Illustration by David Akinola

Illustration by David Akinola

outSPOKEN is...

...a fortnightly oral diary of contemporary times through poetry, spoken word and musical instruments.

An initiative of the Revolving Art Incubator, outSPOKEN serves as a platform and catalyst to reflect on contemporary times in Nigeria using the oral tradition.

Our pilot edition debuted on the 23rd of March 2017 and is hosted on Thursdays fortnightly, Our hosts for 2017 were Pietrina and REZthaPoet .

Pietrina continues on as the host of outSPOKEN in 2018 alongside our new co- host which would be announced shortly.

Hosts

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Pietrina (Olamide Aturu)

Olamide Aturu (Pietrina) is a creative writer cum poet based in Lagos Nigeria. She is a Human Resource Practitioner and Psychologist who believes that every experience is a learning point and every art is life. 

Writing to her is an opportunity to create, build, and sometimes destroy notions and ideas expressing life through words and opinions.

She writes poems, flash-fictions, and also freelances as a creative writer.

She believes that writing is the best way to express what you feel, how you feel and when you feel it. Most of her writings are about life, love, pain, joy and well every other thing.

She also blogs about her life, economy, and her food adventure in Lagos.

Pietrina continues on as the host of outSPOKEN in 2018 alongside our new co- host which would be announced shortly.

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REZthaPoet (Adebola Afolabi) 

Adebola Afolabi is a Business Consultant, Poet, Poetographer, Spoken word artist and troubadour. 
REZthaPoet has graced stages over the last 11 years in Nigeria,Kenya,Swaziland,Netherlands and Germany.. He is involved in different cultural and artistic shifts using the spoken word poetry to educate, engage and entertain a growing and displaced middle class. His work, Exposit (2015) embodies a beautiful hybrid of language, folklore and transatlantic artistic developments.
 He is one of the Common Ground duo (alongside soul singer, Isaac Geralds) who held 2 successful “Music meets Poetry” concerts in December 2016 and May 2017 in Lagos. 
In October 2016 , he was a participant at the Central Library Poetry Project in South Africa, he also performed at the Grounding Sessions and partnered with Cape Town’s Lingua Franca Spokenword Movement to hold the Exposit Spokenword Stage Show at the Magnet Theatre in Cape Town.  
REZthaPoet has been guest poet at world poetry events such as the Spoken word Paris (France) May 2016, Etymotic Mondays (Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa), Grill & Read book party (Lagos) .

Rez's role as the co-host of outSPOKEN came to an end in 2017. 
His Exposit Spoken word album is available on online music stores and at www.iamrezthapoet.com.

 

Goals

Short Term Goal

Our aim is to use the medium of Poetry/SpokenWord as a catalyst for social engagement and development promoting ideals of constructive intellectual discourse geared towards personal and collective growth a necessary component for nation building.


Long Term Goal

RAI outSPOKEN  documentation will serve as a diary of contemporary times and will be relevant as archival material for future reference.

Context

Sociopolitical – We use the platform to engage and reflect on contemporary lives of Nigerians in the local and global context using topical conversation within the social and traditional media space to drive the discourse,

We also encourage the use of oral tradition as a catalyst for social  engagement and development.

outSPOKEN so far - We had a total of 23 episodes in 2017, you can access past editions through our youTube Channel .

We are currently developing Virtual Reality VR content in collaboration with ímísí3D which will provide an immersive experience for audience from all across the world, this is especially targeted at Nigerians in Diaspora.

 
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Photography by Bernard Kalu.