Spoken Word Artistry- KennyPoet
Jokotoye Oluremi a medicine and surgery student commonly known by his stage name- KennyPoet talks about changing the world with spoken word artistry in this exclusive interview with UNVEIL magazine;
When and how did you develop interest in poetry?
Um, I’ve been writing for a long time now…I began by writing stuff only me could read…personal stuff but as I grew older I realized I could somehow touch people’s hearts with my words so I began performing
Did you get any formal training from a professional?
I wouldn’t call it formal training, I have people I look up to and I speak to them often so as to find ways to improve my style of writing and I am a part of a group that helps in this aspect as well. So I’ll like to call it informal but I didn’t reach out to anyone until I had performed on stage a few times.
When did you have your first gig as a Poet?
Haha, it was at the departmental dinner at my previous school, I did a poem called ‘Songs of Ibanuje’ about the then missing Chibok girls
How did you feel after the performance?
It was amazing. Even before the performance, the poem had sort of gone viral so when I got on stage the crowd went insane. The support was awesome, also I did a song with my friend (Lil tunes) in which I rapped and we also did a dance (with Femi Adigun) so we kind of created the impression that we were multitalented. I was on stage and people where all around me videoing and screaming too. Terrific.
You moved to Philippines to complete your degree in Medicine and Surgery, how did you establish yourself as a Poet over there?
Uh, I joined RCCG here (Philippines) and it sort of happened. I found the opportunity to perform my poems at the church and I met really great people that supported me, put me up to perform at their events and also helped me record my audios and edit my videos.
How do you combine poetry with school without it affecting your grades in school?
I get this question every time but I still don’t know the best way to answer it. Poetry for me is not something that I have to set time apart for, I can write stuff if it comes to me during class or when I’m walking on the road so no matter how tough my schedule gets, writing fits itself in.
What is your worst experience as a Poet so far and how did you deal with it?
Haha, I went to a church to recite a poem and I guess I was too caught up with what I was saying that I didn’t realize they didn’t understand me. Here they have a national language (not English) which they prefer to communicate in. Though they understand English , they probably didn’t get my accent or something….so I’m learning the national language
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Performing on the P4CM stage and NPS as well, also a founder of a massive poetry movement that reaches out to people of all ages and of course I see myself in a Hospital
What is your advice to youths on being successful?
Find what you are good at and find ways to make yourself even better at it. Your gifts will enable you sit among Kings.
Dating among youths is such an important issue and definitely needs to be discussed on a platform such as this. While a lot of youths have made mistakes in their previous relationships due to one reason or the other (which may be lack of proper understanding) and are still struggling to find the right partner, some have been busy with other things that matter to them and quite a few are in a healthy relationship. Here are 10 dating tips that would be of help to you;
- Figure out what kind of person you want to be with. It would save you a lot of bad dates if you figured out the kind of person you want to be with.
- Make a good first impression. You should dress to impress but don’t overdo it.
- Keep the conversation light. Don’t talk about old boyfriends or girlfriends.
- Show a good sense of humour. Make your date laugh and avoid awkward moments. Humour is vital to every relationship.
- Do not talk about marriage on your first date, as it may scare your date because he/she is probably not ready for that.
- Do not pretend/lie. Don’t pretend to be someone you are not just to please your date. You should be cautious but definitely be yourself.
- Don’t be a perfectionist. You are not perfect so you shouldn’t expect your date to be perfect. Avoid setting unrealistic standards and focus on things that matter such as your common values.
- Physical expression/touch should come in when you’re sure you are ready to commit.
- Respect each other and set mutual boundaries. This shows maturity.
- Above all, don’t take God out. He created you and knows what and who is best for you. When you meet someone and you two seem to be attracted to each other, pray to God about it instead of just following your own desires and passion. If you are already dating someone, let God be at the center of your relationship. Be obedient to Him and everything will eventually work out for good.
Health is wealth. Keeping your body in good shape and condition is your responsibility, because you own your body. If you fail to take proper care of your body it will tell on your health physically and psychologically. A lot of people seem to love snacks such as; chips, fries, roasted cereals, cookies, and various kinds of processed snacks, to the extent that some people would rather have those snacks than eat real food. Some people claim that they love processed snacks because they are ready-to-eat and can be easily purchased. While they may be correct, the following are some of the ways in which processed snacks endanger the body;
- Processed snacks encourage weight gain and chronic disease because they are high in sugar, fructose, refined carbohydrates, and artificial ingredients.
