Seventeen poets have been named on the 2017 Babishai Haiku Award shortlist. The award is an initiative of the Babishai-Niwe Poetry Foundation whose director is Beverly Nambuzo Nsengiyunva.

Here are their names and countries.

  • Charlotte Akello (Uganda).
  • Usman Karofi (Nigeria).
  • Kariuki wa Nyamu (Kenya).
  • Anthony Itopa Obaro (Nigeria).
  • Ahmad Holderness (Nigeria).
  • Fred Kweku Forson (Ghana).
  • Acen Miriam Carolyne (Uganda).
  • Kwao Jonathan Tetteh (Ghana).
  • Nnedi Ezenwa Ohaeto (Nigeria).
  • Alawonde Theophilus Femi (Nigeria).
  • Justice Joseph Prah (Ghana).
  • Osemwengie Zion (Nigeria).
  • Kuadegbeku Pamela (Ghana).
  • Abubasam Fahad Mutumba (Uganda).
  • Akor Emmanuel Oche (Nigeria).
  • Dan’bala Umar (Ghana).
  • Obaji-Nwali Shegun (Nigeria).

The judging panel comprises: Adjei Agyei-Baah, co-founder of the Africa Haiku Network; Mercy Ituri, a landscape designer and award-winning haikuist from Kenya; and Emmanuel Kalusian, editor of the Mamba Journal.

Three winners, who will be announced on 6 August at the Babishai 2017 poetry festival dinner, will receive cash prizes and be published in Mamba journal, as well as participate in selected literary festivals around the continent.

The shortlisted haikus can be read HERE.

Congratulations to the poets.

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Otosirieze Obi-Young’s writing has been shortlisted for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award, and nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. His fiction has appeared in Transition (“A Tenderer Blessing,” 2015), The Threepenny Review (“Mulumba,” 2016), and Pride and Prejudice: African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice and Sexuality (“You Sing of a Longing,” 2017), an anthology of The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His work further appears in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays, Africa in Dialogue, and Brittle Paper, where he is submissions editor. He is the editor of the Art Naija Series: a sequence of concept-based e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness. The first anthology, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (Oct., 2016) focuses on cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June, 2017) focuses on professions. He attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and currently teaches English at another Nigerian university. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just Googles Rihanna.

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  1. Simeon Mpamugoh 2017/07/25 at 06:57 #

    Congratulations to the seven Nigerians’ Shortlistees.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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