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The preliminarily list for The 2018 Best New African Poets has just been released. Please look through the list below. If your name is among, kindly check your mail box for a document containing all necessary information.

Below are the Shortlisted poets:



To the God of Fear: (Best “New” African Poets Collaboration: Mbuthia, Ntensibe, Mairosi, Bolaji, Odewumi, Gwiriri, Malelah The Poet, Guzha, Mwanaka, Ocean Scott, Maina, Swanson, Haile Saize I, Mhondera, Maridzanyere, Mavolwane, Awusa, Agyei-Baah, Abubakar, Jaison)

The Love Song: (Best “New” African Poets Collaboration: Mbuthia, Ntensibe, Mairosi, Bolaji, Odewumi, Gwiriri, Jaison, Malelah The Poet, Guzha, Mwanaka)

Human God: (Best “New” African Poets Collaboration: Mhondera, Mairosi, p’Khisa, Gwiriri, Jaison, Nieuwoudt, Mwanaka)

Artist’s Trails: TendaiRinosMwanaka (Zimbabwe)…..

Between Places (A poetic novel extract): TendaiRinosMwanaka (Zimbabwe)…..

A BLANK PIECE OF PAPER: TendaiRinosMwanaka (Zimbabwe)…..

Rekindled: AtheneNyaraiMutyambizi (Zimbabwe)…..

When It Rained In Khayelitsha: DimakatsoSedite (South Africa)…

Poem for my Mother: DimakatsoSedite (South Africa)….

Invasion: Adré Marshall (South Africa)……

In concert: Adré Marshall(South Africa)……

Will Rise Again: Aleck Kaposa (Zimbabwe)….

Them and you: Aleck Kaposa (Zimbabwe)….

DISEMBODIED MATES: Andrew Nyongesa (Kenya)…..

The Novelist: Aremu Adams Adebisi (Nigeria)…….

AyyooTiyyaa(MY MUM): Leelisa Jacob Sero (Ethiopia)…..

New born: BevenNebaforAwusa (Cameroon)…..

SALAT: ChibuezeObunadike (Nigeria)…..

EGULE (the weaverbird): Chibueze Obunadike (Nigeria)…

SLEEPING WITH THE MOON: Chibueze Obunadike(Nigeria)…

253: ClesirdiaNzorozwa (Zimbabwe)…..

The slums: ClesirdiaNzorozwa(Zimbabwe)…..

To Be Named: Daisy May (South Africa)…

CANVAS: DorcasWairuriMaina (Kenya)….

The Season: EmmanUsmanShehu (Nigeria)….

Carrion Call: EmmanUsmanShehu(Nigeria)….

Midnight sessions: Femi Ayo-Tubosun(Nigeria)….

Seasons: Gamuchirai Susan Muchirahondo (Zimbabwe)…..

Discordant Voice: JabulaniMzinyathi(Zimbabwe)…..

Workers Day: JabulaniMzinyathi (Zimbabwe)…..

Land Of My Birth: JabulaniMzinyathi (Zimbabwe)…..

Fences: John J.J Dongo(Zimbabwe)…..

Sun Glow: John J.J Dongo(Zimbabwe)…..

BROWN COLLAR JOB: Joseph OlamideBabalola (Nigeria)…

MY HEART’S EARTH: Joseph OlamideBabalola (Nigeria)…

The Cat and Cobra Duel: Samuel NyachiroKegwaro (Kenya)…

PAPYRUS UNDERGROUND: Kofi Acquah (Ghana)…

PROPHESY: Kofi Acquah (Ghana)…

TWO SPERMS: Kofi Acquah (Ghana)…

ÌWÀ: Luqman Maryam (Nigeria)…..

CHARACTER: LuqmanMaryam,Translated from Yoruba by Luqman Maryam(Nigeria)…..

