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...into words with Sola

...into words with Sola

By Oluwasola Kehinde Olowo-Ake
I love telling stories and listening to them so through this podcast I'll be sharing a lot more of that side of me.
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This podcast was previously described as 'a space to explore the words we speak, write and the thoughts that surround them. To discuss culture, poetry, music and to explore these themes in depth as they relate to how we engage with them.'
...into words with Sola is evolving and along that development, the purpose of this space has changed. It has simply become a space for storytelling.
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Skin Keeper
"I wish I told her that the charcoal melanin oceans that flooded her body and filled it to the brim were a reflection of the dignity bestowed on it." Bleaching was very popular when I was growing up. I won't say that I saw people bleach their skin on a regular basis but it was definitely something I came in contact with from time to time. A particular experience I witnessed in secondary school inspired me to write this poem.  'Skin Keeper' holds words that I would have loved to say back then but did not have the courage to.  .... Follow me on instagram @kehindeolowoake
02:34
August 05, 2022
Lúfadéjù (read by Omolade Oni)
Lúfadéjù- the slave, because of a crown, is greater I wrote this poem for my undergraduate final year project. The poem takes the listener through a coronation ceremony of a former enslaved who has become King. This piece was written as an Oriki (Yoruba praise poem) for this character and it was translated to and read in Yoruba by my good friend Omolade Oni. Incase you're wondering what the poem is saying, here is the English version: The brave One Defiant Soldier Voice of a thousand Voice for a thousand slaves and many more. His words prove justice wrong His words pierce the hearts of the “good” and make the wicked fall face flat to the ground The ground he treads on shakes with rigour His speech makes all tremble and his body is like brass His silence sounds loud like the gong of the town crier And his rage is the reason for his crown His crown is a crown of gold The beads on the front show his royalty They are like a crystal river That flows through a desert, They speak of his excellence The body of all bodies Voice of all voices Initiator of freedom Ruler for a reason With his crown, he will lead Although oppressed, with his crown, he will be KING Bearer of the Crown Bearer of the message The honour and glory of the people The slave is King and so a slave no more is he The slave slave that bears the Crown is greater And forever will be. Background vocals by: Sayo Olowo-Ake, Omolade Oni and myself. Produced by: Iberedem Etim Inyang Follow me on instagram: @kehindeolowoake
01:48
July 22, 2022
"Jola, pause"
Rest is easy to pronounce and hard to do. I wrote this poem in 2019, around the time I was just starting my Masters Degree. I was so worried and I didn't know what to expect because I had never been down that road before. One day, I was making eggs and looking out my window and I just observed the mountains and clouds- they were just themselves, just 'being'. What does it look like for you to be still and at peace in the middle of uncertainty? For me, the answer I discovered (and I'm still learning) is in this poem. Follow me on instagram: @kehindeolowoake
01:28
July 08, 2022
"I am a twin"
Here is a very brief recount of my childhood experiences as a twin. Not only did some people mix my twin sister and I up but they also would get confused and sometimes call one of us by our older sister's name. Yes all 3 of us have very similar names and they all start with the 'sh' sound. Follow me on instagram: @kehindeolowoake
02:39
June 24, 2022
STO:RI (pilot)
Welcome to '...into words with Sola' Season 3, it feels great to be back! In this episode, I talk about my holiday, rest, learning Korean, my love for BTS and a summary of how season 3 of this podcast is going to unfold. Photo: Seun Olowo-Ake You can head over to my instagram to watch the story behind it. Song: [White] Archetypes (poem) by Sola Olowo-Ake from The Writing Circle Project's , Unveiling (the full project is linked) Instagram: @kehindeolowoake  Tag me, follow me and share this podcast. Odaabo.
08:16
June 17, 2022
Episode 4- "I want my mummy's food to still be in my stomach."
#hostel stories This is the last episode for #hostel stories Theresa and Sola will be sharing their Nigerian boarding house experiences in three parts- "only cultists like beans"; "huh-soo culture"; "I want my mummy's food to still be in my stomach" Do you have similar experiences? Share them with Theresa and Sola on Instagram. Instagram: Theresa- @chatswitht Sola- @kehindeolowoake Episode 2- "only cultists like beans" Episode 3- "huh-su" culture Episode 4- "I want my mummy's food to still be in my stomach."
