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INTALK CONVERSATION: Ashley Egbe Explores The Significance Of Spoken Word From A Modern Perspective

In this short interview, Ashley shares her perspectives on the essence of spoken words and their reception in the contemporary world.

Ashley Egbe Explores The Significance Of Spoken Word From A Modern Perspective 


Ashley Egbe's spoken word, Reminiscence, was shortlisted for the Pawners Paper's Spoken Word and Poetry Contest.

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Ashley Egbe is a spoken word artist, writer, and lover of literature. She is a student of law at the University of Calabar. She is a 19-year-old Nigerian who firmly believes she can change the world with the power of her words.

 
In this short interview, Ashley shares her perspectives on the essence of spoken words and their reception in the contemporary world. Her discourse provokes thought on the power of words in our changing society.


How does it feel to make the shortlist? Did you anticipate it?

It feels really good. Well, I did anticipate it. It was a whole lot, and reaching this point means I have been certified in a way. I am no longer the self-acclaimed artist; I feel so close to the goal. I must really say that I am grateful.
 
What inspired you to come up with the piece?

A lot of things. Before I came across this contest, I wanted to make a piece on the state of things in Nigeria. The economy has failed—educational systems—nearly everything has. This piece is a wake-up call to those who have the power to restore the lost glory of Nigeria.

Honestly, two things will happen after this piece goes viral. Either the DSS put me in detention or Nigerians paid attention.

All in all, I would say my inspiration was hope—the hope for a better tomorrow and a better Nigeria.
 
Do you think society has lost its touch with the spoken word?

Yes. This genre is forgotten. The society is more heavily invested in music. However, with the upcoming talents and the growing publicity of the media, it is still very possible to rekindle the fire.
 
Talking about rekindling the fire of spoken word, what do you think are the most approachable ways to spur the interest of the listeners and make them more invested in the genre?

A blend of music and spoken word. Let the audience connect with the piece, and the piece will work its magic. Contemporary topics will get people really interested, no matter how long-forgotten the genre is.
 
Have you ever performed spoken word on a stage?

Yes.
 
What was the experience like, and what was the exact moment that you enjoyed most that gave you the thrill while performing on a stage?

It was magical, and really awesome. I am not sure words can describe it. The connection with the audience was revered. In spite of the lack of music, the audience was so alive and kept on cheering and clapping at every point. The best part was definitely the audience. They made it real.
 
How immense is the essence of the clarity of the message in spoken word performance?

This cannot be overemphasized. The message is the most important part of the piece. It must be large enough to overwhelm your audience. If the message is not clear enough, they cannot connect with the artist.

In essence, the clarity of the message is of utmost importance.
 
In what perspective would you want spoken words to be viewed generally in society?

Spoken words must be viewed in their truest form as a tool for change. The spoken word is more than just entertainment; it is a tool for societal change.

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