Kgateleloyamonagano: MosimaKagisoPhakane (South Africa)…

Depression: MosimaKagisoPhakane, Translation from Pedi[u2] by MosimaKagisoPhakane(South Africa)…

O bolailengwana: MosimaKagisoPhakane(South Africa)…

You killed a child: MosimaKagisoPhakane, Translation from Pedi[u3] by MosimaKagisoPhakane(South Africa)…

Keleeto: MosimaKagisoPhakane(South Africa)…

It’s a journey: MosimaKagisoPhakane, Translation from Pedi [u4] by MosimaKagisoPhakane(South Africa)…

The poet`s sweat: Munyaradzi Gibson Bopoto (Zimbabwe)…

ZOMBIES: Ngam Emmanuel Beyia (Cameroon)…

WHEN THE ELECTION APPROACHES: Ngam Emmanuel Beyia (Cameroon)…

The African Girl Child Shall Rise Again!:NnaneNtube(Cameroon)…

SPARK TO FIRE: NnaneNtube (Cameroon)…

LIKONI FERRY: KariukiwaNyamu (Kenya)…

THE POND OF DEATH: OkeyIfeachor (Nigeria)…

A WALK THROUGH AN AFRICAN VILLAGE: Patrick Hwande (Zimbabwe)…..

Annual Virgins’ Dance: Peter YiekoNdiwa (Kenya)…

The Interview: Peter YiekoNdiwa (Kenya)…

Beyond reach: Revash Kun Kanjiri (Zimbabwe)….

MY GREATEST DREAM: Tafadzwa Bandera(Zimbabwe)….

University of Knowledge: ZongezileMatshoba (South Africa)…

My country: ZongezileMatshoba (South Africa)…

THE FIRE IN YOUR BELLY: Ojonugwa John Attah (Nigeria)….

HE COMES AT NIGHT: Ojonugwa John Attah (Nigeria)….

mirror: AaliyahCassim (South Africa)….

finger painting: AaliyahCassim (South Africa)….

Locked out: Alinafe Diana Zalira (Malawi)…

Bare: AnesuNyakubaya (Zimbabwe)…

The Believer: Aubrey Sandile(Zimbabwe)…

Dark Nights: Aubrey Sandile (Zimbabwe)…

A Falling Bitterness: Aubrey Sandile (Zimbabwe)…

Help: AyomideOdewumiMitchelle (Nigeria)…

You take my breath away: BiltonBoka(Zimbabwe)…

IT'S HIM: ChenjeraiMhondera(Zimbabwe)…

Learning to Drive: Christine Coates (South Africa)…

When all the Water Leaves Us: Christine Coates (South Africa)…

A Mother’s Song: CosmasMairosi(Zimbabwe)…

Beautiful Zimbabwe: CosmasMairosi (Zimbabwe)…

Community Policing: Daniel Many Owiti (Kenya)…

FOR MEMUNA AND CHILD:EkundayoAsifat (Nigeria)…

A PRINCE WITHOUT A HOME: EkundayoAsifat (Nigeria)…

We Are Just Humans: Gerry Sikazwe (Zambia)…

Coming To Think About It: Gerry Sikazwe (Zambia)…

Zimbabwe: HandsenChikowore(Zimbabwe)…

Justice: HandsenChikowore(Zimbabwe)…

Educate to Liberate!:Irene Munthree(South Africa)…

ShungudzanguMhai!:Johannes Mike Mupisa(Zimbabwe)…

Cry of the girl child: Johannes Mike Mupisa (Zimbabwe)…

AfurikaChidadiso: Johannes Mike Mupisa (Zimbabwe)…

Africa: Johannes Mike Mupisa (Zimbabwe)…

Zimbemujombo: Johannes Mike Mupisa (Zimbabwe)…

Hornets’ Nest: Johannes Mike Mupisa (Zimbabwe)…

A Feminist Letter: Kelvin J. Shachile (Kenya)….

Whispers from Home: Kelvin J. Shachile (Kenya)….

Water, a goddess: Kelvin J. Shachile (Kenya)….

