Over the years, poets and spoken word artistes across the length and breadth of the country battled it all out for the biggest title on the poetry landscape; “The National Slam Champion”. The search for the 2022 slam champion began in June. There were three(3) preliminary stages and at each stage the top 3 qualified to the final stage. Thirty-six (36) spoken-word artistes/ poets took part in this year’s championship. The roadmap to the finals had some special features to it. The Third preliminary was a double contest because the winner did not only qualify to the grand slam, but also qualified to represent Ghana at the next FESPACO Gold Slam which will take place in February, 2023 at Ouagadougou – Burkina Faso. Jewel King-Speaks emerged winner, making him the country’s representative at the FESPACO Gold Slam. At the end of all three preliminary battles, Faiba, Chessed, Afi, Jewel king-speaks,
Nana Kuffour, Twita-lit , Baby Poet, Briana and Wiseborn qualified to the finals which took place on 30th December 2022 at the Silverbird Cinemas in Accra.
This year’s National Slam Championship finale was intriguing and highly competitive, as each slammer brought their A-game. Big Names in the Ghanaian creative Arts industry such as Martin Egblewogbe (the first person to win a Slam in Ghana), Apiorkor Ashong-Abbey, Nana Asaase, Hondred Percent, Vitus Zulee, amongst others came in to witness history as it was being brewed.
It was a tough word war with all standard slam rules in place; 3 minutes per performance, original written pieces and no use of props.
Slammers went neck to neck with their performances, each showing their poetic prowess but at the end of the day 22 year old Twita-Lit also know as Theresa Kuffour, emerged winner of Ehalakasa National Slam Championship, 2022. She took home a trophy and a ticket to represent Ghana at the next Africa Cup of Poetry Slam in Bamako, Mali and later to the World Poetry Slam Championship in Brazil.
Jewel-King Speaks came in second, trailing behind Twita-lit with just a point and Afi and Nana Kuffuor came in third place.
It was an amazing sight to behold and it’s much evident that there is a bright future for spoken word poetry slam in Ghana.