Where power corrupts, poetry cleanses
KIR Foundation in partnership with Nmenisi Integrated Leadership Development Initiative (NILDI) Foundation organized the 5th Edition of the Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation World Poetry Day Competition, in four primary schools in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State; State Primary school Amadi – Ama I, State Primary School Amadi – Ama II, State Primary school Azuabie and Eze Iche Akarolo Model Primary school Elekiah. We recieved 78 entries and the theme was ‘The Nigeria of my dreams’.
Miss Wonderful Sunday, a Primary six pupil emerged as the winner of the 2019 KIR Foundation Poetry Competition. The three finalists received digital dictionaries donated by KIR Foundation. While, Wonderful Sunday and 2nd runner-up Mr. Solomon John Ibidaibo had the opportunity to read their poems live on radio at Silverbird Broadcasting 93.7 FM, the 1st runner-up; Miss Grace Esau recited her poem on television in the company of the Academy of Poets in Port Harcourt to commemorate World Poetry Day at Rivers State Television (RSTV). KIR Foundation has been collaborating with the Academy of Poets and Nigerian Authors Association in Port-Harcourt since 2015 to implement the World Poetry Day Competition.
The winners were very happy and proud of their achievement. Solomon said “I feel happy, it was a beautiful experience to share my poem about Nigeria because I don’t like the present situation of the country”.
The World Poetry Day celebrated globally on the 21st of March is a day set aside to promote reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry. One of the main objectives of the day is to give voice to the voiceless. In the last five years, KIR Foundation has organized Poetry competitions in nine primary schools in Port Harcourt to promote an awareness and appreciation of Poetry and encourage a culture of reading.