After almost twenty years away, Spoken word heavyweight, Bassey Ikpi, who has cultivated a successful career in the U.S, has returned home to Nigeria, making her longtime dream of performing poetry in her homeland a reality.

With the release of a youtube video some months ago in May, announcing her intended trip while asking for entries from poets ready to battle in a poetry competition, Ikpi’s goal is to facilitate the growth of spoken word in Nigeria.

Her visit which kicked off in August with the new yam celebration in Calabar, and headlining shows in Lagos and Abuja, will come to an end with the Bassey World Live; Nigeria show on Friday, the 14th of September, 2012.

After getting her shine an impressive five times on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam, Bassey Ikpi orchestrated her own solo show: BasseyWorldLive. The show, an avenue to give a taste of Bassey’s innovative approach to the art of spoken word in an evening of poetry and thought-provoking discussion, has held in some cities in the U.S – New York, DC, and Philadelphia – and now, she is bringing it home.

BasseyWorldLive: Nigeria, like her previous shows will see the Nigerian-born, Oklahoma-bred Poet/Writer take center stage, with support from celebrity judges, including the energetic Kemi Adetiba, poetic SAGE, and talented Bez. The event which holds at TerraKulture, Lagos will also serve as the first national poetry slam, where finalists selected from a handful of YouTube video submissions will compete for the coveted first place position.

According to Bassey Ikpi “Spoken word in Nigeria has tremendous promise and heart, but needs a platform that encourages growth and I would love to see it really blossom”

A new side to selected celebrities like Denrele Edun of Channel O and Dolapo Marcy Oni of Studio 53 Extra will also be unveiled at the red-carpet event as they perform their never been seen or heard poetry. Tickets are available at TerraKulture for N3000.




DATE: Friday, September 14, 2012VENUE: Terra kulture, tiamiyu Savage, VI, LagosTIME: 5:00pmTickets cost N3000 and are available at Terra Kulture




Bassey Ikpi is a Nigerian born Poet/Writer and mental health advocate, who has appeared on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry a record 5 times. Introduced to the poetry of Langston Hughes and Nikki Giovanni at the tender age of 8, Basssey began penning her own work. Her poetry has opened shows for such acclaimed artistes as the international recording group, Les Nubians, and Grammy award winning artistes such as India Arie, Alicia Keyes and Luther Vandross. Bassey appeared on the NAACP Image Awards as part of a tribute to Venus and Serena Williams. She has also been a featured cast member of the National Touring Company of the Tony Award winning Broadway show, Russell Simmon’s Def Poetry Jam. Bassey was a part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and has also been seen gracing the pages of magazines such as Nylon, Marie Claire, Glamour and Bust. She also recorded an original poem for the Kaiser Foundations, HIV/AIDS campaign, Knowing Is Beautiful. Bassey’s personal and heartfelt work has made her a much sought after performer. She is currently working on various screenplays as well as freelance writing for social media outlets.

Her first completed collection of Poetry and Prose entitled, Blame My Teflon Heart: Poetry, Prose and Post-Its For Boys Who Didn’t Write Back, will be published for release in the very near future

Blog: www.basseyworldlive.com

Twitter: @BasseyWorldLive


Terra Kulture is a proud sponsor of this event in addition to Bella Naija, Naija Poetry Slam, Cool FM, 360 Nobs, Y! Naija, The Siwe Project, AXARI, BeDazzled Events, Heritage Alliance, BattaBox, Nigeria FM, Transcorp Metro Hotel and Olamide Entertainment.


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