Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo and Empower Congo Women
September 12, 2009
Boston based Nigerian-American award winning poet and singer, Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo, will be performing a benefit concert to celebrate and support the work of Dr. Victoria Bentley, founder of Empower Congo Women, a 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to helping the Congolese heal, rebuild their lives and prosper. Dr. Bentley, or Mama Victoria, as the Congolese women call her, will speak about the conditions in the Congo, her work at the Ushindi Center, and the spiritual journey that led her to be of service in a country that has been called the worst place in the world to be a woman. The featured performer at the event will be Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo, one of the most sought after poetry slammers in the country. She recently performed in a tribute to Mia Farrow during the 2009 Leon H. Sullivan Summit Awards at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Among her lists of credits:
- Composing and performing a poem for a dinner event hosted for Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda.
- Being commissioned by Discovery Channel for their 2008 brand campaign
- Creating a diversity training tool for a top-twenty ad - Gracing the inaugural cover of the magazine Leverage
- Receiving a 2007 Massachusetts Industry Committee Hip-Hop Award for Spoken Word Artist of the year, and a New England Urban Music Award for the Best Female Spoken Word Poet of 2006.
Join us for an evening of inspiration, poetry, music, and dance to celebrate and support the work of Dr. Victoria Bentley - and stay for a reception where you can meet Mama Victoria and Iyeoka!