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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 is a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

One Response to “The 2017 Babishai Haiku Award Shortlist” Subscribe

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

    Congratulations to the seven Nigerians’ Shortlistees.

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