31 DAYS OF POETRY- DAY 21- WORD- by Dolapo Ogunwale

Capsules of essence
Spreading a fragrance
Unique in its substance
In an instance
Enhancing or depressing
Messing with my frequency
Showing no mercy
You...rape me!

Full-bodied flavour
I savour your splendour
I marvel at your grandeur-ness
You ease my stress
Take me up to a higher place
Exploring immaterial spheres
By your grace
From this place
Take me into another space
Inside myself
Behind the showcase
Beyond the surface.

I embrace your majesty!
I will no longer abuse thee!
For ye are a tool
That can do and undo
Whole civilizations
Create power stations
Upbuild and downturn whole nations!

You are the beginning
And you are the ending
Long reflecting your effects
Even though the breath's left...

You are...
The word.

'DOLAPO OGUNWALE is regarded as "The Voice of Spoken-Word". She has performed with Grammy nominated Maimuna Youssef of the United States and just recently concluded a mini-tour of Ghana which included a live on-air performance at Ghana's most listened to radio station y107.9fm. Described by the legendary Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett as "a gift to the stage", she is a phenomenal spoken-word poet. She was selected as a semi-finalist in Endemol's International hit singing talent competition, "Idols West Africa" produced by MNET. Since then she's acted lead roles in sold-out on-stage productions like "Oluronbi: The Musical" and "Fractures," working with stage veterans like Yinka Davies and Jude Orhorha. On World AIDS Day 2009 she performed at Chevron Nigeria Limited, Lekki, received a standing ovation and was subsequently invited back. As a guest performer her spoken-word poetry was featured in iRep International Documentary Film Festival, Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva’s LAPA Production of “The Naming Ceremony” in 2013, Bogobiri's 10 year anniversary celebration concert and Unilever's top management staff dinner at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki. She also performed spoken-word at “Conversations with Kaye Whiteman,” which celebrated a British author of a book on Lagos, and at cultural exchange programs in Alliance Francaise, Ibadan. Among others 'Dolapo has opened for Ghana’s leading songstress, Efya, soft-rock's Ese Peters, toured with internationally acclaimed Beautiful Nubia and introduced to "Industry Nite" audiences by Modenine with the quote "she performs spoken-word like she is 8 feet tall!" She was also selected as guest performer at the event "Ladies First" which celebrated pioneer Nigerian female musicians in Hip-Hop. ‘Dolapo has been featured on several local and international TV channels and radio shows and performed both locally and abroad. Furthermore, she has been featured in Badilisha Poetry Radio for African poets in Diaspora. She shares her time between performing, working as a TV presenter for EbonyLife TV on the show VVIP Events and running Inspired Motion Enterprises, a company that packages shea butter products, supplies event vendors and acts as a music agency. She holds a BSc degree in Economics from the University of Lagos.


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