One Love

One of the reasons why poetry is so powerful is because it’s multi dimensional. People often limit it to books or performance but there is more to poetry than just words.

I have begun to explore the different dimensions of poetry with social media and art.

Yesterday being Ghana’s Independence Day, I decided to try sharing my poetry differently. So playing with graphic design applications I posted my poem “One Love” on my Instagram feed.

27 individual posts made up the poem. Majority of the posts have an individual message but play a role in the big picture which can only truly be embraced by viewing my profile page.

The poem though short touches on Ghana and her desire to unite its people under the banner of love. The piece touches on how the concept of love is interpreted to mean different things and asks questions as to whether we are truly seeking love as a nation and people.

Over the month of March and more, (depending on how long it will take) I plan on using my blog to break down the poem and discuss the elements within. I will touch on why I used certain images and why I used certain lines to further expand the details in the poem and show people how powerful poetry is.

A screenshot of one of the 27 posts of the poem “One Love” on Instagram

I urge you to search me up on Instagram @hondredpercent to view the poem and share your thoughts. This is quite the experiment I am embarking on so I am unsure as to what will result from this and what both audience and I will learn from this process. I however look forward to it.

Keep it ONE HONDRED!

Here is the poem:

One Love

Ghana raised Wanlov but we don’t have one love

Our independence made us free to allow one love

We fell in love with democracy and not one love

Corruption came along with that and that’s one love

to the one bud that got the power

To him that’s one love

Selfishness is his curse and that breeds love

But not the kind we need to make it as he does

In Ghana the real question is how do we love?

Cos we love to talk a lot and that breeds doves

of hope and conflict. The parties know it. Yes we love

a back and forth but that’s our fault cos we lack enough

as it is already to stay as we are

I am tired of this already but that’s not enough

Cos maybe its only me and that’s not one love

Maybe you are tired too and maybe that’s two love or true love but time will tell if we are really all for one love

Happy Birthday BoBo

In your first year you are unaware of your consciousness.
Your foot steps grow more confident each day.
Your smile is a refreshing drink of water and your curiosity knows no bounds.
Your uniqueness continues to intrigue me and though I am to blame for your creation, I wonder how I am credited for the greatness that lies within you.
You are eager to learn and always in a hurry.
Your entrance on earth alone is enough a lesson to ensure that patience is a compulsory course.
If I didn’t believe in miracles now I do.
For there is no other way to explain your beauty than to say you are a miracle.
Happy Birthday Sean Kwaw Miezah Forjoe aka BoBo

Happy Birthday BoBo

In your first year you are unaware of your consciousness.
Your foot steps grow more confident each day.
Your smile is a refreshing drink of water and your curiosity knows no bounds.
Your uniqueness continues to intrigue me and though I am to blame for your creation, I wonder how I am credited for the greatness that lies within you.
You are eager to learn and always in a hurry.
Your entrance on earth alone is enough a lesson to ensure that patience is a compulsory course.
If I didn’t believe in miracles now I do.
For there is no other way to explain your beauty than to say you are a miracle.
Happy Birthday Sean Kwaw Miezah Forjoe aka BoBo

I Have Been Robbed

I woke up at 4:40 AM and found that I have been robbed.My recent treasured asset that I gained unexpectedly the day before has been stolen.
I didn’t get to enjoy it much.
How did the thief get into my house?
Was it through the back or front door?
I believe it was through the window.
I slept on the couch whilst watching a movie on the tele.
In hind sight I should have just gone to the bedroom.
Should I call the police?
What will they be able to do about this?
I don’t believe they are qualified to deal with my unique case.
God being so good my phone was not stolen.
I guess I should be grateful.
If you find the thief that stole my sleep this early morning, please contact me for I am not done with it.
– Hondred Percent
Inspired by my waking up today unexpectedly and being unable to go back to sleep

World Poetry Day Celebration 

Today 21st March 2017 is World Poetry Day. So everything I write in this post must rhyme with day. Thus I will say, that I lay, in the arms of poetry’s bed made with hay.
There is a lot about poetry that people don’t know about. Its purpose in the world is sometimes ridiculed as a dying art form for hopeless romantics and bards seeking attention. 
History
In 1999 the celebration of poetry was instituted by UNESCO. UNESCO believed that poetry had a unique way of capturing the minds of people and encouraging creativity. 
Part of its objectives were:

  • To support linguistic diversity through poetic expression.
  • To offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.

The day is also meant 

  • To encourage a return to oral tradition of poetry recitals.
  • To promote the teaching of poetry.
  • To restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting
  • To support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity.

