A SHORT INTERVIEW WITH GRACIANO ENWEREM BEFORE THE RELEASE OF HIS DOUBLE SPOKEN WORD POEMS ON MARCH 21



While poets all over the world will be celebrating World Poetry Day on the 21st of this month, they shall also be enjoying two sizzling poems by Graciano. This is because on that same day, "12 Million Nonsense" and "What Nigerians Want", both audio poems by Graciano Enwerem shall be released that same day.

Graciano Enwerem {Grrraciano} is a Spoken Word poet, writer and teacher. A graduate of English And Literary Studies, Imo State University. He's the winner of War Of Words 3, YouPoetry Slam, 9 times winner of Sea View's Poetry Challenge, Winner Of War Of Words Online slam 1 and cofounder of Figures Of Speech {F.O.S.}, the first online creative group on whatsapp. He's been proffered so many awards which include the SPIC Most Outstanding Achiever Of The Year, 2014, IFA's Atonisona Of Poetry Award, 2015 and was also voted the number 1 poet on EGC Top 50 Contemporary Poets Who Rocked Nigeria in 2016.

 "What Nigerians Want" by Graciano Enwerem is by all standards one of the most hilarious satirical poems of all time. It elucidates almost all the very funny kind of prayers most Nigerians say. Nigeria, being a very religious country is captured in this poem as a country whose sense of humor is limitless as it extends on to the kind of prayers her citizens most likely say. This poem garnered a whopping 10-10-9.5 points in the first round at War Of Words 3 poetry Slam. Veekthur the LyricPoet, a poet and singer, was featured in the audio content.

"12 Million Nonsense" by Graciano Enwerem is one of the most popular poems that made waves in 2014, especially in Nigeria. The poem bares not only the futility of the National Conference in Nigeria in March, 2014 but also highlights the corruption fecundity embellished therein. The poem, "12 Million Nonsense" till date has remained one of the fans' favorite of all Graciano Enwerem's poems. MTN subscribers can SMS 046502 to 4100 to get it as their ringback tunes.

Enigmatic Olumide of EGC Media caught up with the artist few days ago and was able to make him answer the following interview questions:




EGC: What gave you inspiration to release these poems at this time?
GRACIANO: I chose to release the tracks now partly because the poems are an archive of some of the memorable things that occurred in the last political dispensation in Nigeria and partly to honor my friend Ife Olujuyigbe on her conquests at Blackout... 21st March is her birthday.

EGC: You have some poetry videos you are working on, tell us about the project.
GRACIANO: Oh that? We're working towards dropping 9 videos at a time. "12 Million Nonsense" and "Boo Harry" are ready. In a few days, "Omalicha, You Aglee...?" shall be shot too. So yes, it's coming out fine.

EGC: Do you think Poetry has hope in Nigeria?
GRACIANO: Sure. In the words of Lil Vick (a kid Poet), "If you say 9ja poetry never mature, how manage e come get pikin?" Poetry has come to stay and Spoken word poetry is building the castle where poetry will be housed.

EGC: Who are the local and international poets who inspire what you do?
GRACIANO: Cattie Bato Tearoba, Blackice and William Shakespeare from outside Nigeria and Prof. Isidore Diala, Eriata Oribhabor, Sammy Sage Has son, Poet Donna, Olulu and all members of F.O.S. (Figures Of Speech Movement).

EGC: Apart from poetry, what other things do you do?
GRACIANO: I'm a media personnel/ consultant, teacher and manager of a football club.

EGC: A well-known poet like you will have ladies giving him green lights, to clear the air, tell us about your relationship life.
GRACIANO: Lol. Graciano is single but honestly, I'm not searching.

EGC: Any advice for those coming behind you?
GRACIANO: Being controversial isn't same as making trouble, joining groups isn't same as joining clicks, getting fat isn't same as swelling up and growing up isn't same as jumping up - Know the difference and make the right decisions.

Watch out the release of his two poetry audios on March 21, 2016.








 Entry closes March 27.


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