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.

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The shortlisted haikus can be read HERE.

Congratulations to the poets.