Give Poets The Platform – Jeffrey Nortey

GHANAIAN ACTOR and Spoken Word artiste, Jeffrey Nortey is inquiring the Ghanaian arts industry to appreciate spoken word or poetry and give the art the needed platforms to showcase their skills.

Speaking in an interview with the DAILY HERITAGE, the artiste who won three awards at the recently held UMB Ghana Tertiary Awards (GTA) 2017, went home with the Most Influential Student of the Year, Most Influential Male TV Presenter and The Most Influential Male Actor Awards, is requesting that poetry should also have slots in awards show categories just like other arts.

According to Nortey, a graduate of Jayee University College, poetry in Ghana should equally be lucrative like other part of the world, he stressed on it that, “poets should also be made ambassadors for brands and organisations in order to boost the art and motivate talents” .

The artiste explained that poets also play some critical role in the development of the country, he said “Poetry are pieces that causes change, correct society, educate and also entertain. Am in a ministry so am inspired to write by the Holy Spirit. I am inspired by the good, bad, personal experiences and trends.”

Speaking about poetry in Ghana, Nortey commended all the Spoken word artiste and poets for the hard work and advocacy for the art, he encouraged his colleagues to work harder till they get ‘there’ he said “There are so many good poets, I think we should work harder and be more creative and also touch on sensitive issues to make our voices heard. We need to be known, we need to be heard, we need to blow though we are not bombs {laughs}”.

Jeffrey Nortey who started developing interest for the art after listening to a friend’s piece, said his first piece is his best piece and have done pieces like ‘Ebony more than a tribute’, ‘Bend the Knee highest’ which he dedicated to the rapper Sarkodie, ‘Dear wife’ and ‘Peace’. His pieces are both to praise and to criticize society. His pieces come in audio and visuals on his social media handles ( @Jeffreynortey1 on instagram and Jeffrey Nortey on facebook)

The artiste also encourage his fans and colleagues to seek first the kingdom of God and all other things shall be added unto them. He asked his colleagues to support each other and Ghana by addressing issues in their craft.


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