Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2017 shortlist announced

Ten poets have made the Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2017 shortlist announced today.

The Brunel International African Poetry Prize launched in 2012 is a major annual poetry prize of £3000, aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa. Now in its fifth year, the Prize is sponsored by Brunel University London and Commonwealth Writers.

The prize is open to African poets worldwide who have not yet published a full poetry collection. Each poet has to submit 10 poems to be eligible. Previous winners of the prize are Warsan Shire (Somalia) (2013), Liyou Libsekal (Ethiopia) (2014), Safia Elhillo (Sudan) & Nick Makoha (Uganda) (2015), and Gbenga Adesina (Nigeria) & Chekwube O. Danladi (Nigeria) (2016)

The judges this year are the poets and academics: Chris Abani (Northwestern University); Kwame Dawes (University of Nebraska); Safia Elhillo (winner of the 2015 Prize); Patricia Jabbeh Welsley (Penn State University) and Chair and founder, Bernardine Evaristo (Brunel University London).

The shortlist of Africans in the running for the big mulla are;

  • Sahro Ali (Somalia)
  • Leila Chatti (Tunisia)
  • Kayo Chingonyi (Zambia)
  • Saddiq Dzukogi (Nigeria)
  • Yalie Kamara (Sierra Leone)
  • Kechi Nomu (Nigeria)
  • Richard Oduor Oduku (Kenya)
  • Romeo Oriogun (Nigeria)
  • Rasaq Malik (Nigeria)
  • Nick Makoha (Uganda)

The winner/s will be announced on May 2nd 2017.