Ehalakasa SLAM since its inception had a goal of improving the state of performance poetry within the country. Ehalakasa believes that to improve the art form, a platform needs to be created to challenge the artists and thus the SLAM.
Until 2016, all SLAM events were held in Accra. Making it challenging for those outside the region to participate. 2016 saw preliminaries being held in Kumasi, Takoradi and Accra.
Ehalakasa in 2017 takes the spirit of the SLAM to the northern parts of Ghana. Thus the SLAM this year will be conducted within the Northern, Upper West and Upper East Regions.
The SLAM, with the support of Gallery GM, has afforded the past two winners to travel outside Ghana to other African countries to perform and explore the poetry of others. This is to educate, build relationships and grow the art form as a whole across Africa.
The winner of this year’s SLAM, will also travel out of Ghana to perform as a special guest in a slam or festival. The winner will also be the ambassador for SLAM for a year which will involve being part of poetry related events.