THE BABISHAI HAIKU 2017 SHORTLIST IS HERE

Congratulations to all those on the Babishai 2017 haiku shortlist.

 

drone season

from the harmattan mango

a fly calls flies

 

Justice Joseph Prah

Ghana

 

 

at dawn

the sky denies a lonely moon

a place to plant a foot

 

Osemwengie Zion

Nigeria

 

 

moon circle

palms into palms

an armless child breaks the ring

 

Kuadegbeku Pamela

Ghana

 

 

market square–

the town crier’s voice

summons a crowd

 

Akor  Emmanuel Oche

Nigeria

 

 

A slice of the moon

swimming in the calm night pond–

another festival

 

Charlotte Akello

Uganda

 

 

 

harmattan

unseen broom sweeping

everywhere

 

Anthony Itopa Obaro

 Nigeria

 

 

Ugandan road…

a shrivelled leaf flies in

a cloud of dust

 

Abubasam Fahad Mutumba

Uganda

 

 

downpour

waterfalls from rooftops

pouring into buckets

 

ANTHONY ITOPA OBARO

Nigeria

 

 

abandoned mirror-

the crow finds company

with its own image

 

Fred Kweku Forson

Ghana

 

 

migratory birds

black news fly

out of Zululand

 

Ahmad Holderness

Nigeria

 

 

the drunken cockroach

reels around the verandah-

rooster chuckles

 

Acen Miriam Carolyne

Uganda

 

 

under the bright moon,

fairy tales bring chill bumps

around log-fires

 

Kwao Jonathan Tetteh

Ghana

 

 

crickets’ chirps

break the quiet of night:

an old man deserts his armchair

 

Nnedi Ezenwa Ohaeto

Nigeria

 

 

harmattan mango

the first ripening

in the midday sun

 

Justice Joseph Prah

Ghana

 

 

roadside

gaunt vultures nipped

a zonked drunkard

 

Obaji Nwali Shegun

Nigeria

 

 

savannah hunt…

vultures rush to the kill

before me

 

Alawonde Theophilus Femi

Nigeria

 

 

in different fonts

an old school wall exhibits

aliases of past students.

 

Dan’bala Umar

Ghana

 

 

nightfall

the modulated chirping

of hidden crickets

 

Akor Emmanuel  Oche

Nigeria

 

 

July rain. . .

my child traces her name

on the car’s windscreen

 

Usman Karofi

Nigeria

 

 

last night’s rain

in the morning mud

fresh toad prints

 

Kariuki wa Nyamu

Kenya

 

 

an owl hoots

we rush to papa’s bed

too late

 

Alawonde Theophilus Femi

Nigeria

 

 

The award-giving ceremony will be held in Kampala on Sunday 6 August at Humura Resort. Cards are on sale at 40,000/-.

Contact George Kiwanuka on +256 703 147862

 

13 thoughts on “THE BABISHAI HAIKU 2017 SHORTLIST IS HERE

  1. Lule Raymond says:

    What a shortlist! Beautiful poems. Feels good that the Ugandans on the list are all people I’ve met before. May the best win.

  2. Lule Raymond says:

    What a shortlist! Beautiful poems. It feels good seeing fellow Ugandan poets on the list. May the best win.

  3. Ubong David says:

    I’m from Nigeria, a friend introduced me to this site and I would love to take part in the competition.
    I would also love to know more about this.

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