Osagie takes Embers of Love to Ogba

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By Ebube Ojukwu

 

Performance poet and photographer Evelyn D’ Poet Osagie has called for more proactive steps by government towards resolving the security challenges in the country.

She made the call during the fourth  Words Meet Images (WMI), an art to the street project. It featured an outdoor art exhibition, open air poetry and musical performances which was attended by children and parents, as well as art enthusiasts.

With the theme Embers of Love, the event held at Diamond Mine School at Ifako-Ijaiye, Lagos, drew guests from all walks of life.

WMI has been held in Agege, Shomolu and Isolo local government areas. Using poetry and visual art (photography) to drive home the need for peace, unity and love, she sought to rekindle the appreciation of art in the public while showcasing how art can beautify the environment.

“In the spirit of love, the outdoor  series installation with the theme Embers of Love sought to reawaken the importance of love and peace as indispensable continuum in our polity.

The event, according to its organiser, is a meeting point that seeks to promote the appreciation of arts (poetry and photography) while bringing together different art forms and people from various places and social strata.

“In advocating the beautification of our spaces (homes, offices, market places) using art, what better way to show how beautiful our world can be using my arts.

Each piece in this body of work, Together Series, is symbolic of the silent cry today. This edition featured three additions drawn from Project #TASAA’s WETINiSABI exhibition to show that peace, love and sound health are not unconnected,” she said.

Osagie’s artworks are photographs of varying sizes in colour and monochrome; framed on mat, bamboo, firewood, and regular frames, mounted on trees, or placed on mat to show that art beautifies every space.

The images explore the metaphoric interaction between humans and their environment (nature), animal and inanimate objects (bags) towards achieving harmony and the attendant power play in our polity as it affects our existence.

“The human and photo installation, which form my outdoor exhibition has as the theme  Embers of Love, each piece has a story behind it, of blood, of pain, of hunger, of belly- full.

The TOGETHER SERIES exhibition always showcases human installation, using market women and our traditional wares and furniture to create a local milieu to reignite the feeling of the old days in her audience.

The event also featured a drama written and directed by Evelyn D’ Poet, entitled: “Ija Ile Idana (Kitchen Revolution) which was inspired by Prof Wole Soyinka’s words on insecurity and Amotekun-Federal Government saga.

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It opened with some lines from the founder of Diamond Publications Lanre Idowu’s new poem. The play meant to remind people of the need for peace, encourages all to pursue peaceful means of resolving disagreement.

“If we forget the reasons why, we must fight for the peace and unity in our land. Let art, nature, our children and animals remind us.”

It was featured the WMI casts drawn from different strata of the society, including market women in her human installation.

The cast were Gboyega Alaka, Amaka Ojie, Ibrahim Yusuf, Williams Ogele, Mrs Aminat Abiola, Atiku Orija, Oyebola Owolabi, Sherif Amanda, Busola Odugbesan, Mrs Balogun, Oladapo Akinduntire, Iya Toyin, Mrs Top Fajebe, Jide Owolabi, among others.

The play was followed by a poetic/musical concert tagged: The Love Lines Concert, which also featured diverse  musical acts between the ages of five and 60 music sensation Jide; celebrated kiddies group, The Dynamix Group and the Igbo flutist Mazi Akpama.

Osagie has overtime proven to be a force to be reckoned with in the art world as she blends her poetry work with modern and traditional motifs, elements of folklore, myths, songs, and sometimes employs masks, drums, rhythms, music, dance, images, songs and speech patterns while drawing inspiration from traditional African theatre to express her brand of poetry.

She performed three poems – Sunrise, Eko Dance  and Life is a Dance – at the just-concluded edition. Each piece is embedded with a decade old story and messages of love and unity.

The poem, Sunrise, was inspired and first performed on Channels TV Book Club for Nigeria’s Independence Day celebration in 2015 and has since been performed over 15 times at different venues. Eko Dance is a love poem to the city of Lagos, inspired by Award winning journalist, Pelu Awofeso’s book, White Lagos.

The poet has performed her poems and others before diverse artistic events and festivals across the country, including the United States Consulate, Lagos German Embassy in Lagos, CORA’s Lagos State Book and Arts Festival (LABAF) and The Night of The Poet during Lagos Black Heritage Festival, WORDSLAM Bogobiri  (Ire Celebrates) and the Association of Nigeria Authors (ANA) and MUSON Centre, among others.