A Democrat: LusajoKalangali (Tanzania)…

Right to Die!:LusajoKalangali (Tanzania)…

Afu-Ra-Ka: Mari Ballot (South Africa)…

Ubuntu: Mari Ballot (South Africa)…

Pinnacle: Mari Ballot (South Africa)…

A one way economy: SonwaboMeyi(South Africa)…

alcohol& progress: SonwaboMeyi (South Africa)…

conversations with a mon/star: SonwaboMeyi (South Africa)…

Things we do not know about death: MobolajiOlawale (Nigeria)…

JUST US: MonicahLubangaKuta(Kenya)….

4: MonicahLubangaKuta(Kenya)….

BP AT THIRTY: Mujtaba s Abubakar (Nigeria)…

SCATTERED PETALS: NkosiyaziKanKanjiri (Zimbabwe)..

THE HORSE IS BRAYING: NkosiyaziKanKanjiri (Zimbabwe)..

Spoken River: Nosakhare Collins (Nigeria)…

The World Was Silent When We Died: Nosakhare Collins (Nigeria)…

An Elegy to Kofi Annan: OdhiamboKaumah (Kenya)…

THE NEW SINGING SCHOOL BESIDE OUR HOUSE: OkwudiliNebeolisa (Nigeria)…...

SOUNDLESS CAVE: OkwudiliNebeolisa (Nigeria)…...

Chalice of Choice: OyooMboya Kenya)…..

BODIES AND SCARS: Paul Oluwafemi David(Nigeria)…...

AFRIKA MY AFRIKA: Prosper Kavunika(Zimbabwe)..

Rufu: Prosper Kavunika (Zimbabwe)..

Death: Prosper Kavunika (Zimbabwe)..

Prisoner: SiphohobaneNdlovu(Zimbabwe)..

Many of a Morning in Chinsapo: Yamikani Brighton Imbe (Malawi)…

Redemption for Azania and all the winter strangers: Abigail George(South Africa)…

The supernatural tricksters mutual admiration jazz club: Abigail George (South Africa)…

Albino: AdjeiAgyei-Baah(Ghana)…

Ofiri: AdjeiAgyei-Baah,Translated into Asante Twi by AdjeiAgyei-Baah(Ghana)…

In The Grey Hair of Soyinka: AdjeiAgyei-Baah (Ghana)…

Soyinka TirimDwene: AdjeiAgyei-Baah,Translated into Asante Twi by AdjeiAgyei-Baah (Ghana)…

Mother baptise me: SinasoMxakaza (South Africa)..

Find yourself: SinasoMxakaza(South Africa)..

Rainbowality: A call for Change: Antonio Garcia(South Africa)..

Ode to my mother’s friend: AwodiyaFunke (Nigeria)…

Coloured In By Society: CharissaCassels (South Africa)…

Exit the old rusted chain-saw: Christopher Kudyahakudadirwe (Zimbabwe)..

On being a refugee in South Africa: Christopher Kudyahakudadirwe (Zimbabwe)..

New Life - : Crystal Warren(South Africa)…

On the bus: Crystal Warren (South Africa)…

Grounded: Crystal Warren (South Africa)…

FREEDOM/ˈfriːdəm/: Benjamin Elemide(Nigeria)…

COLOURS OF WATER: Benjamin Elemide (Nigeria)…

The fingers of the night: FethiSassi (Tunisia)…

Take it from my hand: FethiSassi (Tunisia)…

Forgotten letters: FethiSassi (Tunisia)…

the guns fell silent: GoodenoughMashego (South Africa)…

my religion: GoodenoughMashego (South Africa)…

lying is an artform: GoodenoughMashego (South Africa)…

Blossom at Prospect Field: Harry Owen(South Africa)…

Canticle of an Electric Storm: Harry Owen (South Africa)…

Fruitsquirt: Harry Owen (South Africa)…

Both Together And Each Alone: Ismail Bala (Nigeria)…

The Tree: John Anusie(Nigeria)…

She: Kennedy Chege (Kenya)…..

