Esther Muema Mutheu is the winner of the 60th slam Africa edition of the first ever tag team competition that was held at the Alliance Françoise in Nairobi. She is a third year student, majoring in communication and electronic media in Daystar University.
Esther is a go-getter, outgoing, fun and loves challenges.
In an exclusive interview, she shares her journey as a spoken word artist and her slam Africa experience.
VARCITY: How long have you been doing spoken word art?
ESTHER: I started writing my pieces while still in primary school although I never got to recite them
VARCITY: How did you know about slam Africa?
ESTHER: I knew about it through another spoken word artist. Keith the cartoonist. He is also the 56th slam Africa spoken word winner. We are really good friends.
VARCITY: How many other teams were competing in the same category?
ESTHER: We had two other teams. The first team spoke of the death of spoken word and the second spoke of the life of boney and Clyde.
VARCITY: What was your piece about?
ESTHER: It was on a love story that never was.
VARCITY: How long did it take to write it?
ESTHER: It took almost a month. Reason, we don’t write on the same issue. Keith relates all his pieces to cartoons and I relate mine to real life experiences.
VARCITY: What made your piece special?
ESTHER: It was easy to relate with because most people know how it feels like when you bank your feelings on a love that never was.
VARCITY: Where else have you performed?
ESTHER: My first two performances were at Pap clan, which has now been rebranded to Ndimi zetu.
VARCITY: How was the experience compared to your first performances?
ESTHER: It was nerve wrecking and fun at the same time.
VARCITY: Why did you choose slam Africa?
ESTHER: I wanted to prove that my pieces were worth the competition and worth being said out loud.
VARCITY: What challenges did you face throughout the whole experience?
ESTHER: I kept forgetting my lines, felt a little discouraged by the critics who were giving opinions on our piece and I also had a hard time in expressing my emotions.
VARCITY: Who inspires your poetry works?
ESTHER: Mufasa. This is because it is very easy to relate to his pieces and he is also great at matching his work with emotions.
VARCITY: What can you say about spoken word in Kenya?
ESTHER: A lot of people are talented. All they need is to identify platforms that can use to express themselves.
VARCITY: What advice can you give to those that are yet to come out?
ESTHER: Do not be scared to show who you are and what you feel or think because even if you don’t believe it your opinions do count somewhere.