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REZthaPoet

‘Beautiful, One.’ opens to the reader one of the many sides of REZthapoet, a lover of words who considers poetry as a conduit for interconnected life experiences. In ‘Beautiful One’ his poetry flips from the conversant cultural themes which he often engages to a modern texture that prods identity and existence in a sensual way.

REZthaPoet work, ‘Beautiful One’, is a profound contribution because it engages the subject of the heart with a certain mature ‘journeying’ instead of the expected ballad of teasing eros. In this chapbook, the temperament of a loverboy meeting the philosopher is a rich performance.

Born Adebola Afolabi – Business Consultant, Poet, Poetographer and Spoken word artist.
REZthaPoet delves into different cultural and artistic shifts by using the spoken word poetry genre to educate, engage and entertain a growing and displaced middle class. He has graced several stages in Nigeria and across Africa for over eleven years. He has also worked on collaborative art projects with visual artists and music artists.

Lagos Food Bank Initiative

No matter how hard the country has become for the average person. There is a much different world for those below average. That world is one where there is no single thing to write home about. Roads don’t exist. House aren’t safe. People are hungry. People are homeless. Sanitary conditions are pitiful. We must be better Nigerians before a better Nigeria can become a reality.

On September 30, we volunteered with the Lagos Food Bank Initiative to feed thousands of people around the Iyana Oworo axis of Lagos State, Nigeria. Lagos Food Bank Initiative extended the social importance of Nigeria’s independence to giving momentary freedom to stomachs that are regularly bound by hunger!

No matter how hard the country has become for the average person. There is a much different world for those below average.

Individuals and families came out in large groups to receive the food and relief materials that were being handed out. The non-governmental, non-profit, private-driven initiative lived up to their vision statement of committing to create a Lagos without hunger and closing the obvious food gap in existence.

We must be better Nigerians before a better Nigeria can become a reality.

The mission of LFBI include providing monthly food stuffs to indigent people in Lagos, reducing hunger motivated crime in Lagos, feeding the destitute in need of food through a network of food banks by having at least one food bank in every Local Government Area in Lagos, and to enlighten religious organization, corporate entities and communities on how to start a food bank and embarking on crusade/advocacy to close the food gap in Lagos.

To find out more about Lagos Food Bank Initiative, visit the LFBI website – lagosfoodbank.org/ and follow them on instagram : @lagosfoodbank

You can put a smile on someone’s face and a glimmer of hope in people’s lives, by being a volunteer, sponsor or partner of Lagos Food Bank Initiative

OutSPOKEN

Yesterday was the first edition of OutSPOKEN. An event hosted by @RevolvingArtIncubator in Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island. The event featured @REZthaPoet and @Pietrina_.

It was a very nice set up with that kicked off with @Pietrina_‘s rendition of 3 of her works…one about Nigeria, another about the safety of transportation and the last about cancer. Maybe because she was right in my front when she performed, I found it really quick and easy to connect to her words and imagine the whole scenario she spoke about. Yes, her work is that deep, you can picture it as she speaks. The questions that followed and her responses were a proof that she cut deep into people’s minds right there and then.

Next was this freestyle session with her and Rez where they touched on happiness and how we see and relate and respond to it. Now, seeing as depression is a thing people still dont admit to easily, this resonated with the listeners and got a huge response in claps right after. Questions and discussions followed again and clearly both performers did good.

@REZthaPoet ended the show with a medley of sorts from his album Exposit Deluxe. He performed Llorfa, then I am, then One and The Same then Lines of a young man’s wrinkles. The listeners were impressed with his use of a talking drum in addition passion of the performance. The photo below is a testament to that passion

Works Performed : @Pietrina_
1. Pink is not always pretty
2. My Sick Country
3. Melanin Pop
4. Of Equality and Opportunites
Find more of her work here aturuolamide.wordpress.com and adventuresofalagosfoodie.wordpress.com

Works Performed : @REZthaPoet
1. Owe lesin oro (Yoruba Chant)
2. Llofa (from Exposit Album) with Owe refrain
3. One and the Same (from Exposit album)
4. Lines of a young man’s wrinkle
5. Needing Direction
6. I am (from Exposit album)
Find more of his work on iamrezthapoet.com