Chioniso Tsikisayi and Hussani Abdulrahim.

The winners for Ibua Publishing’s 2023 continental call on the theme of climate change have just been announced. Chioniso Tsikisayi from Zimbabwe wins the Poetry category and Hussani Abdulrahim from Nigeria wins in the Short Story category.

Ibua Journal is a quarterly online magazine offering literary and social commentary on African lives. In their upcoming issue, the journal will feature the impact of climate change on various locales across the continent.

Ibua announced the call for submissions back in February. The winning story and poem receive a cash prize of USD 350 and USD 120 respectively.

In the Poetry category, Chioniso Tsikisayi won with her poem “A Rain Cloud is a Ballot Box“. In the Short Story category, Hussani Abdulrahim won with the short story “An Ark on the Confluence“.

Chioniso Tsikisayi is a spoken word poet, writer, singer, and filmmaker from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Her work has been published in Brittle Paper, Isele Magazine and Litro Magazine. She is a finalist for Grand Slam Africa 2021 hosted by Kenya Poetry Slam and Cre8ive Spills and placed third for the Intwasa Short Story Competition 2021. Brittle Paper named her their November Spotlight Artist.

Hussani Abdulrahim is a Toyin Falola Prize winner, Gerald Kraak finalist, and a winner of the 2019 Poetically Written Prose Contest. He was a semifinalist for the Boston Review 2019 Aura Estrada Short Story Contest and shortlisted for the 2019 ACT Award. His works have appeared at 20:35 Africa, praxismagonline, KSR, and Memento (an anthology of contemporary Nigerian poets). He lives in Northern Nigeria.

Congrats to the two talented winners!