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The second edition of Griots and Bards (GAB), a monthly village square of spoken word poetry, visual arts, music, and social conversations, was held on 20 December 2018, at The Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos. The event was curated by spoken word poet, writer and consultant Adebola Afolabi (REZthaPoet) and on-air personality and entrepreneur Temilolu Ogunmokun (ChocolateOnAir).

In an email to Brittle Paper, a GAB organiser Oriyomi Adebare stated that the edition’s theme, “Are Words Enough?,” was “an extension of the curatorial work of REZthaPoet at the recently concluded Iwaya Community Art Festival (ICAF).”

The event—a space to network, engage, and build communal, artistic and social relations—saw performances by the spoken word poets Archangel and Cephas Afolabi, the rapper William DLZ, and a pairing of REZthaPoet and the violinist Ibukun Oladipupo.

The photos below are by the GAB Team.

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he is a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize and was a judge for The Morland Writing Scholarship in 2019. He is Nonfiction Editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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