“THE POETRY SESSION IN JINJA THROUGH MY EYES.” BRIAN USHERS.

Here is some critique of our activities this year by one of the audience members at the 2nd poetry session on 31st October, Mr. Brian Ushers Senyonjo. The following excerpt is in his own words.

I candidly arrived earlier than most of the poetry attendees had. I found Mr‬ Jude Thaddeus and Mr. Omara Isaac already steadfast with their organizing task as the head honchos of Uganda Writers’ Foundation. They had by 10:00am put the Fr.Rev.Picavet hall in order, lockers for the audience were already put in order both horizontally and vertically.When i had just arrived i saw ‪‎Thaddeus‬ moving around like beetles on their drudgery work of building themselves a house, Thaddeus was making incessant calls and welcoming all revelers of the mega poetry session. The first high school arrived and even religious clerics had arrived;a moment that made Mr.Thadeus to start off the session as now time was not an ally of the session. The emceeing feat was done by two lads,Thaddeus in tandem with Etute‬The poetry session was kick-started by an opening prayer and just after it, McThaddeus‬ called the first poet to give us the first poetry piece from the poetry clutch that had hailed from Kampala. Katusiime Sandra started by giving us her piece. Being familiar with Sandra before the session, i was so interested in seeing her perform.I had never seen her do her live poetry feats.She was really good. What i noticed about her, was the way she kept changing her speaking tone colloquially, a skill that impressed me and a gesture that her inclination for poetry is undisputed. 

Katusiime Sandra Otumu

Next on stage was poet TheRoyal Akatwijuka Ian‬, as he is popularly known . His poetry had high affinity for African beauty. He was composed, pulling off his poetic words with actions and gestures to bring out a clear picture of his interpretation of African beauty and his great love for it. His lovely diction left the audience swept off to the ground. Akatwijuka,wherever you are, i loved your selection of sweet lovely words to describe African beauty. ‪#‎Kudos‬

The Royal up on stage.

Alex,the poet with an African stature and physiognomy, was African even in appearance.He was clad in an African kitenge(both shirt and trouser)Alex’s great inclination for poetry was evident in his nomenclature introduction on the high-raised podium of the Fr.Picavet Hall of the Mighty Jinja S.S.His piece, “Outlet” turned out conspicuous and an anthem of the session. It was so opposed to the daily life of human life. He was trying to espouse contrasting statements on nature like a line when he said, “Let the fertile pages of a book seduce the castrated pens” Alex with his head-G placed on his head, had to produce the “Outlet” poem on the criterion of following the systematic/chronological order of aligning it on weekly days. He was smart and so philosophical.His poem evoked the MC, Thaddeus to tell poet Alex re-echo it as it was so philosophical.By now poetry had taken the hall by a storm.We later received Jordan‬, a member of the Azania poetry group that had come from Uganda Christian University, Mukono.Jordan-Azania gave us a conspicuous Midas touch of poetry that the previous poets hadn’t pulled off.It was now evident that each poet had a brand to identify him/her by as Jordan’s poetry stunt was so full of Hip hop suave..His poem “I am” was pulled off phonetically as he tried to draw all those finding hurdles in life through receiving scorn and ridicule from people, to seek solace in this particular poem . JazmineAhmed‬ from Azania also solely was invited to stage.She was so brown as her skin complexion connoted. Her poem was about dissing a co-wife whom they were competing with a husband. She was really about throwing tantrums to her love-competitor. then farouq rounded it all up really uniquely. His poem was more about pulling off that preaching methodology of poetry. His accent was akin to that of the current U.S president Barrack Obama.He was having breakages in his poetic lines a thing his fellow poets hadn’t previously done. I loved Farouq for his oratory way of delivering his poetic pieces.#Kudos to Poet Farouq. I loved it that all the poets were captured and so the Ugandans will get their work on video CD.I would like to forward my sincere gratitude to Uganda Writers’ Foundation for the journey it is making all Uganda writers to tread. Happy New Year!

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