Brunel Poetry Prize: Two Nigerians Named Joint Winners
The Brunel University African Poetry is now open for entries beginning Sept 1, 2016 through Nov 30, 2016.
For those unfamiliar, The Brunel University African Poetry Prize is a major annual poetry prize of £3000 aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa.
Now in its fourth year, the competition is open to African poets worldwide who are yet to publish a full poetry collection and to be eligible, each poet has to submit 10 poems for consideration. This year’s judges included poets, critics and academics and the winners of the 2016 prize are Gbenga Adesina (Nigeria) and Chekwube O. Danladi (Nigeria).
Of the 900 entries received, the judges came up with a shortlist of ten poets:
- Gbenga Adesina (Nigeria);
- Victoria-Anne Bulley (Ghana);
- Mary-Alice Daniel (Nigeria);
- Chekwube O. Danladi (Nigeria);
- Amy Lukau (Angola);
- Ngwatilo Mawiyoo (Kenya);
- Momtaza Mehri (Eritrea/Somalia);
- Saradha Soobrayen (Mauritius);
- Warsan Shire (Somalia) and
- Chimwemwe Undi (Zambia/Zimbabwe/Namibia)
The winning poems can be read here and below is an excerpt of just one of the poems (from Chekwube’s collection) that I found to be engaging:
I must sing a bit for my own self. This
night, what I say in my meaningless
platitudes breeds exactly that: the feel of flat. This
night, I coat my teeth with my own intercessions:
I want to be big. I wish I was still a human.
I want to be a god in your cosmos. I want
to be age old
milk wet bone firm
Interested in submitting your poems for consideration? Click here and BEST OF LUCK! Let me know how it goes eh?