09:28
October 01, 2021
Episode 3- "Huh-su" Culture
#hostel stories for the next few episodes Theresa and Sola will be sharing their Nigerian boarding house experiences in three parts- "only cultists like beans"; "Huh-su" culture; "I want my mummy's food to still be in my stomach" Do you have similar experiences? Share them with Theresa and Sola on Instagram. Instagram: Theresa- @chatswitht Sola- @kehindeolowoake Episode 2- "only cultists like beans" Episode 3- "Huh-su" culture Episode 4- I want my mummy's food to still be in my stomach"
06:42
September 11, 2021
Episode 2- "only cultists like beans"
#hostel stories for the next few episodes Theresa and Sola will be sharing their Nigerian boarding house experiences in three parts- "only cultists like beans"; "huhsu culture"; "I want my mummy's food to still be in my stomach" Do you have similar experiences? Share them with Theresa and Sola on Instagram. Instagram: Theresa- @chatswitht Sola- @kehindeolowoake
09:06
August 28, 2021
Episode 1- "Naija, which way?"
The theme today is "Naija, which way?" Theresa and Sola explore this question more in-depth as they relay stories that they have heard and experienced and they share their thoughts about some of the underlying issues that exist within these narratives. Through this episode they set the tone for what people can expect from the episodes to come. Follow us on Instagram: Theresa: @chatswitht Sola: @kehindeolowoake
12:38
July 29, 2021
Pilot
Naija, which way? Is a segment of '...into words with Sola' that sets out to explore storytelling and celebrate it. Sola will be joined by her friend, Theresa and through their podcast episodes, they both would explore what it means to be Nigerian through their own subjectivities  by storytelling experiences they have had (and in some ways still do) as Nigerian women. Find us on instagram: Sola- @kehindeolowoake Theresa- @chatswitht
02:28
July 21, 2021
Ahọn Dudu's Story (3): bọs glas
 Ahọn Dudu warns the King and he responds. ... This audio is part of my Master of Design thesis project which uses Yorùbá storytelling to speak about my experience with lack of black communal culture here in Vancouver, Canada. In the story, Ahọn Dudu the main character (who is me) goes round warning everyone in the land he resides in about smoke that is coming up the mountain to destroy it. For more on this project check out my Instagram @kehindeolowoake
06:35
May 05, 2021
Ahọn Dudu's Story (2): Fasad Dafasiti
The people of Oke respond to Ahọn Dudu’s warning. ... This audio is part of my Master of Design thesis project which uses Yorùbá storytelling to speak about my experience with lack of black communal culture here in Vancouver, Canada. In the story, Ahọn Dudu the main character (who is me) goes round warning everyone in the land he resides in about smoke that is coming up the mountain to destroy it. For more on this project check out my Instagram @kehindeolowoake
04:31
May 05, 2021
Ahọn Dudu's Story (1): Dnayal
Ahọn Dudu is faced with the challenge of passing on a message that could cost him his life. He is forced to make a decision and navigate his way through disbelief and doubt from his own people- the people of Oke. ... This audio is part of my Master of Design thesis project which uses Yorùbá storytelling to speak about my experience with lack of black communal culture here in Vancouver, Canada. In the story, Ahọn Dudu the main character (who is me) goes round warning everyone in the land he resides in about smoke that is coming up the mountain to destroy it. For more on this project check out my Instagram @kehindeolowoake
09:30
May 05, 2021
Ahọn Dudu's Intro
In preparation for his story, Ahọn Dudu introduces you to the place he resides, Oke. He is about to story tell a series of events that he experienced in Oke. ... This audio is part of my Master of Design thesis project which uses Yorùbá storytelling to speak about my experience with lack of black communal culture here in Vancouver, Canada. In the story, Ahọn Dudu the main character (who is me) goes round warning everyone in the land he resides in about smoke that is coming up the mountain to destroy it. For more about the project check out my Instagram @kehindeolowoake
02:27
May 05, 2021
Poetry: They fear colour
My recent poetic reflections on the shooting that when down in the 3 Atlanta spas last week and injustice in our world at large. #stopasianhate #racismisthevirus
02:57
March 21, 2021
Episode 7- Care?
