It was a pleasure for the Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation to be asked to train students from Kampala International School Uganda for their poetry slam. What a high energy, creativity packed, mind-blowing poetry filled day.

Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva Photo by KISU

From learning about passion, theme, audience connection, stage presence, body language, tonal variety and enunciation, it was a day worth every second.

KISU will hold its poetry slam on Friday 8 December 2023 and there will be an entire universe of extraordinary talent.

Students exchanging their poems with peers. Photo by KISU

What is important is to always receive feedback and peer review is one of the most crucial ways to know how well you are communicating, how effective your body language is and also to gauge your pace.

Zoey the Storyteller-co-facilitator

Important topics were understanding the theme , connecting with audiences, body language, tonal variety, effective use of silence amongst others. All of these are vital in appreciating the power of poetry and the spoken word. From the page to the stage, the differences, similarities and how to interweave them.

Marial Strikes Gold, Again

Marial Awendit Strikes Gold, Again

¬†Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, stretching its poetic arm across Africa, in 2018, celebrated their fourth poetry festival in Mbale and Sipi Falls, Eastern Uganda. It was there that the highly gifted South Sudanese poet, Marial Awendit, was awarded the $700 prize. His poetry, a gift of the ages, has since been published by Babishai, in a poetry collection, titled, ‘The Night Does Not Drown, Us.’

Again, the unstoppable Marial strikes gold. In November 20203 at the African Writers Conference in Ghana, Marial was awarded first prize in the poetry category for his poem, The Nilotic Coddiwomple.

At The African Writers Conference, discussions around Artificial Intelligence and their interaction with creative writing came up. Marial strongly feels that,


“How will A.I be of practical help for the cattle rustlers in South Sudan? The reality is far removed.”

Marial further went on to praise Babishai for the elevation that the prize gave him.


“Babishai helped to elevate me into the limelight. My poetry is being taught at The University of Venda and many South Sudanese writers have been in touch with me.”

The Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation continues to support the work of African poets through publishing, training and poetry events.