All Nigerian poets are invited to enter their poems for the April 2019 edition of the monthly BRIGITTE POIRSON POETRY CONTEST (BPPC). This month’s theme is: ‘HUMAN HERITAGE – THE COMMONWEALTH OF HUMANITY’.

The April theme is hinged on the 2019 World Heritage Day, April 18 – one day set aside to celebrate the joint history and heritage of the human race.

In this month’s edition, we are looking for poems dedicated to the COMMONWEALTH OF HUMANITY, be it the material or the intangible cultural heritage: knowledge, skills, (oral) traditions, social practices, arts….

Entries should honour and raise awareness about (unknown) cultural treasures in our communities.

Let us have your thoughts in original poetic lines.

Remember that poetry is about inspiration. It is also an art. Use carefully edited lines and nicely original stylistic devices to express the best of your poetic heart for the sake of sharing great poetry. Be inspired!

Participants should note that Judges will consider ORIGINALITY, WORD ECONOMY, adherence to THEME, CREATIVITY in LANGUAGE and STYLE as well as the use of LITERARY DEVICES in the poems.

Prize to be won:

  1. The winning poem will be awarded a cash prize of N8000, a certificate of award and a copy of the BPPC 2019 anthology
  2. All top 10 poems will be automatically entered for the Albert Jungers Poetry Prize (AJPP) 2019
  3. All top 30 poems will be published in the monthly April BPPC chapbook
  4. All top 10 poems will be published in the annual BPPC 2019 anthology
  5. All top 10 poets will receive a free copy of the BPPC 2019 anthology


  1. Contestants are invited to submit one poem on the theme
  2. Submissions should be sent to SUBMISSIONS@WRR.NG
  3. All entries must be the original work of the poet submitting it
  4. No ATTACHMENTS. Please submit the poem and other details as the body of the mail
  5. The CONTESTANT NAME, CONTEST MONTH, & POEM TITLE must be mentioned clearly, as the subject of the e-mail. For example: ‘Abubakar Nnamdi Adekunle, BPPC April 2019, ‘MY VISION
  6. The maximum length of the poem should be 28 lines (plus the title). Poems exceeding this length, or having excessively long lines, will be disqualified.
  7. Authors must provide their full names and Facebook ID [for identification]and a 50-100 word biography in the body of the e-mail
  8. Submission deadline is 11:59 PM Friday, April 26, 2019.

Note that:

  1. No entry fee required
  2. Poems containing profanity, racism or vulgarity will be automatically disqualified
  3. The poems will be judged based on their artistic quality and creativity
  4. The judges’ decision is final and under no circumstances will they enter into any correspondence with entrants regarding their decisions
  5. The copyright of each submission remains with its owner but we retain the right to publish ALL and ANY entry in the annual BPPC anthology
  6. Poets resident in any part of the world are eligible
  7. Past winners may enter for the competition, but a poet can only one once in a calendar year (Season). If a past winner makes the TOP 10, the poems will ONLY be awarded a certificate and be featured in the anthology
  8. Entrants are not allowed to submit poems by proxy as it would lead to disqualification

The last edition of the BPPC (March 2018) was won by Otubelu Chinazom Chukwudi.

The overall winner of the BPPC 2019 (February to September 2019) will be awarded the Albert Jungers Poetry Prize (AJPP) 2019. Kanyinsola Olorunnisola won the prize in 2016 while Ogwiji Blessing emerged the winner in 2017 and Aire Joshua Omotayo won the 2018 edition.

The BRIGITTE POIRSON POETRY CONTEST, a brainchild 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 February 2015 in honor of Brigitte Poirson, a French poet and lecturer, editor, who has over the years worked assiduously to promote and support African poetry. Now in its 5th season as one of the few credible contests in Nigeria, the BPPC has become one of country’s most popular, especially among the younger poets.

For inquiries, send an email to info@wrr.ng

Author: admin

I am a member of the WRR editorial team.


  1. Reply
    Oladimeji Adam Adedayo says

    I’d be glad if this can be broken down more expletively. Thanks

  2. Reply
    Kolofo Adejo,BBPC April,2019,Heritage says

    “Miss Amina’s Questionnaire”

    What’s the Cock’s business in a nest?
    Are unripe mangoes now the sweetest?
    How ready for work is a baby donkey?
    How saucy is a two weeks old Turkey?

    Daddy, are these naira notes worth my innocence?
    Is this the only ladder to scale poverty’s fence?
    Mom, would you be gagged by the fierceness of this culture?
    Would a hen fearfully offer her chicks to the hawk’s puncture?

    Why gleefully patent this naive waist to a groin older than grandpa?
    Why heartlessly give my poor child “a fellow child” to call mother?
    At thirteen what does a play-programmed girl like me know?
    Am I not still being schooled on how to manage my maiden flow?

    Did I hear that short clergy say, “It’s the will of Allah”?
    What’s “Holy” in grandpa dancing behind my scanty bra?
    Isn’t the government suppose to proof my rights?
    Shouldn’t morality and sanity champion this fight?

    What happens to my choices, my dreams, my glee?
    From this hell headquarters will I ever be free?
    When I age and cupid’s arrow drags me to my age mate’s bed;
    won’t this blind judgemental world see an adulteress to stone dead?

    What’s the Cock’s business in a nest?
    Are unripe mangoes now the sweetest?
    How ready for work is a baby donkey?
    How saucy is a two weeks old Turkey?

    Urgently I seek rational answers to these and more;
    as I howl with my triplets on the floor.
    At thirteen what does a play-programmed girl like me know?
    Am I not still being schooled on how to manage my maiden flow?

    © Kolofo Adejo.

    Dedicated to that “girl” turned “bride” in Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Niger, Chad, Nigeria, etc., to the women community, to the #NotoChildMarriage struggle, to sanity and morality and of course to those heartless old cocks that derive pleasure from baby nests.

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