Babishai in Partnership, with the Quasi-Yoga Writing Class


Submissions open April 17, 2021

Are you African? Are you a young vibrant and aspiring writer confident and hoping to learn how to write like a professional?  If yes, this is an opportunity you wouldn’t want to miss.

The 2021 QUASI-YOGA Writing Masterclass is offering you the chance to learn from a host of talented writers from U.S.A., India, Nigeria, Uganda and the UK. This masterclass is the initiative of the multi-talented and prize-winning writer Marvel Chukwudi Pephel. The masterclass has nothing to do with yoga even though yoga is in the name – it’s simply a way of recognising the fact that writing is a guided meditation that can offer eternal happiness.

Open to African writers defined as those born in Africa or whose parent or parents are Africans or those whose lineage can be traced to Africa.

Benefits of the masterclass are as follows:
– You will be taught how to hone your writing skills
– You will be taught how to overcome Writers’ block
– You will be introduced to international mentors
– You will be taught how to find your voice
– You will be helped in your quest to getting published
– You will be taught how to win cash prizes and awards.

P.S: There are limited slots. Only a certain number of participants will be selected. Three exceptional alumni will receive cash prize of £20 each under the following categories:
– The Quasi-yoga Prize for Excellence in Poetry
– The Quasi-yoga Prize for Excellence in Fiction
– The Quasi-yoga Prize for Excellence in Media Writing

Interested applicants should send a mail to The subject line of your email must contain ‘Submission – The 2021 Quasi-yoga Writing Masterclass’. The body of your email must contain your name, your country of residence, your phone number, your age and the title of your attached creative work. Please, the submission should be in word document file (doc. or docx.) – PDF documents will be discarded unread. Please do not mention your name in the attached file as submissions will be read blindly and participants selected solely on the literary merit of their submission.

Two genres will be accepted – Poetry and Fiction. Submit only in one genre. If you’re sending poetry, the limit is 40 lines. If your choice of genre is fiction, the maximum word count is 800 words. Please follow the guidelines to increase the chances of your work being read. Only works with promise will be selected. This is just to help the African literary community, and should be considered a labour of love.

The masterclass will run for four weeks (may be extended on demand) and will be taught in a private Facebook group. Applicants must be at least 16 years on or before the deadline – and we may demand for evidence if we are in doubt as regards a selected applicant’s age. The deadline is May 30, 2021. Successful applicants will be contacted towards the end of June. Good luck!

Powered by:

– The Good Writing Foundation (Nigeria)
– Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation (Uganda)
– Nottingham Writers’ Studio (UK)
Peeking Cat Literary (UK)

Congratulations, Andrew Herbert Omuna

What an event! What an incredibly poignant moment, revelling in the two hours of poetry performances, discussions on the haiku, transition of verse, and what it means for us, as Africans.

Performances by Rashida Namulondo, the BN Poetry Award 2013 winner, Kunta Moloise, an emcee, spoken word poet, and performer from Botswana.

Dr. Sara Kaweesa (PhD) with hard-hitting truths about our environment and how we as artists need to intentionally look after it.

Ann Waruguru Kiai, an activist, woman leader, shortlisted for the 2015 Babishai Poetry Award, and change maker from Nyeri, and Lekpele Nyamalon from Liberia, a Mandela Washington Fellow, poet, and writer. Listening to their own advocacy, hearing how they have paved ways for others through their writing and persistence.

Richard Ali, board member of Babishai, writer and lawyer, and Isaac Tibasiima, Doctoral Fellow, writer, poet and scholar, all in one room, speaking to the continent and interacting with the globe. It was all marvellous.

Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva, Founder and Director of Babishai Poetry Foundation, moderated the two-hour riveting session, and on inviting Chief Judge Kariuki wa Nyamu, a writer, poet and correspondent of the Daily Nation, the spell-binding two hours closed with readings and discussions from the shortlisted poets;-namely Praise Osawaru from Nigeria, Charlotte Akello from Uganda and Andrew Herbert Omuna from Uganda, the other two  were not able to attend.

And then, the winner…Andrew Herbert Omuna, from Uganda. Not only was it the first time for a Ugandan to win the Babishai Africa-wide award, but he had persisted about two to three times, previously. Finally, it paid off.

In second place was Adipo Sidang, from Kenya.

Congratulations to all on the shortlist, and to lots more glorious days in 2021.

Thanks to each of you for your contribution towards this space. Thank you.

On Saturday January 16, from 2pm, EAT, we shall host Waruguru wa Kiai, again on Women, Politics, and Poetry. The village girl has a lot more to say.