“We are looking forward to Africa themed haiku i.e. haiku about African sights and sounds. Haiku must contain clear images, settings and juxtaposition. Haiku must be concise; three lines each.
· It is open to ALL African poets (LIVING IN AFRICA), who will not have published a full-length collection of poetry by July 2017
· Submissions should be original, in English. Submit using Times New Roman, single-spaced and size 12.
· Send three Haikus 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
· Include your name, email address, country or birth and country of permanent residence, telephone number and the titles of your haikus in the body of the email
· The submissions will be accepted from April 13th 2017 to July 4th 2017
· The 2016 winners are not eligible to apply
· The short-list will be announced in mid-July 2017
· More details on the face book page, Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, on Twitter @BNPoetryAward and the website,
· The top three winners will receive 200 USD each and receive publication in the Mamba Haiku journal;
The chief judge of the #Babishaiku 2017 Competition is:-

Adjei Agyei-Baah
Adjei Agyei-Baah is 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.

This Babishai Haiku 2017 award is proudly sponsored by:-



Babishai is pleased to announce the top Haikus of its first ever 2016 award


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It was an extremely tight race with submissions from every region of the continent. There is definitely massive talent in Haikus across Africa. We’ll be hearing from the shortlistees about their writing processes and the judges too about seeking quality in a Haiku.


fogbound day…
everyone suffers

Blessmond Alebna Ayinbire (Ghana)




weaver birds…
the bombed market
echoes back to life

Chibuihe-Light Obi from Nigeria




blackout evening
the moon lights up
outdoor conversation

Kwaku Feni Adow (Ghana)




when the rain-drones drop
kaleidoscopes explode from
Namaqualand’s soul

Ayesha Kajee (South Africa)




new buds
the farmland throws off
a past of harmattan fire

Kwaku Feni Adow (Ghana)





orange sunset –
fisherman’s shadow
afloat on the waves

Chibuihe-Light Obi ( Nigeria)