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Ghanian Poet and visual artist Elikplim Akorli has released his refreshing self published book entitled Purple Harmattan poetry anthology.

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The work comes on the heels of ‘A Heart’s Quest’ his first book which was published in 2013. On August 24th Purple Harmattan poetry anthology book launched at the Museum of Science & Technology in Accra, with captivating performances from Elikplim accompanied by his band of Afro fused musicians. Eli’s father, also present, gave a poetry reading from the book. Sweet.

IMG_3488 (1)Akorli at his book launch, covered in art by Sela Adjei who also did paintings/illustrations in the book. Photo by Desire Clarke.

Purple Harmattan poetry anthology has also been translated into Eʋe, pronounced ‘E-we’. This language is spoken in Ghana, Togo and Benin republic.

(Indigenous) Language is very important to the poet and regarding this he’s said-

“It is my vision that we preserve or add on to what our great forebears have left for us, that future generations may have enough forest of self or identity to refer to; pointing to one great tree, and the many life-forms it has inspired. Let it not be for the generation to come that, other races may point to the Negro as inferior because he has little books written in his own tongue. We know the value of oral traditions, and as much as it has its place in the affairs of the sacred keepings of esoteric knowledge, the written word does have its place too. At least to point one to the direction of many things, amongst them curiosity, the first fruit of knowing.”

We hear you, Eli.

You can listen to the poet here feat Siaka Diarra.

https://soundcloud.com/thegodofpoetry-elikplim/the-god-of-poetry-bubble-from-the-deep-ft-siaka-diarramp3

And check out his upcoming gig if you’re/you’d be in Ghana.

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PEACE.

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The year 2017 like its predecessors was full of twists and turns and laughs and tears but WE ARE HERE STILL, and that’s what matters most.

AFRIKAJUMP is thankful for your support, and like The Roots crew, we plan to proceed and continue…to rock our..blog mic. Hehehehe.

Many blessings in the coming year people. Here’s our 2017 in a summary. Join us for a bigger and better experience in 2018. Ashe for us!

In keeping to one of our major themes of showing the best of Africa, and the rest of the world, we caught up with an artist on the rise, from Ghana’s Eastern Region.

Accra based POETRA ASANTEWA is a strong example of human and artistic metamorphosis. She has come a long way from the shy girl who was hesitant to take the microphone at an event we attended at Nubuke foundation in Ghana almost 7 years ago, to a fully fledged poet; writer; singer and more.

Poetra is evolving into an artist whose endeavors cannot be tamed. Her lyrics are unafraid; unbridled; passionate and yes, explicit – this lady owns her womanhood and sexuality hundred percent, a necessity for the progress of women, and women artists in Africa and elsewhere.

We are also proud of her entrepreneurial spirit. Her fashion label, ALIKOTO Clothing produces authentic and exciting Ghanaian fashion that matches all kinds of personalities and pockets. When Ama Asantewa Diaka isn’t being Poetra; the fashion designer and singer, you can catch her doing geeky tech stuff with computers. AFRIKAJUMP caught up with her to ask about some of her plans in 2017 and her wonderful work, in 7 questions. Enjoy.

AFRIKAJUMP- When did you realize you could make magic with words?

POETRA- I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember; my earliest memory of writing was when I was in class 4 and my classmates gave me empty exercise books to fill it with short stories. I always thought it was ordinary, I never thought my writing was a big deal until I started getting huge feedback after sharing my work on social media. So I guess, that was the moment of self-actualization; that was when I realized I could make magic with words

AFRIKAJUMP- In your piece with Akan, ‘Vote for me’ you were very vocal about corrupt Politicians in your society. In a world where many feel it is safer to keep quiet, why is it important to you to use your art for activism, and in speaking against societal ills?

POETRA- All we have is art, to be very honest.  Art distills, art reveals, art hides in plain sight when needed, art tells the truth. And as an artist I am obliged to be honest with my art, and for my art to be relevant to my community. I cannot imagine creating work that does not directly or indirectly affect my community. There is nothing safe about being silent or turning a blind eye on issues.

 AFRIKAJUMP- What challenges in your work made/make you throw your hands in the air, in a rage? And how do you deal with it?

POETRA- In Ghana, I don’t have the luxury to be just an artist. I have to be artist, promoter, organizer, sponsor, event coordinator – I have to be it all. And it is frustrating having to be all these things in order to get your art out there. But the desire to just create is an urge that never goes away. And that keeps me going.

AFRIKAJUMP- In 2015 you released your first spoken word EP ‘Motherfuckitude’ and it clearly announced you in your home country and beyond. What inspired it?

POETRA- Motherfuckitude is the result of coming from a place of struggle and emotional imbalance. It was a project to override my limitations, insecurities and ineptitude.

AFRIKAJUMP- You are a tech person who designs, edits, floats a fashion label amongst other interests, how has having several skills impacted your work as an artist?

POETRA- Having different skills means that each interest or skill seeps into the other. It means that my attention for detail is seen both in my writing and my designing; it also means that I struggle to juggle all these interests, but the struggle ultimately feeds into inspiration for more art.

AFRIKAJUMP- Any past, present or future project(s) you would like us to know about?

POETRA- Working on releasing a lot of new material this year, and working on my album!

AFRIKAJUMP- Can you try to describe your city in one word? Okay two words max.

POETRA- Lukewarm

 To get lost in the words and voice of this artist check her Soundcloud page. You can get updates, LIKE her Facebook page. ❤

https://www.facebook.com/PoetraAsantewa/