Africa’s next top poet
Inspiring the Voiceless( Click on this link to listen to an audio interview between Hassan Isilow and Warsan)
Warsan Shire is a young poet, who uses the power of spoken word to express views that effect change. I met the 22-year-old; London-based Somali-woman, as she visited cape Town to do a performance. I attended three of her performances in Cape Town.Shire motivated her audiences at Scalibrini Centre for Refugees, and at the poetry in dialogue center of the University of Western Cape. She touched many hearts through her conscious lyrics, incendiary and revolutionary poetry that puts her in her own class. Surely lots of people who attended her performance will remember her as a leading light. I later interviewed her on my weekend radio talk show. “I have written about what communities think is taboo, like female genital mutilation which happens in many communities,” she told me during the radio interview. The young woman, who began writing poetry at the tender age of 15, is making a name for herself on the artistic and activist scene. She has performed in the United Kingdom, North America and now has won more fans in Africa. Shire has moved audiences to tears from performing her poems such as “Bus Stop Genocide” and “Apocalypse Please”. Shire is also a strong campaigner for women’s rights and detests people who abuse women and children. Shire also writes about love and culture and has become a role model for many Somali youth. Her first book will be published soon. For more about Shire,: http://www.myspace.com/warsanshire.