Tell us about yourself?
My name is Seye Adenle.I love to call myself “art enthusiast”who derives joy in telling creative stories through writings,performing poetry and photography. I graduated from the department of Mass communication,year 2016 at Moshood Abiola Polytechnic in Abeokuta.
I was born in idiroko, a border town to republic of Benin.A place where the living conditions and everyday struggles of the people are enough to make one a writer.
WHAT IS ART TO YOU?
Art to me,is the oxygen an artist need to survive on his artistic journey or adventure.Art could also mean;every forms of imagination that’s consciously created to give any talent the expression it need.
HOW HAS THE JOURNEY OF ART BEEN?
It hasn’t been easy considering the kind of environment we are into.Nigerians hardly support art or artists,they enjoy the crafts though,but too reluctant to offer support when it’s needed except the day you become the real super star they wanted.
It takes someone with a heart of gold to support and encourage an artist.
It’s a career,yes it is a business!
But you can’t succeed on it if you put your mind on the money side of it alone.
The challenges are enormous but with perseverance and positive attitude,you can make a whole lot of difference.
Art is presently not doing bad in the country despite the challenges the people are facing on a daily.
WHAT MAKES YOUR ART UNIQUE?
It’s the originality in my stories and concepts.if you go through some of my creative works,you will see that my style of telling story is different.And,aside from poetry I write dramatic fictions too.All of the stories i write connect to my experiences,my vision and hope for the kind of society i desire to see.
HOW DO YOU SEE POETRY IN NIGERIA?
Poetry in Nigeria is growing I must say,even though it looks like reading culture is dying.The new generation of poets are picking up from legends like Chinua achebe,prof.Niyi osundare,Mabel Segun, professor wole Soyinka.And special thanks to the likes of Efe Paul Azino, Lola soneyin,Eriata Oribhabor,Segun Afefila for helping younger poets and creative artists of my own generation to have viable platforms to give our art expression.
WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU THINK INHIBITS POETRY FROM BEING WHAT IT OUGHT TO BE IN NIGERIA?
It takes a lot to convince Nigerians.The tide of acceptability has changed from intellectualism to anything glamour.Nigerians and the world as a whole now love glamour and do not really appreciate literary works much again unlike it was in the era when people used to appreciate and respect scholars.
That’s why new generation of poets like me are coming up with poetry films to let people know poems could also be acted.
Poetry is yet to be what it ought to be also,as a result of tradition.Many poets also have the believe poetry should only be accepted to be a poem when it’s written in ambiguous form.A modern poet,I believe should write his poem in any way it flows within him.
Good poems do not necessarily have to be written in big grammas.
WHERE DO YOU SEE POETRY IN THE NEAREST FUTURE?
It will be the driving force of the Nigerian entertainment industry in the nearest future.
Music artist and filmmakers will look up to poets for inspirations and ideas.You can’t take away the place of intellectualism in entertainment.
It will get to a time that people wouldn’t want to patronize any forms of entertainment that’s not intellectually based.I know it sounds weird and impossible,it still doesn’t mean it can’t come true.
we poets are working hard every day to see that we become a force to reckon with in the Nigerian entertainment industry.
A time will come when a poet will organize poetry event in a place like O2 arena
It’s a dream, and any dream can be possible.
I believe it will start with me.
We are not just writers,we also entertain.
POETRY AND POLITICS, HOW CAN BOTH BE MARRIED FOR A BETTER SOCIETY?
Both have one thing in common,they connect to people’s feelings.
Poetry triggers emotions a lot and reading of it everyday can shape the creative life of its listener.while politics through through current events
We have seen relationships between poetry and politics over the years in so many context
Poetry can be used to challenge institutional injustice,especially in different fabrics of the Nigerian society but where it becomes an issue is when politicians gain mastery of it to formulate political manifestos to deceive people in voting them to power.
The relationship is possible,my fear is in managing it well by the anchors of our country to make our nation work.
WHAT PROJECT ARE YOU WORKING ON?
I’m currently working on two new poetry films tittled “Son Of Nubia” and “Child”
I’m sure you can’t wait for them to be out.
I’m also looking forward to the publication of my debut poetry collections tittled “Tales in Rainbow “
THANKS FOR YOUR Time
I feel honored .