– UNESCO website
What Poetry Means To Me
Poetry is another form of expression. I have used it several times to express myself in a different manner to get people to see things differently. 
It can be personal or expressed to the public. It can be used for entertainment or pleasure; inspiration, social commentary and many more. 
A good number of songs without their instrumental can be viewed as poems. Yet the world today still doesn’t seem to recognize the importance of this artform.
I see poetry in everything and urge others to encourage this art form that once used to be held in high esteem.
Importance
From my recent travels to Kenya, I saw the power of poetry being emanated through slammers at a spoken word event called Slam Africa.
Each of the slammers tackled a social issue and got the audience to view their message in a manner that got them thinking. The poets tackled topics such as femininity, discrimination, rape, ignorance, Christianity and many more. 
I was awestruck by the their performance and more than ever realized that as poets we are blessed with a gift to reach out to people. Communicate with them on issues that will add value to their lives.
This is similar to marketing campaigns only that words are used orally. Id marketing campaigns are sometimes worth millions and often times incorporate visual artists, musicians and actors why can’t poetry and poets be respected as such?
Disregarded
Unfortunately poets are not respected for their craft. Corporates and small enterprises see the creation of poetry as ‘easy-peasy’ and don’t value the creation of the content. 
Thus the industry is raped by EXPOSURE. Believeing that we are being offered an opportunity whilst truth be told, it usually doesn’t get far. 
How Can This Change?
In my opinion poetry in Ghana has a marketing, reputation and unity issue. Our art is not packaged in a manner that makes it attractive to the public. People seem to be doing the art form a favor rather than actually patronizing and giving it a chance based on merit.
The other aspect involves reputation. Good reputation should see poets rise to unimaginable heights. Unfortunately anyone can get up and claim to be a poet; and while I don’t doubt their zeal, a lot more goes into this art form than meets the eye. 
Thus competition for poetry is often times non existent as organizations or individuals usually stick to who they know or are exposed to only a small number of poets who sometimes are not packaged well. Making a decision on who to choose difficult.
We are also not united as poets in Ghana. This is no fault of ill malice on the part of anyone but rather the lack of interest by all to come together for the common good of benefiting the industry.
Conclusion
We have come a long way as a country with regards to poetry. We still need to do  more. Rome however wasn’t built in a day so maybe this year we will try and build the Colosseum.
Happy World Poetry Day!
Keep it One HONDRED!
P.S In celebration of World Poetry Day there is a poetry show at PAWA House, Roman Ridge, Accra, Ghana 

Mufasa The Poet

Mufasa is a spoken word artist, actor and singer born and raised in Kenya. He popped into the spoken word scene after winning a spoken word slam competition. Since then Mufasa has been performing in all major poetry events in Kenya. Raised by a single mother, Mufasa is a passionate performer on stage and hides no emotions when he speaks about his life and disturbing issues in the society.  –Mufasa Biography – Badilisha Poetry
Just so we are clear, this is not another Lion King Story. Its funny but people actually play with him like that. I guess sometimes its due to the popularity of the Disney flick. The best one I heard was 
So when you were born did Rafiki hold you in the air and cry, Nants ingonyama bagithi baba! (the cry from the Circle of Life at the beginning of the Lion King)?”
Well though that never happened to the poet, it might as well have. For when Mufasa is in town its as though a graceful king is amongst his people.
Walking down the streets of Nairobi with Mufasa it is clear he is poet loved by many. This poet has a thing about him that makes people just call him out to show love. Always dressed with a beret and a smile that makes you wonder why a toothpaste brand hasn’t made him a brand ambassador, it is easy to see why people gravitate towards this poetry sensation.
I have had the privilege of living with Mufasa for the past few days and I must say that I have never met an individual like him before. He calls himself the son of the sun for a reason for it is hard to see him without a smile. 

Mufasa and Hondred Percent
Mufasa and Hondred Percent
 
Unlike me also he doesn’t talk too much. He seems reserved but always greets me in the morning with such excitement that you look forward to the day. Kindess is his brother and as often as possible he chats with him.
Unfortunately I will miss his show Blame My Roots, which is set for 1st April, 2017. I have however had the chance to listen to his poetry via the internet. 
His poetry is emotional but not soppy. It has a way of creeping into you like a girl strategically trying to get close to cuddle. It is warm, true and straight from the heart. 
So today as my stay in Kenya draws to an end I want to put the spot light on one of my hosts, who is now my Kenyan brother.
For more of Mufasa check him out on Facebook @mufasapoet
Here is a video of the poet doing what he does best.

Keep it One HONDRED!

Mufasa The Poet

Mufasa is a spoken word artist, actor and singer born and raised in Kenya. He popped into the spoken word scene after winning a spoken word slam competition. Since then Mufasa has been performing in all major poetry events in Kenya. Raised by a single mother, Mufasa is a passionate performer on stage and hides no emotions when he speaks about his life and disturbing issues in the society.  –Mufasa Biography – Badilisha Poetry
Just so we are clear, this is not another Lion King Story. Its funny but people actually play with him like that. I guess sometimes its due to the popularity of the Disney flick. The best one I heard was 
So when you were born did Rafiki hold you in the air and cry, Nants ingonyama bagithi baba! (the cry from the Circle of Life at the beginning of the Lion King)?”
Well though that never happened to the poet, it might as well have. For when Mufasa is in town its as though a graceful king is amongst his people.
Walking down the streets of Nairobi with Mufasa it is clear he is poet loved by many. This poet has a thing about him that makes people just call him out to show love. Always dressed with a beret and a smile that makes you wonder why a toothpaste brand hasn’t made him a brand ambassador, it is easy to see why people gravitate towards this poetry sensation.
I have had the privilege of living with Mufasa for the past few days and I must say that I have never met an individual like him before. He calls himself the son of the sun for a reason for it is hard to see him without a smile. 

