Born, Chris Edzordzi Parker Sefogah, with the stage name, CEP Sefogah (Megborna), CEP Sefogah has been very active in the poetry scene in Ghana since 2015. Currently a third year student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, offering Bachelor of Fine Arts with specialty in Painting and Sculpture. With about 70 performances in his first year in KNUST, and more than 150 stage appearances and performances in KNUST, and about 25 performances and stage appearances in Kumasi alone from 2016-2018, CEP.Sefogah is inarguably, the most sort after Spoken Word Artiste/Poet in KNUST.
Being among the very few Spoken Artistes in Ghana (if not the only two), to release a spoken word album, he released his first Spoken Word Album in 2017, titled “AGOO-Silver Words” while many of his colleague spoken word artistes were releasing mixtapes.
According to him, the ten track Spoken Word album, which was released officially on 24th December, 2017, is his birthday gift to the world.
“I dropped this album on my birthday today, 24th Dec, 2017, as he celebrated his 25th birthday. They are silver words because every issue addressed by every poem/spoken word on the album are just but a little compared to the many life experiences I’ve had over my 25 years on earth, This is just a gift. Clearly, there’s going to be more to come.”- CEP Sefogah.
He continues to work and put his heart and soul into spoken word, leading him to release singles not just for entertainment sake but to also address issues around him, his singles, “Life-Over-Suicide (LoS)” was to address the suicide spree experienced in Ghana during mid 2017, which the life of a then first year female student in Independence hall, around the when the he was also resident.
Raising awareness and paying tribute to the victims of the flooding and fire incident in Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Ghana and the atomic junction filling station fire explosion, led him to release the poem/spoken word, “And So We Mourn”. Another of his poems, “Hmmn- tribute to ebony” was much appreciated by fans of the late dancehall artiste, Ebony Reigns. Another of his much appreciated spoken word audio and video, “I’m in Love” was quite a success among University students, especially KNUST.
Taking into recent KNUST SAGA, CEP Sefogah released a new spoken word titled, Enough Is Enough, featuring HR, Anne and Keziah, is a piece that comes after the wake of the 22nd October, 2018, peaceful demonstration that went violent by the students of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
The supposed peaceful demonstration by students towards the authorities as a form of protest to policies by the authorities affecting students and brutality and abuse of students by campus security turned violent leading to the destruction/vandalizing of many school properties. In this spoken word, CEP Sefogah (Megborna) takes no sides as he speaks for the students and the authorities weighing their actions and in-actions that led to what will be remembered as one of the dark days in the history of the university of which he is a student and will or has been affected as a result of what transpired on that day leading to the close-down of the university as at the time of release of this spoken word and this video.
The video contains real time video footage that was taken during the course of the demonstration by many other students and persons other than students who due to anonymity cannot be directly credited for the footage. Scenes of the poet and the featured musicians were also specially shot and included.
The theme for the spoken word “Enough Is Enough” is the slogan used to campaign by the executive body of the Student Representative Council that supposedly led the demonstration.
With singles like “Touch Down” (a welcome advice to all freshers admitted to any university in Ghana), “Birth of a Nation” (dedicated to the founding fathers of Ghana and reminding Ghanaians that there’s more they can do to develop the country), “Hard Life”, “This Is Us”, and “Let’s Love Us”, are all spoken words yet to be released.
CEP Sefogah, is constantly using his spoken word as an art form and a channel of reaching the society and addressing issues and speaking to the heart of many critical issues and social narratives. Studying to be an artist, he sees his spoken word as an art and incorporates African proverbs and languages in it and storytelling as well.
CEP Sefogah is set to release his second studio album which he titles “MEGBORNA” a 14 track Spoken Word album, in January 2019, with Major Collaborations and International Features.
A single from the album has already been released with the title, WHAT IF..?, a minute animation trailer of one of the theme songs on the album, titled, Alke-bulan is also out. This November, he is set to release another single, Branches of the Same Tree” featuring the sensational Sablar from the album. There’ll be an album listening party for in Kumasi within the month of November and another in Accra in December, before the official release of the album next year.
As a Spoken Word Artiste, he’s shared stages and been on platforms with names like Former President, JJ Rawlings, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, Kojo Yankson, KSM, DKB, Abeiku Santana, Pof. Obiri Danso (KNUST Vice Chancellor), Sam-Degraft, Chief Moomen, Rhyme Sonnie, and many more.
Some platforms and places he’s performed at include, TEDxAccra, TEDxAshaiman, TEDxKnust, National theatre, Conference Centre, World Trade Centre, Alliance Francais’ Accra and Kumasi, KNUST, UPSA, UG-Legon, AITT, UEW, high schools, churches, Canada, and many, many, more.
He’s currently been nominated for the category of Most Influential Spoken Word Artiste/Poet in the 2018 Ghana Tertiary Awards, coming of 23rd of November, 2018. To see him pick up this award for all his hard work, text GBJ5 to the code 1736 on all local networks.
His social media Accounts
YouTube Channel: CEP Sefogah
Facebook: CEP.Sefogah/Cep Sefogah
Below are links to some of his Spoken Word Audios and Videos.