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:
In the Zulu section:
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.