Mufasa and Hondred Percent
Mufasa and Hondred Percent
 
Unlike me also he doesn’t talk too much. He seems reserved but always greets me in the morning with such excitement that you look forward to the day. Kindess is his brother and as often as possible he chats with him.
Unfortunately I will miss his show Blame My Roots, which is set for 1st April, 2017. I have however had the chance to listen to his poetry via the internet. 
His poetry is emotional but not soppy. It has a way of creeping into you like a girl strategically trying to get close to cuddle. It is warm, true and straight from the heart. 
So today as my stay in Kenya draws to an end I want to put the spot light on one of my hosts, who is now my Kenyan brother.
For more of Mufasa check him out on Facebook @mufasapoet
Here is a video of the poet doing what he does best.

Keep it One HONDRED!

The Ghana Education System-Elidior The Poet

Elidior The Poet is a remarkable poet with interesting views on everyday issues. I met Elidior in January 2015 at the first round of the Ehalakasa Slam. He struck me as a powerful confident performer and definitely inspired me that year.
In the finals that year, Elidior performed a piece titled, The Ghana Education System. The piece focused on the relevance of the system and its impact on students. Most importantly it emphasized the need for the system to change. I was amazed at the content and creativity involved in the poetry. I also felt it deserved a better score than was given.
Anyway, what use is it if I tell you about the piece without giving you an opportunity to listen to it.
Here is Elidior’s Ghana Education System You Tube Video

Keep it One HONDRED! and support the arts.

Ronning Lyrics

Thank you guys for the performance of Ronning these past few days. The single this morning has over a hundred plays. Its a small achievement but I’m grateful for how far I have come and where I am going as an artist.
In celebration of this I am proud to announce that the lyrics for Ronning are now available on Genius.
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Ronning Lyrics
Here are the lyrics to Ronning
She was pretty 
Very witty
She had, ‘thingys that made guys forget the cities that they came from 

Therefore they were sprung

They had T-Pain in their lungs


So therefore sung songs on
Samsung ‘cellies 
You see they wanted to be on ‘tele
Be famous just like R-Kelly
Trying to grab attention of this girl who wore
Lace lingerie,
Gucci everyday,
I mean she was black like a PlayStation 3
Walks into the room connects to guys like 3G
(G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G-G)


You see I had to 
Disconnect and gather my thoughts and then….
Send an SMS 
‘Cos she was just designing stress
‘Cos I was looking at this dress and there was a beating in my chest
‘Cos I am man that rejects…..
Failure
Lady, my natural flavour is distinction
Your past relationships I am putting through extinction. 
Give me the time, give me the place,
Give me the chance to debate against your……
Pink mind,
Pink shine of gloss, on lips with no flaws,
That dress words in Versace every time you talk 
Pause for a second as I jot down these thoughts,
And jot down my number as you jot down me yours


And I looked deep into her eyes as I wrote my number and gave it to her and said 


Lady,
Mine is a 0-5-4-9-4-4-2-0-3-0
I can be your hero 
Sing songs to you better than Ne-Yo
My words, they will fly you to Rio
Give you a time better than Michael Jackson back in the day when he said
“Do you remember” 
(chuckles)
Baby I’ve got a mind
Mind of a gentleman
God is within me so therefore I know how to treat woman
You see I don’t have a car but I can drive you crazy 
You need diamonds, I will supply you daily
Cos I’m an N-W-J
Nigga with jewelry
Supplying you with the diamonds of your life everyday
Baby,
Everybody wants you like the Iphone 
That’s your nickname
Let’s get together and let’s change that to my phone
Cos you are the;
Apple of my eye
I can’t deny
You provide me with wings so that I can fly
Tell me,
Who needs Red Bull when I got you by my side?
Honey, darling, marshmallow with a charming,
Give me your number so I can stop remarking 
I can go on forever you give me the power to go on
Therefore let me use this power to guess your number and call


You see by looking at you you look like one them MTN types so I’ll say you are 054
You have two dimples and do three aerobic sessions
Your charm is a nine out of ten so I’ll say you are a 
0-5-4-2-3-9-10
Wait!
(Breathes in to smell)
Oh my!
You wearing Channel No.9
Sagittarius is your sign
So therefore I’ll say you are a 
054 for the MTN
2 for the dimples
3 for the aerobic sessions
9-10 that’s your charm that’s a nine out of ten
9 for your perfume which is Channel No.9
And 12 for Sagittarius which is your zodiac sign
Please be ready at eight to be picked up at your door
Hope you enjoy it. For the meaning behind the lyrics and more,check it out on Genius right here.
Keep it One Hondred!
PS For those that haven’t heard the song you can listen to it here via SoundCloud