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January 2019


January 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
4Reign Office, Hotel Equatoria Lower Parking, Kampala, Hotel Equatoria Parking
Kampala, Uganda
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  Babishai is holding its first Luganda poetry workshop on Saturday 26 January 2019. From 10:00am to 1:00pm, you will be spellbound by some of the most passionate Luganda poets in our country. Facilitators: Nakisanze Segawa is an award-winning poet with Babishai, and an astounding performer of Luganda poetry. She has translated some of the most celebrated works of poetry, into Luganda. Lule Ssebo Lule is from Kitara Nation and has a large following from his Luganda performances, which are…

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March 2019


March 21, 2019 - March 25, 2019
Bunyonyi Safaris Resort, Kabale and Kampala City Kabale, Uganda + Google Map

The Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, based in Kampala, has been promoting African poetry since 2009, through annual poetry competitions, poetry publications and annual poetry festivals.  From 2009 when we began, as the Beverley Nambozo Poetry Award, holding poetry awards for Ugandan women, we have since extended the award to include all Africans, we have published three anthologies and held four highly successful annual poetry festivals. Our most recent festival was held in Kapchorwa and Mbale, Eastern Uganda. Our tenth year…

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October 2019


October 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - November 23, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Najeera Kampala, Uganda + Google Map

Your child is creative. Your child is gifted with musicality, words and knowledge. Even with different abilities, your child can still create verse. Through creative reading, writing and speaking, the Babishai Poetry Children's Program is a bi-monthly session, where we train  children from 8 to 12 years of age, on Saturdays, from 10:00am to midday. Bring yours along!

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December 2019


December 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Najeera Kampala, Uganda + Google Map

Babishai Children's Creativity sessions, this holiday, from the old decade into the new. Join us on Saturdays from 10:00am to midday. Babishai: A new decade, 2020-2030 We're launching into our new decade with verve, verse and unapologetic creativity. Let the children create. Call +256 751 703226 for more details.

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April 2020


April 11, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Poetry shall continue. Join us in Bengal India, as we hear from Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva, a Ugandan poet, author and public speaker, as she performs poetry. This 650th session of the TCS MAITREE KOLKATA TOASTMASTERS Club, shall be like no other. From 4:30pm, Kampala time, hundreds of people shall be on Zoom, delivering articulate speeches, and sharing word excellence. Follow the link below. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2370828753?pwd=T0YzMFQ1cTROc2paOWx2N213YWZpUT09 Beverley in Blantyre Malawi, 2018, celebrating David Rubadiri's poetry.

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June 2020

#BABISHAI2020 POETRY FESTIVAL: (Postponed until futher notice)

June 25, 2020 - June 28, 2020
Bunyoro Uganda + Google Map

Aren't you ready for Poetry by the crater lake? Gear yourself! We're going to Bunyoro. Our sixth poetry festival, a magnificent manifestation of creative verses across Uganda and Africa; a commemoration of poetry across the most hair-raising poetry; right in Kibale, at the crater lake.     Nambozo Daniella at the #Babishai2017 Poetry Festival, ~Mabira Forest, Jinja.   DAY ONE Thursday 25 June, 2020 Departure from Kampala at 8:00am, for Kibale in Bunyoro (About 6 hours west of Kampala.) Bunyoro…

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September 2020

The #Babishai2020 Haiku Shortlist Unveiling

September 25, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We're here at last! Ready to unveil the top 5 of our #Babishai2020 Haiku. It was a WOW,experience!

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December 2020

Award-Giving Ceremony-Babishai 2020, Facebook Live

December 29, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us on Tuesday 29 December, 6:00pm EAT for the Babishai 2020 Haiku Award-Giving ceremony. Facebook Live, on Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation. Programme: 6:00-6:10pm: Introduction, Thanksgiving Tributes, and Welcome 6:10pm-6:30pm: Panel Discussion: Politics, Poetry and Persuasion, with Lekpele Nyamalon (Liberia) and Waruguru wa Kiai (Kenya) 6:30pm-6:35pm-Q and A 6:35pm-6:50pm: Poetry, Nature, The Future -Discussion by Dr. Sara Kaweesa (PhD) 6:50pm-7:00pm: Poetry Performances: Rashida Namulondo (Uganda), Kunta Moloise (Botswana) 7:00pm-7:30pm: Panel discussion and readings with shortlisted poets (Akello Charlotte-Uganda, Adipo Sidang-Kenya,…

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January 2022


January 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

What a way to start the new year! Babishai will launch Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva’s second poetry collection titled, ‘Dress me in Disobedience,’ on 2 January 2022. This poetry speaks volumes about the need for us to redefine our spaces, challenge stereotypes, and create wealth and win. Prof. Kwame Dawes of African Poetry Book Fund, Award-winning playwright Bode Asiyanbi, Auhor of A Nation in Labour, Ber Anena, and Prof. Graham Mort, each had raving reviews to make. There are years when…

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March 2022

Launch of ‘The Night Does Not Drown Us.’

March 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Facebook live: Babishai Uganda + Google Map

Marial Awendit is a formidable poet. His words carry the weight of the world's mysteries,  the intricate details of a personal journey and the wit of one who sees  possibilities in the future. 'The Night Does Not Drown Us,' is a collection of poetry that readers have  termed as mesmerising and haunting, a masterpiece and delicate. It is a pleasure to launch the collection of our #Babishai2018 poetry award winner, from South Sudan.  

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