Valentine Onyeka Ogunaka, widely known as Brainbox, is an A-list Nigerian spoken word artist with works spanning across socio-political issues and and the SDGs. In 2016, he won the HAGI Spoken Words Contest for his poem “I Will Speak for Her”, commemorating the day of the girl child, and he also released the first-ever documentary on spoken word poetry in Nigeria. He currently has two published anthologies to his name “Dreams Wake Me” and “Just Because We Are Grownups”. He is set to release a political EP in January 2019.
This spoken word poem titled “Not Too Young to Be Useful” is a creative interpretation of the #NotTooYoungToRun campaign, which sought to reduce the age limit for running for elected office in Nigeria and globally, to increase youth participation in politics. It is an energetic piece laced with inspirational lines and also devoid of any invectives. Released in partnership with YIAGA and the Abuja Talk Series, it is a civic engagement effort.