Poetry Slam

Angelique Govender, Télyn Manuel, and Nomathemba Madlala.
Angelique Govender, Télyn Manuel, and Nomathemba Madlala.

It is no secret that, at OWLAG, the love of poetry extends far beyond the Language classrooms. Students not only write their own poetry, but are enthusiastic about sharing it with our community. On Friday 24 August, the student body gathered in the theatre to enjoy performances by some of our own up-and-coming slam poets. The bravery of these artists cannot be overstated: they performed original works of considerable depth, often about topics that personally resonated with them, to over 250 peers.

Two Grade 8 students showed considerable talent and were awarded 3rd and 2nd place respectively: Angelique Govender, and Nomathemba Madlala. 1st place was awarded to Télyn Manuel, a Grade 11 student whose poem, “Sheila,” displayed a maturity and skill well beyond her 17 years. Congratulations to all our poets for participating. Other performers included Anovuyo Mabohlo, Nomaswazi Mkhonza, Tseleng Karabo Nkosi (who read a poem written by a fellow student, Kayisha Naidoo), Mary-Ann Viviers, and Lesego Shabalala. Thanks also to our two judges, Judy Engela (English teacher and poetry enthusiast) and Bellinah Zwane (Matric student and well on her way to becoming an established poet in her own right).


The Academic Committee would like to thank everyone involved in making this event a success, and we are already looking forward to next year’s competition.


Love can be the best thing ever to happen / But love can your heart blacken. —Angelique, “Can’t But Won’t”

I’m here to show you / The relationship between the heart and fracture —Kayisha Naidoo, “Choices”

I now know that there is something called / LOVE / Not because I can see it but because I can feel it. —Lesego Shabalala, “Who was I before I met you?”

Be the person who you want to be / Not YOUR role model, but your soul’s personality. —Mary Ann Viviers, “Winter Wonderland”

Yebo uliqhawe lami elihle, qhawe lama qhawe (Yes, you are my great hero, the hero of the warrior)” — Nomathemba Madlala, “Iqhawekazi, kumaqhawekazi”