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4 Nigerians Make the 2017 Brunel International African Poetry Prize Shortlist

The Brunel International African Poetry Prize has announced the shortlisted poets for the 5th edition of the prize and four Nigerians, Saddiq Dzukogi, Kechi Nomu, Romeo Oriogun and Rasaq Malik made the shortlist.

The Prize, considered one of Africa’s major poetry prizes recently notified the literary community of its change of name from the Brunel University African Poetry Prize to the Brunel International African Poetry Prize.

The judges for this year’s prize are award-winning British-Nigerian writer Bernardine Evaristo as Chair of Judges, acclaimed novelist and poet Chris Abani, Ghanaian-Jamaican writer Dr Kwame Dawes, joint winner of the 2015 prize Safia Elhillo and poet Patricia Jabbeh Wesley.

The Chair of Judges Bernardine Evaristo has this to say about the shortlist:

“Out of a record-breaking 1200 entries, double the amount we received when the Prize began in 2012, the judges have come up with a shortlist of ten poets who reflect the increased quality and diversity of contemporary African poetry.”

Warsan Shire, whose poems where featured in Beyonce’s second visual album Lemonade, was the inaugural winner of the poem. Also, Nick Makoha who is featured on the shortlist this year was a joint winner of the prize in 2015.

See the shortlisted poets below:

Sahro Ali (Somalia); Leila Chatti (Tunisia); Kayo Chingonyi (Zambia); Saddiq Dzukogi (Nigeria); Yalie Kamara (Sierra Leone); Kechi Nomu (Nigeria); Richard Oduor Oduku (Kenya); Romeo Oriogun (Nigeria); Rasaq Malik (Nigeria); Nick Makoha (Uganda).

Read the poems of the shortlisted poets here.

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