A young Ghanaian Voltairean, actor, student journalist and thought-provoking poet, Bright Dziatro, known widely by his stage name BKB Nation de poet, has opined about the state of the local poetry industry.
The Voltaire lyricist has bemoaned that the Ghanaian poetry industry has been neglected by authorities, media and to some extent, the general public.
In an interview, the award-winning poet pleaded with various media houses, the creative arts industry, event organizers, the entertainment body, as well as the government, to kindly pay attention to the poetry industry same as they do for the music industry.
"The poetry industry in this country is not considered important, but a small population in Ghana pays attention to it. I’m pleading with the creative arts industry as a whole and key players such as event organizers, government and the media to pay attention to us the same way they do for the music industry," he told the interviewer, Nelson Mandela Jnr.
He recounted the numerous benefits the citizens can derive from the spoken word in terms of education, indicating that it revives the inner being of people and trains them to speak well about their culture and happenings in society.
"Poetry speaks to the mind, revives the inner being in man, and speaks the truth. Poetry in different countries are given much respect compared to Ghana. Poetry talks about culture and brings out the strength of the culture of that particular people," he stated.
The GEBIA Poet of the Year awardee asserted that poetry can generate revenue for the government and individuals when much attention is paid to it.
Bright Dziatro was recently crowned Poet of the Year at the 2022 Ghana Entertainment and Business Industry Awards (GEBIA).
He has penned numerous poems such as "Wassce," "Dear Kwame Nkrumah," "My Mother," "Letter to her," "The Error," "The Game," "Ghana is Lost," "The Marriage," "The Heart," etc.
He is a dynamic poet speaking the language of the ancestors to humanity.