5th Award For WP Director Oswald Okaitei!








Breaking News! Oswald will also be on the World Poetry Café Radio Show, October 20th 1:10 PM, CFRO 100.5 FM!


World Poetry & Canada International  spotted Oswald´s potential to add up to global poetry and made no mistake to honour his efforts as World Empowered Poet ( which he confirms was his inspiration to his current status) in 2003. Years on, his hard works have gotten other international recognition ( from World Poetry& Canada International again, Nigeria & Philippines).
This year, he is due to take the 5th prestigious award of his career. This time, it is the “Pan-African Poet/Spoken word artist of the Year” award and it comes four years after active poetry/spoken word life.

Oswald Okaitei is a Performer Poet who combines music with poetry lines and verses to paint imagery in the eyes of the mind. He is a World Poetry & Canada International Director in Ghana. Oswald recently represented Ghana at the just ended Ugandan (Babishai Niwe) Poetry Festival where he ran a workshop on Poetry Entrepreneurship, participated in a panel discussion that seeks to promote a poetry caravan across Africa and also performed.
Oswald is one of the fresh breaths to poetry/spoken word worldwide. In recent times, he has conceptualized, directed and produced different poems by Prof. Lade Wosornu in a one act captioned “The Lade’s Capsule”, staged “Ete”, another poem by Prof. Lade Wosornu.
Oswald has also performed on national and international platforms and he was the only featured poet at the 8th Pan-African Congress. Some poets/spoken word artistes he has shared performing platforms with include Prof. Kofi Anyidoho, Prof. Atukwei Okai, Prof. Lade Wosornu, Muta Baruka and Rocky Dawuni.
The Awards event is organized by the Confederation of Governance Assessment Institute (COGAI), a non-profit and non-partisan organization which works to ensure that policies formulated and implemented by governing bodies and public institutions are tailored to meet the socio-economic needs of the people for the achievement of sustainable development.
Some other personalities/institutions to be awarded include Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Former President John Agyekum Kuffuor, Ghana Black Star´s captain, Asamoah Gyan,  Amenfiman Rural Bank, Breast Care International among others.
In a letter sent to Oswald, Dr. Henry K. Mensah, Selection Committee Chairman, stated:
“On behalf of the Steering committee and the organizing committee of the OSAGYEFO CORPORATE FESTIVAL AND PAN AFRICAN EMINENCE AWARDS, congratulations on being chosen for the 2016 PAN AFRICAN EMINENCE AWARDS. You (OSWALD OKAITEI) were chosen because of your immense contribution in promoting poetry through artistic and rhythmic character of verbal communication by the use of phonaesthetics, sound symbolism and metre which tends to induce meanings in addition to, or in place of prosaic professed meaning. Many pan-African poet and spoken word artistes were nominated and through comprehensive research and gathered information, the Selection committee gave careful consideration and you emerged the PAN-AFRICAN POET AND SPOKEN WORD ARTISTE OF THE YEAR.”
The award Ceremony will be in two sessions. Oswald’s award as (PAN-AFRICAN POET AND SPOKEN WORD ARTISTE OF THE YEAR.) falls under the Global session. The venue for the Award giving ceremony is the main auditorium of the International Conference Centre on 15th October, 2016 at 6pm prompt.

World Poetry Canada International would like to congratulate him on the new and well deserved award!

World Poetry Celebrates Koyali Burman!

The World Poetry Café with producer and host Ariadne Sawyer, co-host Neall Ryon, engineer Victor Schwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe,  welcomed the talented, lovely dancer and healer, Koyali Burman to the World Poetry Café Radio Show on October 13, 1-2 pm PST, CFRO 100.5 FM.

It was a wonderful show with tips on Indian Classical Dance , healing and poetry, a poem by Kabi Joy Goswami , e-poem by Lini Grul and a review of Two Trains Runnin’ with producer Daniel Hedin, a Canadian Premier  film at the  Vancouver International Film Festival.

To hear this special show : CLICK HERE!












Koyali Burman holds a Master of Arts degree from University of British Columbia. Through her full time job she is extensively promoting Social and Economic Development that supports innovation and business growth. Besides her professional career, Koyali is an accomplished Kathak dancer a North Indian classical dance form. From a tender age of 3, she was fascinated to this dance form. She was trained in Kathak under the able guidance of the disciple of Guru Acchhan Maharaj who is the father of the Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj. She has also learned Rabindra Nritya, a dance style initiated by RabindranathTagore. She was honoured with the Sangeet Ratna (Jewel of Dance) award by the University of Ravindra Bharathi in Calcutta. Koyali has been featured in numerous Television, stage performances and radio interview in India and Vancouver. Her performances were published in popular news prints in India. She has directed and choreographed many innovative pieces, which reflect both.

Koyali’s Tips for health!

“I was fortunate to be born and brought up in a liberal minded Bengali family. My mom recognized my inclination to dance when I was1.5 yrs old. She saw me move rhythmically whenever ever she turned on the radio. This was when my mom decided my interest in dance. My mom is the driving force of who I am today and my father is also very supportive. Without their support I would not have learned dance. My parents had done the right thing for me.

My first guru Bena Moitra who is the disciple of Acchan Maharaj the father of Kathak maestro Pt. Birju Maharaj. I completed B.Muse from  Bathkand University, Lucknow Mmuse from Rabindra Bharati Univ Kolkata.