- Processed snacks are addictive and are designed to make you overeat.
- Processed snacks such as chips, roasted or fried potato, toast, roasted breakfast cereals and so on contain acrylamide, a chemical that is capable of causing cancer
- Processed snacks are low in nutrients and fibre.
CHILD ABUSE- How you can play your part in putting an end to it
~Child abuse happens when parent or other adult causes physical or emotional harm to a child.
Child abuse could be physical, sexual and emotional abuse. I would be talking about sexual abuse.
Sexual abuse happens when a child is raped or forced to commit sexual act. The most disgusting thing about child abuse is that the perpetrator is usually known to the victim. Molesters in most cases are family members.
Anyone could be a monster and this has to stop. People who use children as play thing or use them to derive pleasure must be punished. To think of it, punishment is not enough. What is required is constant vigilance and good care.
Parents have a lot to do for their kids. Parents should educate their children about their bodies and the differences between good touch and bad touch. A woman should not be left alone to do all this. Fathers should be supportive. You own your children ,you gave birth to them even if they are adopted they bear your name. Taking good care of your children would give you peace. Children are heritage of the Lord and they are not meant to be maltreated.
Teach your kids to refuse anything from strangers including gifts, money and ride. Make sure they don’t keep anything from you. Some children feel okay to talk to strangers, which is very bad. Let them have trust in you. Why would you become the lion of the house, your kids can’t talk to you about what happened in school, what happened during the day, when you are not around.
Teach your child about good touch and bad touch at early stage. At age 3 children should understand their body, parts to be touched and not to be.
Start simple; no one should touch you except mummy and daddy. Let them know some people are bad and they can hurt them. Use real names for body parts: use the right names for their body parts .Telling your child not to talk to strangers is a good advice but 80 to 90% of abuse is not committed by strangers but someone the child knows well and possibly loves.
Believe your child; let your relationship be a relationship of faith and trust with your kids. Let them know you believe anything they tell you and you won’t get mad no matter what. Let them know there is no gain in keeping secrets. Let them believe in you, don’t keep secrets with them and remind them that no adult should ever ask him or her to keep a secret.
MY ADVICE TO YOUTHS
Be careful of your movement; let at least one person know where you are going. 1cor.15vs33 says evil communications corrupt good manners. Be careful of friends you move with.
Never arrange to meet anyone on internet. There are so many people who pretend to be someone they are not on social media.
If you are being abused, it is important you talk to someone you trust and get support and help for what happened. If you don’t, the abuse will continue, perhaps for many years. You may be frightened, confused or angry but you know what? It’s NOT your fault.
If it’s your parent, feel free to tell someone you can trust. You don’t have to hate them.
Let’s keep our children safe because there are some wounds that even time cannot heal.
15 FACTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW
While a lot of us are with our smartphones most hours of the day and it seems as if something would happen if our phones are taken from us, quite a number of us didn’t know about the following facts;
- The brain doesn’t feel pain. Even though the brain processes pain signals, the brain itself does not feel pain.
- The human nose can distinguish as many as 10^29 different smells and as few as 4,500.
- Your brain is more active when you are asleep than when you are awake.
- As small as snails are, they possess more than 20 000 teeth shaped like a wavy ribbon called a radula ribbon.
- Your brain requires 20 percent of the oxygen and calories your body needs even though your brain only makes up 2 percent of your total body weight.
- Rats breed so quickly that in just 18 months, 2 rats could have created over 1 million relatives.
- Instead of being relatively solid, your brain needs 80 percent water. This means that it is important that you remain properly hydrated.
- Technically, your brain has the capacity to store everything you experience in your life. The issue however, is recalling that information.
- The Blue Whale is the largest animal ever to have lived on earth. Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant – their hearts as much as a car.
- There are 8 times as many atoms in a teaspoonful than there are teaspoonfuls of water in the Atlantic Ocean.
- The average person walks the equivalent of five times around the world in a lifetime.
- 5 minutes without oxygen can cause brain damage
- The human brain reaches full maturity around 25 years.
- Lasers can get trapped in a waterfall.
- The brain generates about 12-25 watts of electricity. This is enough to power a low wattage LED light.