This year, we received 1223 submissions for the poetry contest. There were several competitive pieces in the pool for the prize.
We appreciate our judges: Ugochukwu Damian, Roseline Mgbochimma, Ayomide Wes Oriolowo, and Gimbiya Galadima for taking the time to select the worthy finalists.
We congratulate the winner, Damilola Omotoyinbo and the runner-ups: U.A Edwardson (first runner-up) and Bryan Joe Okwesili (second runner-up).
tHE winning poem
Damilola Omotoyinbo believes in the power of the pen and the positive difference it can make in our world. She has writings and interviews published at Afritondo, Kalahari Review, Konya Shamsrumi, Praxis, Hack
writers, The Nigerian Tribune Newspaper, nantygreens, and elsewhere.
Damilola is a fellow of the Ebedi international Writers’ Residency and an alumnus of the SprinNG Writing Fellowship. Follow her on social media.
The Shortlisted poems
The Second Runner-Up