His mission statement, to give young people an opportunity to channel emotion through poetry, has seen Adisa spend the past two days performing and talking to Year 7 pupils from the island’s schools.
Adisa has been performing poetry for as long as he can remember and for the past 25 years the London-based poet has been delivering talks to school students across the globe.
He made his name on the scene back in 1993 when he won New Performance Poet of the Year – a prize judged partly by Benjamin Zephaniah.
‘I’m a performance poet,’ said Adisa, ‘I’m known as Adisa the Verbalizer – I’ll explain the Verbalizer bit – about ten years ago I was lucky enough to work with a live band and we were performing poetry with live music but felt it was too simple to just say spoken word over music. So we decided to sort of pioneer a new genre which we called Verbalizm – and that is where the name comes from.
‘I’m kind of on a mission trying to give young people an opportunity to realise that poetry can allow them to express their emotions, that poetry can act as a channel through which to do so. I want to debunk and demystify poetry and let young people know that “you can do it”. I write about things that are funny, things that make me sad, things that I see wrong in the world, how I would like to see my world in the future, things that are emotional. It is all human experience.’
Despite visiting the island only briefly, Adisa hopes to have made a positive impact and encouraged young people to use their library more often.
‘I have been here yesterday and today [17/09-18/09] but we are here to make them [young people] realise that they have this wonderful resource right here on their doorstep.’
To find out more about Adisa the Verbalizer visit his website: www.adisaworld.com