Today we are featuring on our platform a budding young Nigerian spoken word poet, Jamila Abbas and her new spoken word poem titled I AM DAFT.
With the fast-rising audience in the spoken word poetry scene in Nigeria, there is an urgency to produce more spoken word artistes to fill the gap of demand and this young beautiful lady, Jamila Abbas, to use the legendary words of Chinua Achebe to Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, “Jamila came almost fully made”
The new work of art from Miss Jamila talks about gender inequality, peer social responsibility, religious sentimentality, bullies and how beneath the mask of disguise, there is true self the world doesn’t see.
Because poetry is a language that sometimes appears as a labyrinth to which poets create to help them navigate a path, Miss Abbas’s I AM DAFT was simplified to help her audience see beneath the layers of her thoughts.
Jamila Abbas is a graduate of microbiology from the University of Abuja. Student of science, lover of art. She’s a spoken word artist, an essayist, and advocate for social equality of sexes.
She is a member of the Abuja talk series, UN ambassador 2018 and has performed on various platforms including the US ambassador’s Naija life, love, and hustle in February 2017. In 2018 she performed at the annual gala of the Nigeria Institute of chartered arbitrators, among others.
She is passionate about expression through art and fights to be a voice for those who aren’t been heard.
Download the spoken word poem audio here
I am daft
Simply because my six doesn’t match your nine
Because my ink doesn’t spill Islam all the time
Because a human being and been human is even in your mind
I am daft
Because equality doesn’t sit well with you
I am daft
But I agree with you
I agree because I know you
I know you because I was dangerous once too
Then I grew
I got so accustomed to privilege that equality felt like discrimination
I learned all the knowledge of the world by reading just one book
So you see, I know you
Maybe a little more than you know yours
You live your life believing another man’s truth
Just tell me, is it ash talk or trash talk
No worries I’ll give you some time see you in the future maybe with this mask off
Cause right now here you are and yet here you aren’t
So until you read some more and understand that even Einstein wasn’t 100
I’ll let you believe the only thing you can
That I am daft
Below is the visual of I AM DAFT