On Sunday December 14, 2014 the first Rap and Spoken Word Concert was held in Lagos. It was organized by Storm Ministries in partnership with The Fresh Impressions agency of South Africa. Though I’m not a fan of Rap, but I enjoy Spoken Word a lot. (Does that sound ironical?) The concert featured renowned P4CM’s poets- Ezekiel Azonwu and Janette…iks who are awesome poets and were my highlights of the evening. It also featured our very own poets like Titilayo and Atilola who are amazing. Lily Million who has been tagged the Tracy Chapman of South Africa was also at the concert. Featured Rap artists were Da T.R.U.T.H, Provabs, Roof Top MC’s and Kruseaphix. These rap artists were great!
The event started with a moving poem by Kruseaphix challenging us about the Christianity we signed up for. Are we only happy to be Christians when it’s easy and get fed up when the going gets tough? Are we ready to endure till the end? Titilayo presented a piece about the need for us to live together in unity, as a nation and as the body of Christ. She mentioned that people focused on themselves, always on their ‘i-phones’, ‘i-pods’, ‘i-pads’ etc. we needed new words in our dictionary like ‘us’ and ‘we’. Lily Million also sang beautifully despite of her cold. A line from her song- “Don’t let my heart resist your truth. May my heart never be separated from you” can also be a prayer. She also sang a Nigerian worship song which I’m not so familiar with and she did really well with the native pronunciation. Her final song was a message that reminded us that it’s God’s love that defines us and nothing else. Atilola presented an awesome piece and a memorable line is – Seeds are planted but never buried. So just keep trusting God in whatever situation you may be passing through.
A major highlight of the evening was Ezekiel. He is a Nigerian. And he proved it. It was awesome the way he was able to still speak with the typical Igbo accent. When he was asked to try fufu, he responded telling them that “Na my food be dat.” He tried teaching us some American slangs, saying all we had to do was not pronounce every last letter in every word. (LOL!) His poetry was awesome. Please check @P4CM on youtube. Look for his pieces- “Almost” and “Dear Man”. I can assure you that you will be blessed and you will keep looking for more.
Janette…iks also was a highlight of the evening. She gave a dedication to her grandmother who recently went to be with the Lord. Her grandma was the one who taught her God’s word and instilled it in her from a tender age and is a big reason for her ministry. Well, Janette, I know she is extremely proud of who God has made you to be. Her pieces were also fabulous. She is also part of P4CM. Check her pieces- “31 Status”, “Hypochristian” and “I Will Wait For You.“ I don’t need to list the rest, you will look for more.
All in all, it was an awesome night. Spoken word is gradually gaining ground in Nigeria. There should be another concert next year, so you might want to come see for yourself. I enjoy poetry and when it’s inspirational causes you to reflect on your faith, then it’s amazing.
Have an inspiring week friends!