Griots and Bards, a monthly spoken word, visual arts and social conversation event, recently celebrated its first anniversary at Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Lagos.
The event, curated by the spoken word artist, RezThaPoet, had as its special guest celebrated theatre artist and writer, Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett.
Spokenword poet and co-compere, Habeeb Ajijola, opened the event with a poetry performance. Next came conversations about cultural silence oppressing young people in the society.
Ajayi-Lycett noted that every society creates hierarchy in order to preserve order and it is unfortunate that some people use their cultural authority wrongly.
While describing Ajayi-Lycett as a force that transcends both young and old generations, RezThaPoet acknowledged her motherly presence and her ability to listen to people irrespective of their ages.
The discourse shifted to sexual oppression between the sexes and the roles of both genders. Alexis, the co-compere and a victim of rape, narrated her ordeal at the hands of religious leaders and doctors who were meant to know better.
Ajayi-Lycett, who went through the same ordeal, urged the co-compere to protect her mind by becoming the best version of herself without being held bound by her past, adding that no man worth his salt and manliness could rape a woman.
"There is an agenda to make men effeminate, to stop men from being confident and groomed for fatherhood. We should be wary of them and discard them with strong force," Ajayi-Lycett stated.
The performance interlude at the event featured alternative music acts, Maka, Tone the Emperor and Tosin Music, while spoken word poet, Eva, delivered a deeply emotional piece about conscious living and caring.
See photos from the event below.
Photo Credit: King Solomon Ekhaiyeme.