Omar Cham - Candidate 2018
Omar Cham Born in Bundung in 1994, he is the first winner of the National Poetry Slam of the Gambia and will be in Chad for the first edition of Africa Cup of Slam Poetry in November. He rose through the ranks of spoken word poetry, not just as a writer and a stage performer but also as an ambassador that has transformed the hype and value of poetry to different admirable levels in his country. Omar started his poetry journey as a keen writer, publishing with newspapers, magazines and co-authoring an anthology in 2014 before becoming a household name in the art. He has performed in the biggest stages in his country with a couple of representations: at the Thies international Festival in Senegal and the World Festival of Youths and Students in Russia, all in 2017. He has been invited as a guest poet in series of organizational, national and international conferences and seminars with few featuring in video and audio productions. Omar does poetry in diversified ways with the ability to portray deep emotions in his performances or inject you with a high level of humor on revolutionary, political, social, cultural and romantic themes. He is well known for his strength of word play, rhythmic flow and linguistic multiplicity forming the brand of his delivery. Omar is also a youth activist, a trainer and an actor, characters of which take their shares in every bid of his work.