Celebrating East African Writing!
After many conversations, discussions, and votes to reach a consensus the judges to the Storymoja Festival / Hisia Zangu Page Poetry Contest Richie Maccs, Clifton Gachagua and Stephen Derwent Partington are finally ready to announce the contest longlist.
The Longlist is (in no particular order):
1. AN URGENT POEM – SANYA NOEL
2. BLACK THE COLOUR OF MY NATION – COLLETA KHAEMBA
3. CRYING FOR A DEATH BED -BANTU KIVAI
4. I AM NOT MY TRIBE – ERIC ONYANGO OTIENO
5. KENYA – EDDY ONGILI
6. KENYAN LOVE POEM – WUDZ
7. MY LAND – MARY WANJIRU NYOKABI
8. NAIROBI’S NIGHTLIFE – WANJALA NJALALE
9. PENDULUM, GO SLOW – ACHIENG EM
10. TO BE AFRICAN – ERASTUS MWONJORIA HINGA
11. WHERE I COME FROM – GALGALO ABDULLA GALGALO
Congratulations to all whose poems made the first cut!
As announced earlier:
Opportunity for Longlisted Poets: All longlisted poets get to participate in the Kenyan to the Kore! Workshop with the winners of the twitter, poetry and photography competition including screening of top entries followed by a discussion led by reps from Storymoja , I am Kenyan, Slam Africa, and Hisia Zangu. Special display of a selections of Body mapping and stories by Xavier Verhoest and Wambui Wamae-Kamiru.
Prize For Overall Winner: KES 2000/- and opportunity to showcase at Afreeka! A multimedia show with film, mchongoano, spoken word, storytelling, live art and music celebrating the energy and creativity of our youth as they mentally break free from shackles of the past. Featuring short performances from Slam Africa, Kenyan to the Kore, Hisia Zangu, Nyef Nyef Nightrunners, The Theatre Company and Mistik Natural, while artists from Kuona Trust create live art for display and sale. International performers include poets Dizreali (UK), Vulelwa Maluleke (SA), Rashida Namulondo (Uganda), Esther-Karin Mngodo (Tanzania), Ladanay Osman (Somalia/ USA), Neal Hall (USA), Berry Heart (Botswana) and Liyou Lebsekal (Ethiopia). Music by Start A Library’s Reading Ambassadors KIU and Ayrosh!