Spine 2024 AiRs

Ehireme is part of SPINE Festival 2024, along with an incredible team of poets they’ll be leading workshops and arts activities for children in Libraries and schools across London this Spring.

Describe yourself in 3 words…

Observant chilled playful

What inspires you?

Other artists that push boundaries. Music that has meaningful messages.

My children. 

Tell us about your worst ever gig?

One of my 1st times being on stage. Midway through my performance I had forgotten the poem so I paused a couple of times tried to improvise a little but couldn’t, so I ended the poem. Said thank you and Sat down. Very awkward. 

What’s your number one poetry pet peeve?

Over explaining what the poem is about. Don’t tell me, show me!!!

Whose words do you love at the moment?

I’m a lover of Hip-Hop. The foundation of this genre is poetry. Artists like Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def and Common. Their words resonate with me alot.

What do you enjoy most about working with children, families and libraries?

I enjoy seeing how libraries really support families in many ways especially creatively. I’m really fond of alternative education, as the model of formal and compulsory education doesn’t fit everyone. It’s also a fun day out to get lost in stories and new worlds through books.

Who was your favourite poet/ spoken word artist when you were younger?

Benjamin Zephaniah. He didn’t back down. He fought for what he believed in. As a young black boy, I really looked up to him and I still do now.

What is your favourite strange food combinations?

No strange food combinations. My happy place is simple.

Jollof rice, Suya, plantain (ripe) and a cold Supermalt. Thank youuuuuu

An image of poet Ehireme Omoaka. He has long black hair and wears a black hoodie and Green trousers. He points his to hands towards the sky and smiles at the camera.

About Ehireme Omoaka

Ehireme Omoaka is a qualified youth worker, drama practitioner, creative writing facilitator and poet. His drive comes from making young people learn through creative play and also helping them realise that through their potential; anything is possible. Ehireme has worked with a wide range of young people including those in PRUs, mainstream education, those with learning difficulties and physical disabilities. Ehireme likes to often combine his drama and poetry backgrounds to explore different subjects and themes to encourage creative conversation from multiple perspectives. His vast experience spans over 12 years and counting as he continues to inspire young people he works with.