Wednesday, 18 May 2016
This new film features actor Laura Carmichael and Magician Dynamo delivering a poem, written by artist Yomi 'GREEdS' Sode' using the voices of young people around the world to send a powerful message that children trapped in conflicts and natural disasters need safe schools. Act now to protect the most vulnerable children in the world by signing the Safe School petition at aworldatschool.org/safeschools The film, has been released as part of Theirworld’s Safe Schools campaign a week ahead of the first ever World Humanitarian Summit. The campaign calls on world leaders attending the summit to immediately launch a new fund that ensures children return to school quickly in the aftermath of an emergency. In 2015, humanitarian emergencies and crisis affected the education of more than 75 million children and young people. Children that are out of school are being trapped into child labour, early marriage and other forms of exploitation. Yet, last year, less than 2% of humanitarian aid went to get children back into school. The film was by Upshot Entertainment. Director of photography - Amarjeet Singh, Directed and edited - Sebastian Thiel and Produced by GuS Miller
The BBC’s music station 1Xtra has been broadcasting a special season called ‘Words First’, celebrating the growing art form of #SpokenWord - that’s performance poetry that can be delivered in a variety of styles. As part of this season, Focus on Africa has commissioned three poets from the African diaspora in the UK to write exclusive poetry on the theme of #migration. All three were allowed to interpret it in whatever way they wished. In the first poem of our series, Yomi Sode, a London-based Nigerian born writer explores what it means to be a Nigerian living in the UK. The poem is called Johnny Just Come. And, just a warning, the author uses a word that some may find offensive.