to Stage," aka the art of Spoken Word Poetry. Can you guess who she is?

P.S. I am one of her greatest fans, dunno if she knows this.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Acts that graced the stage at WORD UP Volume 5

Prestige (the word smith) and his crew singing the National Anthem 

Seye La Poet

(he was the 2nd runner up at War Of Words Season 1)

Increase (the 14 year Old Word Lord)

Arch Angel

Soonest I Nathaniel aka SIN

Lumynos (The Love Crooner)


D Ray
(he was the 1st runner up at War Of Words Season 1)

Gbenga Osowe

Aduke (one word to describe her - AWESOME)

Saint Rhymes 

Dare Dan

(Winner, Naija Poetry Slam 2012)

Olulu, the King not from Zulu

Don Fabrino and Erowo (Emcees of the day)

Titilayo (Winner of War Of Words Season 1) and Atilola (Titilayo's teacher/ coach).
They were simply AMAZING on stage.

Future Poet?????

Monday, August 19, 2013

Poetry lovers at Word Up Volume 5.

Emcees of the day
Don Fabrino and Erowo

People appreciating a Poet's performance

Increase (the 14 year old poet) on stage dazzling the crowd

Olulu being interviewed by the TVC crew

Titilayo Mabogunje 
(15 year old poet and winner of War Of Words Season 1) 

 People at the event

  People at the event
Arch Angel on stage

Titilayo and Atilola performing on stage