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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 is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. He is an 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 the curator of 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 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 combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. 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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