"Care for me, care for me/ I know you care for, me care for me..." was sang by THE MS. Lauryn Hill and we love that song but how many of us actually take time to care for ourselves and each other? In this episode, I discuss notions of care and laughter as form of care.
17:10
February 13, 2021
Episode 6- Things I learned in 2020 /Tili/
Do you ever make New Year Resolutions? For me, I stopped a long time ago but I usually reflect on my year and write down lessons I learned- no matter how small. In this episode, I share with you some things I learned in 2020 (Tili) and are still learning now. 
22:00
January 10, 2021
Episode 5- To be a child again?
What does it look like to hold on to childlikeness? Were we fooled into thinking that going into adulthood meant laying all of our childlikeness down? What is at stake when we let go of all of it? Why do we crave what children have?  These and more questions and thoughts are expressed in this podcast...+what Jingle Jangle teaches us about children, wonder and childlikeness.
23:45
December 18, 2020
Poetry: 'When we were young'
...is a poem I wrote about embracing childlikeness and the need to  do this as an adult. The poem ends with a song my sisters and I grew up singing in primary school- 'Pamuregeji'. It was a fun song we were taught to introduce ourselves to people with but also, we used it at leisure time to play. The poem suggests that I go back there and hold on to the playful side of little Sola- I don't have to let all of her go.  To be a child again.
02:24
December 08, 2020
Episode 4- "Rest"
Anyone else ever feel guilty when they decide to take some minutes/ a day off? In this episode I talk about my ongoing struggle with rest and how I am navigating it. I also share a poem I wrote for this episode to illustrate its  importance. 
12:30
December 01, 2020
Poetry: 'Black Brown Skin'
...is my poetic reflection on the 'rejection of self' as it relates to Christian religion practices and my faith in God- those two being very different things in my opinion. In the poem I try to explore 'what is true', 'what is right',  'what the issues are' and 'how these issues conflict with truth'.  'Black Brown Skin' speaks to anti-black racism and lies I believed as a black female in these past few turbulent months. The poem is a journey back to truth which is rooted in my relationship with God- whether you be "Black" or "Brown" you are made in the image of God [Imago Dei]. Therefore, you are worthy of respect, dignity and love. This brings a higher sense of responsibility to humans with regards to how they treat fellow humans.  'Black Brown Skin' can also be metaphoric for any race that has been categorized as the 'other'- as these races have faced different types/forms of oppression but they all fall under an umbrella 'racism'. 
04:52
November 12, 2020
Episode 3- 'Rejection of Self'
For all my POCs' and foreigners living in countries other than their home, have you ever code-switched to the extent that you begin to let go of your own ethnic identity? Can you relate to 'rejection of self'? In this episode, I address my own personal experience with it in the context of my home country and the context of the diaspora, and how it affects the individual, the environment and community building.
21:49
November 02, 2020
Episode 2- #ENDSARS
An episode dedicated to spreading awareness about the #ENDSARS #ENDSWAT protests that have been going on for a number of days in efforts to speak against and end police brutality in Nigeria. In this episode I talk about what is going on and I have only done this because I hope to bring more awareness and hold our government accountable. I join with my Nigerian brothers and sisters to speak out against this. If you are on social media, share the hashtags #ENDSARS #ENDSWAT #ENDPOLICEBRUTALITY If you are in a position where you can effect change, write letters to people in government, change policies, care for the wounded etc, I urge you to spread the word and do it. If you are far away and can't really do anything else, I urge you to share this and share similar posts on social media.
12:54
October 18, 2020
Introduction
Hey all!  My name is Sola Olowo-Ake and this is the very first podcast episode. In this episode [intro], I talk about what '...into words with Sola' is all about! So I hope you enjoy it and stay tuned for more content.
02:43
October 07, 2020