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AJPP 2018 SHORTLIST: WHO WILL WIN ALBERT JUNGERS POETRY PRIZE?

We are pleased to announce the 10-man shortlist of the 2018 edition of the Albert Jungers Poetry Prize (AJPP), awarded to the best poem from the combined top 10 entries of the monthly Brigitte Poirson Poetry Contest (BPPC), from February to  September 2018.

The shortlisted poets, in no particular order, are Kinsley Dominic,  Alexander A. Oduman,  Ezinne Onyekachi Oha,  Chinazom Otubelu, Soneye Anuoluwa,  Ololade Akinlabi,  Kolade Malik Ademola,  Aire Joshua Omotayo,  Oche Celestine Onjewu, and  Nyuwem Goodness Nyuwem.

  1. ‘ON A STORMY SHORE’ BY KINSLEY DOMINIC — AUGUST 2018 WINNER [READ POEM]

  2. ‘I AM POETRY’ BY ALEXANDER A ODUMAN — JULY 2018 FINALIST [READ POEM]

  3. ‘WHAT I SAW’’ BY EZINNE ONYEKACHI OHA JULY 2018 — JULY 2018 FINALIST [READ POEM]

  4. ‘THIS PLACE I CALL HOME’ BY CHINAZOM OTUBELU — JUNE 2018 FINALIST [READ POEM]

  5. ‘REWRITING THE STARS’ BY SONEYE ANUOLUWA OLUSEGUN — SEPTEMBER 2018 FINALIST [READ POEM]

  6. ‘JOURNEYING IN THIS JOURNEY’ BY OLOLADE AKINLABI — AUGUST 2018 FINALIST [READ POEM]

  7. ‘INTERRED SOLACE OF MY SOLITUDE’ BY KOLADE MALIK ADEMOLA — MARCH 2018 FINALIST [READ POEM]

  8. ‘HOW I BECAME A POET’ BY AIRE JOSHUA OMOTAYO — JULY 2018 FINALIST [READ POEM]

  9. ‘NIGERIA OF MY DREAMS’ BY OCHE CELESTINE ONJEWU  — MAY 2018 FINALIST [READ POEM]

  10. ‘WHEN?’ BY NYUWEM GOODNESS NYUWEM — MARCH 2018 FINALIST [READ POEM]

A winner will be announced at the 2018 edition of the Words Rhymes & Rhythm Publishers annual Literary Festival – FEAST OF WORDS, holding on Saturday, December 1st, 2018 at the The International School, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.

The winner will be awarded N20,000 cash prize, a one-year 20% discount on all WRR Publishers services and, alongside the AJPP  runner-ups, a Certificate of Award. All the monthly top 10 finalists will receive a copy of the BPPC 2018 anthology, which will also be unveiled at the Festival.

Benue-born poet Ogwiji Ehi- kowochio Blessing won the 2017 AJPP contest with her poem entitled ‘A Tune from My Flute of Freedom’, which came 2nd in the June 2017 edition while the 2016 edition of the AJPP was awarded to Kanyinsola Olorunnisola, for his poem ‘Tell Us Where They Touched You’.


The AJPP is an annual poetry award instituted in 2014 by Words Rhymes & Rhythm in honor of late Fr. Albert Jungers (1948 – 2013), a Priest, Poet, and Teacher. Fr. Al, as he was fondly called until his death, was an instructor and dear ‘father’ to young Nigerian poets. He brought different poetry forms to life with simple instructions.
The Brigitte Poirson Poetry Contest, a CSR project of Words Rhymes & Rhythm (WRR), is a monthly writing contest aimed at rewarding the under-appreciated talent of young Nigerian poets. It was instituted in 2015 in honor of Brigitte Poirson, a French poet and lecturer, editor, who has over the years worked assiduously to promote and support of African poetry. Regarded as one of the few credible contests for poets in Nigeria, the BPPC is popular among the younger generation of poets.

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