Father, listen to the silence: LwandaSindaphi(South Africa)…

Grief: LwandaSindaphi (South Africa)…

Heaven is not Closed: LwandaSindaphi (South Africa)…

Pearls of Pain: Martin ChrispineJuwa (Malawi)…

Lightning Bolt: Martin ChrispineJuwa (Malawi)…

Ero Gospel: Michael Ace (Nigeria)……..

When we’re together: Modest Dhlakama (Zimbabwe)…

Touch of an angel: Modest Dhlakama (Zimbabwe)…

Sycophants!:NellahNonkondloMntanenhlabathi(Zimbabwe)…

Drowning: Nkwana Joshua Serutle(South Africa)…

our names: Nkwana Joshua Serutle(South Africa)…

that moment I left: Nkwana Joshua Serutle (South Africa)…

Lost: NtsekaMasoabi (Lesotho)….

Peas: NtsekaMasoabi (Lesotho)….

Change: OlakitanAladesuyi (Nigeria)….

AN ENCOUNTER WITH GRANDMA: ParadzaiGivemoreMacheka (Zimbabwe)…

Last time: PelonomiItumeleng (South Africa)…

River Rituals: SibuleloManamatela(South Africa)…

Blood: SibuleloManamatela (South Africa)…

MONUMENT: SiphoMthabisi Ndebele (South Africa)…

WANDERING HOMES: SiphoMthabisi Ndebele (South Africa)…

Asylum Song: Valentine Okolo (Nigeria)…

Night Bloom: Zahraa' Raadhiya Khaki (South Africa)…

Intersectional Superman: Zahraa' Raadhiya Khaki (South Africa)…

SabrunJameel: Zahraa' Raadhiya Khaki (South Africa)…

Mother's who are fire: XolaniNtuli(South Africa)…

Survivor or a warrior: XolaniNtuli (South Africa)…

Tree of life: XolaniNtuli (South Africa)…

THE YESTERDAY OF TODAY: AdatsiBrownson (Ghana)…

SEEN: AdatsiBrownson (Ghana)…

the poet’s shadowg: Adorn KeketsoMashigo (South Africa)…

tattoos are permanent: Adorn KeketsoMashigo (South Africa)…

displaced humans: Adorn KeketsoMashigo (South Africa)…

TO THINK THAT WOMEN ARE DEMISEXUALS: AmaniNsemwa (Tanzania)….

mother land: Archie Swanson (South Africa)…

Editor: AwuahMainoo Gabriel (Ghana)….

Accra and traffic: AwuahMainoo Gabriel (Ghana)….

In the Marrow of a Yellow Bone: Beaton Galafa (Malawi)…

How we betrayed our Brother: Beaton Galafa (Malawi)…

IN A GODLY WORLD: Blessing TurveyDamasikiChimunyapule (Zimbabwe)…

STREET NAMES: Blessing TurveyDamasikiChimunyapule (Zimbabwe)…

BIND ME NOT: Charles O. Okoth (Kenya)…

LISTEN!:Charles O. Okoth (Kenya)…

Burnt Bodies

ChukwudiNwokpoku (Nigeria)….

We Shall Rise at Dawn: ChukwudiNwokpoku (Nigeria)….

NIGHTSKIES: Dennis Omolo (Kenya)…

LOST PRIDE: Elijah UnimkeAniah (Nigeria)…

Candle Lights: Fikile C. Makhubo (South Africa)….

Hands: Fikile C. Makhubo (South Africa)….

A traveller’s note: Fikile C. Makhubo (South Africa)….

War: HlengiweBila(South Africa)….

Questioning the questioner: Joy Odifemenuwe (Nigeria)…

Nigeria! One week, one trouble: Joy Odifemenuwe (Nigeria)…

Regression / Recession: KgomotsoLedwaba(South Africa)….

Spacing: KgomotsoLedwaba (South Africa)….

Assembly: KgomotsoLedwaba (South Africa)….

Under My Sister’s Shadow: XolileMabuza (South Africa)…

My mother is a country: XolileMabuza(South Africa)…

Oblivion: Melissa Farquhar(South Africa)…

Sewing: TatendaMurigo (Zimbabwe)…



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