Ghana’s poetry and spoken word movements keep making strides each and every year. More than a few places in Accra and more recently Takoradi and Kumasi serve as open mic platforms where word artists meet almost every other week to share poetry about their society, inspirations, aspirations, love, etc.

Some artists take their art to church as a form of evangelism. Some have gone as far as hitting the streets and public areas such as Kwame Nkrumah circle and the Accra mall in the form of flash mobs to make manifest their vocal style of creative activism. Ghanaian poets have been invited to conferences, seminars, meetings at embassies and corporate circles as well to share their works. Quite recently, one of Ghana’s foremost poets Mutombo da Poet visited the US where he toured a few states and shared his art.

The new age of digital technology also keeps word artists on their toes as they share poetry videos, audio recordings and texts easily for the viewership of friends and enthusiasts. This brings us to the question, what happened to the conventional/traditional method of publishing? But surely, that’s a topic for another day.

Here I share with you the product of the proficient passion of an 11 year old Ghanaian poet who goes by name Nana Yirenkyi. I met him some 2 years ago through a good friend and fellow young poet Koo Kumi from Mampong in the Eastern Region. Weeks later he was ready to compete at the 2013 Teen Slam Ghana Competition and won.

Powered by World Reader in partnership with Rainmakers Poetry and Trotro Diaries, Nana Yirenkyi boarded one of the most popular means of public transport; the trotro, and shared some poems in this 4 minute video:

-Article by kwame ‘write’ aidoo


Author: Kwame 'Write' Aidoo

Kwame Aidoo, also known as Write is a fond reader, writer and lover of music and the arts, with a degree in Biochemistry from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Tech., Kumasi and a certificate in Cultural Organizations in Transition from University of Lüneburg. He founded the creative activism movement: Inkfluent which curates Slam Ghana, The Write Experience, Vocal Portraits poetry albums, Slam Lab and the biggest literary festival in Ghana; Nkabom Literary Festival. Aside Ghana, where he is based, he has shown work in Brazil, Togo, Austria, France, Benin, Germany and Burkina Faso and most recently Norway with Aurora Ekvatorialis; a light sculpture and texts collaboration with Norwegian artist Toril Johannessen, exhibiting at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, 16.9.2016 – 15.1.2017.

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