Ola The Poet and verbal visionary!
When did you discover your talent?
It wasn’t so much of discovering it but noticing that I could actually write. My English teacher always said something to me when she saw my scribble of poetry and I didn’t take any notice of it. When a situation in school took place I wrote about it and when someone got a hold of it they made fun of it but a close friend of mine was like, ‘how did you do that? It’s really good’. So I continued to write and haven’t stopped since. I have lost a few books (hangs hands in head and weeps) but I seem to always write regardless. <thank God for the teacher and school friend!
What motivates and inspires your music/ poetry?
Life is my inspiration, especially mine and those around me. I am inspired by experiences most of the time I tell them through the eyes of others experiences. Anything that affects me I write about it, I am an emotional person and I am driven most times by my emotion so if something evokes a strong enough emotion in my then I would write about it.
Describe your audience?
My audience varies really… Every event I go to the audience is different depending on the cause… I have performed in a room filled with educators whom were putting a campaign together for better learning in schools then shortly after in a room filled with university students.
What keeps you going when you don’t want to/ have a set back?
Well my gift keeps me positive despite life’s set backs as well as being a believer in the God I serve. He shows me the way when there doesn’t seem to be any. My sisters always keep me going too. They make any situation seem so minor with the way their eyes perceive it as well as making me laugh they always have my back.
What are your plans for the rest of 2011 (and beyond)?
Well my plan is to continue, living, writing and utilising my surroundings to the best of my ability. The bigger plan is to have Crisis Clinics for Mental Health sufferers in Sierra Leone as well as Ghana and Nigeria…(Kenema’s Big Sister would love to support this in some way) I am currently working on qualifying as a Mental Health Nurse and hopefully put things in place for that journey to continue.
Where can we find you?
Facebook: Ola spoken-word Poet
You know when words give you goosebumps and you hang off every single word waiting for where the next one will take you? This is what Ola The Poets words do to me. I haven’t managed to see a live performance yet but will ensure that I am able to be still and soak up her words at The First Lady event on 22nd May and then I will be a groupie and attend as many performances as I can and whoop and cheer. Ola’s poetry is sheer class.
Tickets are £5.00 in advance, proceeds to charity: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1024001817/efbevent