(... HIS POEM ...)
In the colony of deprived ignorance
Be twisted is the dance – dance to fall
Flame of nourishing conquest
Bewildered to the overthrown capital
Sacred shrines of the gods.
The excruciating excursion of the weaver bird
Is the exhilarating extinction of our inheritance
In the name of the way
Having hatching eggs laid
As harvest of new millennium, dancing to the dirge
Our future arrives at the doorstep
Of a deafening fading past
Rejoicing and dancing to the dirge
Of another wreckage
In despair of eternal voyage.
We chug to a halt
Pacing up and to
Belching down and fro
Convinced to eternal fashion.
Glory to the gods
For there is a place
We have to be fed
And that of course is home.
(... HIS INTERVIEW ...)
EGC: Your Real Name & Stage Name
IJALUSI: I am Tola Ijalusi with the full name Ijalusi Oluwatola Samuel.
EGC: Discipline/What You Do
IJALUSI: I am currently an Accounting Student of The Polytechnic, Ibadan. Also I am the Publisher and Managing Editor of PAROUSIA Magazine, A Christian Arts and Literary Magazine.
EGC: Other Creative Art Forms You Practice
IJALUSI: I practice Photography, taking photographs enables me to relates with life making expression without words.
EGC: What Made You Go Into Poetry
IJALUSI: Having had an irrecoverable encounter with Mr CJ Njoku, my teacher of Literature since Secondary School. My experiences with his teaching brought about an irresistible passion for poetry which over the years keeps waxing strong.
EGC: Kind Of Poems You Write/Perform
IJALUSI: I write and perform poems ranging from love, nature, faith to societal satires giving my quota to the transformation of humanity, blessing and influencing many through the power of words.
EGC: People Who Inspire You In Poetry
IJALUSI: Over the years, amazing poets have been a source of Inspiration to me. One is Enigmatic Olumide the organizer of BE BLESSED. Su'eddie Verishma Agema is another I hold in high esteem so also Oyin S. Oludipe whose words of encouragement and support keeps me going. Servio Gbadamosi, Femi Morgan, Kukogho Iruesiri Samson and also Tade Ipadeola, Niyi Osundare are poets whose works are wonderful and their platforms have been a great blessing to me.
EGC: What You Hope To Achieve With Poetry
IJALUSI: I look forward to an achievement with poetry whereby many who read my poems get to be inspired, empowered, and transformed having being edifed with words.
EGC: Your First Time At Be Blessed.
IJALUSI: My first time at Be Blessed was in 2014, can't remember the exact edition (most likely BB7).
EGC: How Many Times You Came To Be Blessed
IJALUSI: I really can't remember if have missed any edition of Be Blessed since I began attending apart from the 2016 BB slam.
EGC: Poets You'd Like To See At Next Be Blessed
IJALUSI: I would love to see Kanyinsola Olorunnisola and Amaka Nwabeke at the next Be Blessed.
EGC: Most Memorable Edition Of Be Blessed And Why
IJALUSI: My most memorable edition of Be Blessed was when I performed the poem Ibadan Doti.
EGC: What You Missed About Be Blessed
IJALUSI: I miss the poetic rendition of poets, the joy and fun of meeting poets from different parts of the country which one mostly knew on Social Media.
EGC: What You Like About EGC
IJALUSI: I like the passion of creatively inspiring many young writers and poets.