Adjei Agyei-Baah

The Babishai Haiku 2017 award, the leading prize for Haiku writing in Africa, is seeking your submissions for this year’s competition. The award in its second year is sponsored by the Open Society Initiative for East Africa, UNISA and the African Haiku Network.

Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry of consisting of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world. Seeing as we in Africa are looking East nowadays, it’s only fair that we take some of the more respected of its forms of art. With this in mind, it makes perfect sense that our friends at Babishai Niwe Foundation will get in on the haiku revolution. After all, they were the ones who jumped on the poetry bandwagon in 2008 and changed poetry in East Africa for ever. They started the journey last year with Blessmond Alebna Ayinbire (Ghana), Chibuihe-Light Obi (Nigeria), and Kwaku Feni Adow (Ghana) sharing the grand prize.

It’s that time of the year again folks. Babishai are asking you fellow African to send out your haikus to them and you are in the running to win the second edition of the competition. They are looking forward to Africa themed haiku i.e. haiku about African sights and sounds. It is open to ALL African poets (LIVING IN AFRICA), who will not have published a full-length collection of poetry by July 2017 ·

The short-list will be announced in mid-July 2017. The top three winners will receive 200 USD each and receive publication in the Mamba Haiku journal.

This year chief judge of the #Babishaiku 2017 Competition is Adjei Agyei-Baah the co-founder of Africa Haiku Network and the co-editor of the Mamba Journal, Africa’s international haiku voice. He promotes haiku in Africa and as well serve as a haiku teacher and consultant for several schools and institutions in Ghana. He is the author of “Afriku” published by Red Moon Press, 2016 and a winner of several international haiku awards.

Send three original Haikus in English to [email protected] as a word attachment. DO NOT include your name or contact details on the haiku itself. The subject line should read, #BABISHAIKU2017

More details can be found on the Facebook page, Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, on Twitter @BNPoetryAward and the website,

Good luck Haiku fans.