She introduced me to the world of Kathak at the age of 3yrs and  helped me to take baby steps in dance.

So, looking back, music and dance had virtually been a way of life while growing up.  I was not even conscious about it. It is like a fish not knowing that it is immersed in water. Although performing arts were a way of life for me, having a good education was the first priority.

What changes did you see in dance over the years?

Over the years many changes happened in dance form. “ Well, there are many changes — most of them good. “As long as the basic technique and the signatures of the art form are not compromised, such changes are healthy. What pains me though at times is the rampant commercialization at the cost of creativity.  On the brighter side, learning Kathak or any other classical dance form has become fairly common in all parts of India and abroad, and by people from every kind of socioeconomic background.

What keeps you going? Lots of people ask me this question- what keeps me going?“A lot of things! Gratitude, satisfaction and passion. Gratitude towards my parents and God  — that I could pursue dance all my life in spite of coming to Canada and pursure my academic and keep dance going all along the way.

It gives me immense satisfaction and pleasure that I could keep performing, teaching and speak about benefits of Indian classical dance “It is satisfying that I could come in contact with Ariadne Sawyer and world poetry association who always encouraged me to speak about dance and keep going.  Dance, like any other art form is a Sadhana (pursuit with a total commitment) to connect directly with God. One has to follow the Three Ds to excel: devotion, dedication and discipline. There are no other shortcuts.”

Here are Six reasons for learning Indian classical dance immediately:

1.    Teaches us to be patient. We all seek instant gratification because we live in the age of technology and speed. But that hasn’t changed the way life is – you still need to wait for your job, for a partner perhaps, for the right time, for things to fall into place.

Practicing an Indian classical dance form will teach you patience instantly  – and that will help you to deal with life. It’s just that everything takes time, and you learn that while dancing!

2.    To focus on the present. Indianclassical dances are about understanding the mind-body-soul connection. When you practice these dance forms, you are basically training your mind to focus on one thing for extended periods of time.

This shall always keep you in the present and aware of the present moment.

3.    To be healthier. Yes, there are a lot of dances and exercises out there that help you lose weight instantly. But when you practice Indian classical dance forms, you not only build muscle strength and endurance, but also learn to breathe better.

4.    To be disciplined. Yes, it requires you to go home and practice beyond the classes with your teacher, because the idea is for you to understand your own body, different rhythms and yourself. Most  importantly, it is all about timing because that’s what you learn when you coordinate with rhythms. That’s how it induces discipline, which then spreads to other aspects of your life.

5.    To stop reacting. In your daily life, you feel anger, sadness, happiness, love, excitement and so on; Indian classical dances give you a cathartic release of these emotions. While performing several emotional roles, you will start understanding the connection between emotions – mind and body. This will help you in observing your emotions better, and then of course, you will stop reacting and start acting productively.

6.    To be more flexible.  Indian, classical dances – tone your thighs, your pelvis, arms, torso and so on, of course, each dance form stresses on different combination of muscles, so choose the one you feel comfortable with. When you keep  training your body and muscles regularly, it is bound to improve your flexibility.

Statement: I believe real dance is when you are sync with mind, body and spirit. “Meditation in motion”. Dance brings me closer to myself.I no longer dance for fame or name. I dance with an inner joy. As I experience this joy, I’m sure to spread it across to others too.”


World Poetry Celebrates Bernice Lever from Canada!


The World Poetry Café Radio Show, CFRO, 100.5 FM with the team of Ariadne Sawyer, Neall Ryon, Victor Schwartzman and Sharon Rowe,  welcomed the multitalented Bernice Lever on October 6, 1-2 pm. Music by the Irish Rovers and Wayne Lavalee.


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  Bernice Lever, born 1936 in Smithers, BC, was a founding editor of WAVES, literary magazine, York U., from 1972-1987 and has published ten poetry books, (Red Letter Day, Black Moss, 2014),  a teaching CD: The Colour of Words. She’s active  in  Canadian Authors, League of Canadian Poets, Federation of BC Writers, etc.  She reads poems, (some prize winners), across Canada, USA  and abroad. She has won five Lifetime Achievement awards as well as the Allan Sangster Award. Also she was named #1 Comedy Writer at Whistler Writers Festival , Comedy Quickies” event, October 15, 2015.             

         Writer-in-Residence for CAA – Vancouver, she edits book manuscripts. Retired from Seneca College, Toronto, she gives workshops across Canada   Bernice gets ‘high’ on words.    www.colourofwords.com

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This poem is from her tenth book of poetry: Small Acts.

Gag Google

I live in an E house

captured by satellite

on a lens generated

by Google cameras

set to follow me

day and night. 


How about you,

can you see me too?

Can you see my car parked outside

or if my lights are on inside?

May your unopened gmail

advise you more about me:

what mall I am shopping at

or which gift parcel is going

to whose building next.


Odourless Google works in silence

around the clock, circling the globe.

Humourless Google snaps pictures

on endless E circuits:

just a total invasion machine,

but not ethical nor powerless.


Google is expanding, invading

by millions of zeros and ones

by the hour — world wide.

Remember, Google is no gag.

Bernice Lever — 2016 manuscript// SMALL  ACTS