Monday 31 July 2017  

5:30pm to 7:30pm
Femrite offices, Kamwokya
Discussion of the Babishai 2017 shortlisted haikus, led by Isaac Tibasiima, literary critic and scholar from Makerere University.
Free entry


Wednesday 2 August 2017

8:00pm – 8:45pm Uganda Time
Facebook live chat with Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa
From her face book page.



Friday 4 August 2017
[email protected]
Departure from 7:30am in Kampala for Najjembe Eastern Uganda
Trek across Mabira, lunch, poetry performances.
Fee: Two Hundred Thousand Shillings (200,000/-)
Payabale by Monday 31 July to George Kiwanuka on +256 703147862


Saturday 5 August 2017
10:00am to 11:00am
Re-Launch of the African Poetry Library
32 Degrees East/Ugandan Art Trust in Kansanga, opposite Bank of Baroda

Saturday 5 August 11:30am to 1:30pm
Poetry seminar for youth from 19-29 years,  by Mbizo Chirasha of Zimbabwe
Free entry
Register for workshops by sending 100 word bio and photo to [email protected]
Participants will be certified.

Saturday 5 August 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Poetry performance by leading Ghanaian poet from Ghana, Oswald Okaitei.

Performances by Tontoma Poetry Jazz, Kitaka Alex, Rashida Namulondo, Wake the Poet, Agaba Ivan and Caesar Obong.
Maisha Garden in Buziga
Entry fee: 20,000/-


Sunday 6 August 2017  11:00am to 3:00pm
Launch of ‘When Children Dare to Dream,’ children’s poetry and story anthology, compiled and edited by Kariuki wa Nyamu and Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva. Illustrations by John Gibu.

Co-mcing by Rashida Namulondo, BN Poetry 2013 winner and Director of Sophia Muwanika Institute and Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva, Director Babishai Poetry.

Children’s performances
Babishai championettes
Uganda Museum Main Hall
Free entry


Sunday 6 August 11:30am to 1:30pm The Uganda Museum Exhibition Hall
Poetry workshop on the craft of the spoken word, led by Oswald Okaitei, the 2016 Ghanaian spoken word artiste of the year. It’s free entry and participants will be certified.


Sunday 6 August 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Workshop by Kagayi Peter, leading poet, performer and trainer from Uganda
Uganda Museum
Register for workshops by sending 100 word bio and photo to [email protected]
Participants will be certified.

Sunday 6 August 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Babishai 2017 poetry festival sumptuous meal with sumptuous poetry
Humura Resort Kitante Close
Dinner cards at 40,000/-
Call George Kiwanuka on +256 703147862 for your card.

Namagunga Primary wins The #Babishai2016 Schools’ Competition

“We see it but we don’t understand it. We understand it but we don’t own it.”

“Poetry is a teacher,  an emotional healer,  an activist, an intelligent mirror,  an appraiser,  a pleasure and a treasure in times of joy.”


St. Thereza Namagunga Primary School presented these unforgettable quotes during the #Babishai2016 Poetry Festival in August. The young brilliant minds redefined African poetry,  set the stage for a tremendous performance.

Competing against Hope Senior School Watoto,  the two schools put their best feet forward with incredible talent. Hope Senior School Watoto amused the audience when they began with a play where when a teacher asked them about a folk song,  the best they could do was a song from the 90s.


Hope Senior School Watoto students

The younger girls of Namagunga stole the day when they performed Okot p Bitek’s poetry,  significant for the 50th anniversary of the first publication of Song of Lawino.

Towards the close,  there was a panel discussion led by the children. Acaye Pamela reminded us how words evoke emotion and truth and when it came to award-giving,  Mama Tendo,  proprietor of the Mama Tendo Foundation,  gave out the prizes and cerificates,  appreciating Babishai for the excellent work in promoting creative literature amongst children.


Mama Tendo reading a poem