'Reducing unemployment and illiteracy through Spoken Word Poetry' - Olumide Holloway

With the growing popularity of this art form, Spoken Word, it can be used to reduce unemployment rate, increase the level of literacy and possibly eradicate poverty. How is this possible?

Everybody has a need to express themselves.

This need is most times expressed wrongly when the person is unable to find the right channel of expression. Most people love music, but not everybody can sing to save their life. Most people love jokes, but not everybody can make other people laugh. Likewise, Acting, Dancing, Spoken Word Poetry, Sports etc are all different modes of expression.

This means that there is a mode of expression for different people.

Spoken Word is a very powerful performance-based poetry that focuses on the aesthetics of word play and story-telling. It is often used in conjunction with other art forms, such as music, theatre, and dance, and has been an outlet for people, especially youths, to creatively express their views, emotions or life experiences.

In Nigeria, Spoken Word is an emerging art-form, which is gaining strong grounds and attracting an ardent following, especially among the youths. With the growing popularity of this art form, Spoken Word, it can be used to reduce unemployment rate, increase the level of literacy and possibly eradicate poverty. How is this possible?

Well, Spoken Word as a art form is naturally a perfect fit as:

Spoken Word Poetry captures all genres of people, the young, the old and the high network individuals. Given its intrinsic value, it is an art form with the potential to keep the youths (and the general populace) entertained, educated, literate and employed.

I am Olumide Holloway, a Poet, a Promoter and organiser of Poetry events. Follow me at @wordup411, @olulu4ever and @f_factormag.

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