Nick Makoha

Nick Makoha in the running

A few days ago I mentioned here that there is a poetry festival about to hit Kampala, Uganda in a few weeks. The festival, the Babishai Niwe Poetry Festival was started initially as the Babishai Niwe Poetry Award popularly known as the BN Poetry Award which is the only poetry prize on the African continent. Seriously, its the only that I know of. Last years winner was Tom Kip Jalio.

Those in the running for this years glory were unveiled with a long list that includes writers from the usual suspects in African literature (read Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa). The only name that jumps up at me is Ugandan Nick Makoha who won the Brunel Africa Poetry Prize earlier this year. The others are;

  • Femi Morgan (Nigeria)
  • Femia Nkansa (Ghana)
  • Nick Makoha (Uganda)
  • Arinze Ifeakandu (Nigeria)
  • Lua Davis (Cameroon)
  • Salawu Olajide (Nigeria)
  • Ann Waruguru  Kiai (Kenya)
  • Emmanuel Okom  (Nigeria)
  • Samuel Oluwatobi (Nigeria)
  • Babatunde  Fagbayibo  (Nigeria)
  • Mugabi Byenkya   (Nigeria/Uganda)
  • Chiuga Veronica  Akaolisa  (Nigeria)
  • Nick Makoha (Uganda)
  • Edidiong Bassey (Nigeria)
  • Kelvin  Kaesa (Kenya)
  • Eseza Nabaggala (Uganda)
  • Redscar Mc Odindo K’Oyuga (Kenya)
    Ayeyemi Taye  (Nigeria)
  • Kitumba John Mary  (Uganda)
  • Ama Asantewa  Diaka  (Ghana)
  • Adaeze   M.  Nwadike  (Nigeria)
  • Richard Otwao (Uganda)
  • Danica  Kreusch  (South Africa)
  • Esther Karin Mngodo  (Tanzania)
  • Efe Tokunbo   (Nigeria)
  • Adhiambo  Agoro  (Kenya)
  • Adeeko Ibukun  (Nigeria)
  • Nyanduaki  Okongo  Omare (Kenya)
  • Sanya Noel (Kenya)
  • James Yeku (Nigeria)
  • AbdulKareem  (Nigeria)
  • Redscar  McOdindo K’Oyuga  (Kenya)
  • J.K Anowe  (Nigeria)
  • Annette Mumbi  (Kenya)
  • Samuel  Oluwatobi Olatunji  (Nigeria)
  • Adelaja Ridwan  Olayiwola (Nigeria)
  • Edith Nakku-Joloba (Uganda)
  • Babajide  Michael Olusegun (Nigeria)
  • Michael Ochoki (Kenya)

To read the poems from the longlisted poets please click here.