There are few pleasures like training children in poetry. The Babishai Kidz and Kreativity Program for 2018 has transformed, re-invested and reshaped the learning platform for children.


By using creative tools like Shindles, which is a tool that enables children to learn a new word every lesson and use it creatively and appropriately, the Babishai program has proven to work.

During the second term holiday for majority of Ugandan children, the training covered three weeks; six lessons in total.  divided into poemolecules; or what Babishai categorizes into expectations, challenges, life stories, poetry, rhyme and evolution, the children followed a step-by-step guide, building their potential as poets, creators and story-tellers.


The Babishai Kidz and Kreativity program occurs all year round, targeting children in both the local and international schools. The holiday seasons are a delight because often parents are exasperated by the amount of time that their children spend on gadgets like i-phones and i-pads. Babishai is the creative alternative to this pandemic. There are several partners whom Babishai has worked closely with, who share similar values of promoting and creating  a massive writing and reading culture amongst children. Sooo Many Stories, managed by Nyana Kakoma , is a good example of that. Storymoja in Kenya are other partners, with a knack for raising the reading standards unapologetically and we have delighted in partnering with them on many occasions.

With a population of about 40 million in Uganda, 70% of whom are youth, the need for creative arts training in children, cannot be overstated. Reading and writing is an assurance to steady leadership. Uganda requires intentional and consistent practise of reading and writing amongst her children. Babishai’s emphasis is on poetry because poets, with immersing themselves deeper into the act of reading and writing poetry, are able to revel in mystery, unravel tangled complexities of the human mind, politics and socio-economics and then detoxify it all into the marvellous assortment of poetry.

The #Babishai2018 Poetry Festival is scheduled for 3-6 August in Kapchorwa and Mbale, with an excursion entitled, PoetryAtSipi, where poets from all over Africa will be surrounded by the spectacular crystal waterfalls of Sipi. This will be combined with a visit to Mbale, hosted at Starlight by renowned Professor and poet, Timothy Wangusa.

Don’t miss out on the festival. Follow this link for details.



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
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 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
Participants will be certified.

Sunday 6 August 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Babishai 2017 poetry festival sumptuous meal with sumptuous poetry

Dinner cards at 40,000/-
Call George Kiwanuka on +256 703147862 for your card.