Poetry Africa is probably the best poetry festival on this continent (I’m pretty sure, this is my opinion). Alongside their great annual line-up of established and up&coming poets, Poetry Africa always gives space for budding poets by running the annual Schools Poetry Competition.
This year the winning budding poets were announced on the 18th of October and they also got the chance to perform their poetry.
In the English section:
- 1st place: Yuvti Rampersad (Westville Girls High) for ‘We Poets’
- 2nd place: Amanda Hadebe (Westville Girls High) for ‘The Silent Spectator’
- 3rd place: Laura Pirjol (Durban Girls College) for ‘Guilt’
In the Zulu section:
- 1st place: Sibongile Ngidi (Mzingezi Secondary School) for ‘Impela Uyimpicabadala’
- 2nd place: Latha Philani (Umbelebele Secondary) for ‘Olukamageba’
- 3rd place: Lee-Ann Jantjies (Umlazi Commercial High) for ‘Awami Amaphutha Ma, Wami!’
Small confession, I don’t think the judges got the Zulu section right. Lee-Ann Jantjies’ poem was a lot more nuanced, emotive and expressive than Sibongile Ngidi’s. Definitely would’ve given her the first prize.
Congratulations to all these budding poets, I hope they keep writing.
To read more about this competition visit the Poetry Africa website.