Ikenna Onyegbula

Born in Nigeria, and raised on three different continents, Ikenna “OpenSecret” Onyegbula has been a spoken word performance poet for five years, having begun competing locally in the Ottawa Poetry Slam scene in the fall of 2007. His work focuses on an array of diverse topics and subject matters from historical biographies to social justice issues, utilizing performance to get into the crux of an ever changing set of circumstances in order to challenge audiences to engage with a vast spectrum of emotions. He has won numerous accolades for his work and has performed all over Canada, the United States and in Europe. As a member of the four member spoken word troupe, The Recipe, Ikenna has been able to further develop his craft and enhance his passion for performance poetry, while as an avid writer, he has self published four poetry chapbooks, UntilSeptember and If Prayers Were Answered I and II and runs performance and writing workshops in Ottawa, Canada, both for youth and adults. He has a passion for community organizing and event promoting and is currently working on his first full anthology of poetry and a novel: a creative work of fiction, entitled Quietus, which he hopes to one day get professionally published.

Major Achievements

  • Four time Ottawa Poetry Slam Finalist (2008-2010, 2012)
  • Three time Canadian National Poetry Slam Finalist, with team Ottawa 2008-2010
  • Two time Canadian National Poetry Slam Champion, with team Ottawa 2009, 2010
  • 2010 Toronto International Poetry Slam 3rd place
  • 2011 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion
  • Coach of the 2011 Canadian Provincial Youth Poetry Slam Champions (Team Ottawa)
  • 2012 World Poetry Slam Championships finalist: finishing in 4th place
  • 2012 Ottawa Poetry Slam Grand Champion



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