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Q: Where are you located ?
A: Austin Texas but I am able to Travel depending on location and budget for event.
Q:Do you Teach Workshops
A: Yes, I've been teaching poetry workshops since 2005 and have taught them in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and the Austin Area.
A writer, martial arts instructor, actor and architect, Akeem Olaj can be called a modern day Renaissance man. He’s been active in the New Orleans Poetry Community since 2004, when he and fellow high school students in the city began cultivating youth open mics and poetry slams. He was one of the founding members and team captain of N.O.Y.S. (New Orleans Youth Slam) that went to BNV (Brave New Voices) an international youth poetry slam in 2005. That year’s team finished 6th out of 40 teams in their first year of international competition. A person who loves to create, he went to college for architecture in 2005 and graduated from UL-Lafayette in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and from Tulane University with his Masters in Architecture and Design in 2011. All while Akeem was in school, he acted in numerous college plays and in 2008 got back into Slam Competition with New Orleans Slam.In 2010 Akeem was one of the founding members and Slam Masters/coach of Slam New Orleans (affectionately nick named Team S.N.O.) and went on to nationals to win the group piece competition. This was New Orleans first National Title of any kind, and the first time New Orleans was represented in a national competition since hurricane Katrina in 2005. The team could not attend Nationals the following year but returned in 2012. That year Team S.N.O. did one better and won the entire National Poetry Slam and in 2013 repeated the feat; making Akeem a 3 time national poetry slam team titleist in his first 3 appearances in the competition.
Other Titles that he won with Team S.N.O. includes the 2016 Southernfried Team poetry champion , the 2016 And the 2017 Southwest regional poetry slam, the 2017 Red Stick Regional Poetry champion. As well as Two final appearances at Southwest Shootout Poetry Slam., and 3 other National Semi-Final Appearances 2015-2017
As an individual he's a 3 Time New Orleans Grand Slam Champion, the 2016, and 17 Rouge Roulette Regional Poetry Champion, two time finalist at Texas Grand Slam. Austin Poetry Slam Grand Slam Champion for 2019,a two time KTX slam Finalist and a two time finalist and the 2019 Champion of the Individual of the World Poetry Slam.
In 2014 Akeem was announced to be the top 40 people under 40 to know in New Orleans by Gambit weekly. He was recognized for his accomplishments in poetry and for his 2014 one man play called "not unto us" Directed by Bryeil Smith presented at the Reconstruction Conference of Louisiana.
Other artists he has opened for include P.Diddy and the family, Kendrick Lamar, Tank and the Bangas, Sunni Patterson, Buddy Wakefield and alternative singer Adia Victoria.
He has been featured on CBS tonight News, USA Today, Button Poetry, Write About Now, All Def Poetry and Blavity,
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