One time NS Contest Judge – Chiedu Ifeozo – featured on CNN

One time NS Contest Judge – Chiedu Ifeozo – featured on CNN

CNN Inside Africa recently featured Chiedu Ifeozo, a young Nigerian poet, and one of the judges of the Vote Chronicles. Read the transcript below.

Redefining African Poetry

This week on Inside Africa, we take a look at the art of poetic storytelling, transformed from page to podcast, Christian Purefoy chats with Nigerian poet Chiedu Ifeozo reaches out to the youth through YouTube, as he uses technology to take his performances beyond the traditional.

CHIEDU IFEOZO

Chiedu Ifeozo is Nigeria’s Youtube poet

Chiedu normally performs his poetry at home – on the internet

Using a keyboard and Mouse for pen and ink, and a computer screen for paper…

He feels on the internet he can connect with a bigger audience

Chiedu returned to Nigeria from the UK five years ago

He wrote the poem ‘Homecoming’ as a reflection of his feelings when he returned

Online, the poem has over 4000 hits – larger than any audience he’s performed to live

CHIEDU IFEOZO,

“IT’S VERY EASY TO GET A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP IN HOW MANY LIVE PERFORMANCES YOU ARE DOING AND YOUR GROWTH ON SOCIAL NETWORKS… WHEN THEY MEET YOU THEY WANT TO FIND WHERE THEY CAN ENGAGE WITH MORE OF YOUR WORK.”

“I REALIZED THERE IS A LARGE DEMOGRAPHIC OF YOUNG NIGERIANS WHO ARE ON ONLINE PLATFORMS LIKE FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND YOUTUBE AND THOUGHT HOW TO ENGAGE WITH THEM BETTER USING TOOLS THAT THEY ARE USED TO.”

“IT’S ABOUT SHARING THAT EXPERIENCE WITH PEOPLE MEANT THAT PEOPLE COULD RELATE TO IT.”

Nigeria’s music and film scene is thriving with plenty of home-grown talent and an eager audience

Chiedu says he wants to do the same for poetry…

“WE NEED TO TRY AND MAKE IT SEEM MORE FUN TO THE YOUNGER GENERATION AND I FEEL THE METHODS I EMPLOY IN TRYING TO PRESENT MY WORK – THESE ARE THE TYPE OF METHODS GOING FORWARD TO COMPETE WITH MUSIC, FASHION AND TELEVISION.”

The Nigerian audience interested in poetry may still be small, but they’re certainly enthusiastic…

MODILE AKITUKO, POETRY FAN LAGOS, NIGERIA

“WHAT I LIKE ABOUT HIS POEMS IS THE REALITY OF THE THINGS THAT HE SAYS. THE FACTS OF OUR UNDUE SUFFERING AND AS A CONTINENT – BUT IT’S SO POETICALLY AND BEAUTIFULLY PUT THAT YOU COULD ALMOST MISS IT FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE ART.”

LYDIAH GITUKOH, POETRY FAN LAGOS, NIGERIA

“THE THINGS HE WRITES ABOUT ARE THINGS PEOPLE CAN CONNECT TO AND I DON’T THINK IT’S JUST NIGERIANS. ANYBODY WHO HAS EVER BEEN IN THAT SITUATION CONNECTS WITH HIM.”

“WE ARE IN A TECH AGE AND A LOT OF PEOPLE LOOK OUT FOR TWITTER FOLLOWERS AND YOUTUBE HITS BUT THEY FORGET THAT ART IS ABOUT BEING CREATIVE, IS ABOUT ENGAGING WITH PEOPLE.”

Taking an ancient art into the modern world.

Christian Purefoy – CNN – Lagos, Nigeria

Watch the Video  on CNN Inside Africa

Transcript via CP-AFRICA

 

 

 



13 thoughts on “One time NS Contest Judge – Chiedu Ifeozo – featured on CNN” by Admin (@ogaoga)

  1. Correct!
    Where are all those people that still write about huts and palm trees and biafra and calabashes…we are online now o.

    1. Keycee i wonder why that is ur problem. Everybody must not write the same thing. There are still huts and bushes in our villages besides the issue of Biafra is still fresh with the ever present MASOB. I think every writer writes about the sector of the society he understands.

      1. @adams, I don’t have a problem. Keep your opinion, and I keep mine.

  2. That’s what I call progress.

  3. It may work for Poetry, but I’d like to see someone pull off the same thing reading a story, even if it’s flash fiction.

    1. @scopeman60, it should work. The trick is in using Ur voice to emulate the voice in the Reader’s mind…

      1. Have you tried it before?

        1. You forgot that we did podcasts of a couple of short stories here on NS?

          http://www.naijastories.com/downloads/coldfeet.mp3

          You can download and listen to one at the above link.

          1. Thank you jare Myne. @scopeman60, what about audiobooks? And book readings by authors. People read stories out loud all the time…

  4. Great stuff…Progress.

  5. Ugo Chime (@Flourishing-Florida)

    Well done!

  6. CHIEDU, brother your Chi leads you!
    Congrats nwanne mmadu.

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