The storytelling poet who lets you choose how the story goes.
Ivan Irakoze is a storytelling poet who performs through interactive storytelling sessions with his audiences through pieces in both English & French; enabling them to have a say on how the stories told go.
Born in Bujumbura, Burundi, Ivan Irakoze grew up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and in Nairobi, Kenya.
He first started writing poetry at the age of 11 and has always had a love for the power of words and poetry in particular – whether written, spoken, or in music. His poetry is inspired by his own personal experiences, his environment, and music – especially the hip hop genre.
Ivan began performing spoken word poetry in March 2014 and has since done it on a consistent basis. He is also the 58th and current Slam Africa King having won the competition in October, 2015. Another highlight in his journey as an artiste so far includes giving a TEDx Talk in April 2018 on the importance of telling one's own story and the benefits of artistic self-expression. In August 2018, he released my first EP titled, ‘REAL’ - a 6-track project exploring the topics of love and what it feels like to be in a relationship.
Ivan is also the Founder of Ink Overflow - a social enterprise promoting art and self-expression in its many forms - having started it in 2014.