*”Spoken Words are either distracting and toxic, or empowering and healing….let’s heal the world by starting with ourselves” – Abiola Valentine
Abiola Valentine is a poet/spoken word artist who uses writing as a means of expressing the realm of human emotions such as love, joy, pain, fear, anger, rejection, and abandonment, in order to foster individual healing and world unity. Abiola believes that change must start in the homes and schools of our children before their minds are clouded by the negativity of outside forces. Her poetry promotes self-esteem, self-respect, self-discipline and love for the oneness of humanity. It relates to social issues including teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, absentee parents and violence.
Abiola Valentine facilitates youth poetry workshops as a means of dealing with various emotions, entitled, “Overcoming Fears by Honoring Your Inner Truth,” one conducted at the Baltimore Book Festival, sponsored by the Baltimore Office of Promotion.
Abiola Valentine facilitates diversity workshops, entitled, “Experience Diversity and Oneness Through Poetry,” one recently conducted at Johns Hopkins University.
Abiola Valentine’s poem, Mama Africa Weeps For You My Son, has moved the hearts of thousands of men toward understanding the cry of our sons. And, We’ve Got The Power, has educated and empowered people of all races, sexes, and religions towards becoming who they were created to be. Her piece, Calling All Fathers, is a call for fathers to help raise our children. She brings hope and purpose to all communities in the current troubled social climate. Abiola is a consistent voice for positive change. She inspires love for our Creator, for self, and for others. Abiola Valentine’s inspiration pulls from our history, our present, and hope for the future in a way that is comfortable for ethnically diverse audiences. All ages will find something to enjoy in her poetry.
Abiola Valentine has presented her original spoken word at many educational institutions, festivals, community organizations, and churches. Most recently she appeared on the program “100 Years of The African National Congress Celebration” with His Excellency Ebrahim Rasool, Republic of South Africa Ambassador to the United Stated of America. She was a featured poet at Def Poetry Jam Online for February, 2005, in addition to several television and radio appearances. Since the beginning of Abiola’s popularity in 1990, she has appeared on programs with many other activists/artists, such as Amiri Baraka; Sonia Sanchez; Haki Madhubuti; Ras Baraka; Traci Morris; Asha Bandele; Jessica Care Moore; Askia M. Toure; Kenneth Zakee; Kupenda Auset; Anthony Parnell; Laini Mataka; The Last Poets; Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo; Dr. Na’im Akbar; Dr. Molefi K. Asante; Dr. Leonard Jeffries; Bishop Barbara Harris; William Alexander Haley (son of the late author Alex Haley); Jean Carne; Hugh Masekela; Afeni Shakur (mother of Tupac Shakur); Gary Bartz; the late Mary Carter Smith and Ruby Glover.
Abiola published a book of poetry entitled, Calling All Fathers; she’s currently working on her autobiography and children picture books.
Abiola Valentine released a CD dedicated to Tupac Shakur of original spoken word and rap to music entitled, When I Weep (September, 2011). To accompany the book she released a CD reading her original work entitled, Calling All Fathers (July, 2010). She also released a powerful CD reading scriptures to original music entitled, The Lord Is My Shepherd (September, 2008).
Abiola looks forward to sharing her powerful energy with you. So, take a walk with Abiola Valentine and become empowered on your journey to greatness!!!