CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BRIGITTE POIRSON POETRY CONTEST 2018 [SEPTEMBER] ‘NIGERIA 2019: OF THUMBS & PVCs’

Words Rhymes & Rhythm Publishers invites poets from Nigeria to enter their poems for the September 2018 edition of the BRIGITTE POIRSON POETRY CONTEST (BPPC). This month’s theme is: ‘NIGERIA 2019: OF THUMBS & PVCs’ and it will be the last for the 2018 Season of the BPPC. For the better part of 2018, the most recurrent… Continue reading CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BRIGITTE POIRSON POETRY CONTEST 2018 [SEPTEMBER] ‘NIGERIA 2019: OF THUMBS & PVCs’

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BRIGITTE POIRSON POETRY CONTEST 2015 [March]

Words Rhymes & Rhythm is calling for entries for the March edition of the Brigitte Poirson Poetry Contest (BPPC) on the theme: ‘MAN AND RELIGION’. Organized in honor of Brigitte Poirson, French poet and lecturer, editor and promoter of African poetry, the BPPC is a monthly contest designed to identify and reward the under-appreciated poetic talents of Nigerian… Continue reading CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BRIGITTE POIRSON POETRY CONTEST 2015 [March]

OVERTAKEN (by Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2013 Judge Estrella Gada)

You creep up on me like a shadow Slouching sideways, color as dark as a starless night; You are my worst nightmare come to life A creature in thought Fleshed out with every choice I made, My own Frankenstein drooling Maliciously over my drawn out dreams; I made you and yet you disobey me I… Continue reading OVERTAKEN (by Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2013 Judge Estrella Gada)

THE ANXIETIES OF A WIDOW (by Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2013 Sponsor’s prize winner

May stretched its legs into grave. The thunder heralds the rains. A hut on the bank of Kanoli canal Is not re-thatched this year. Her infant’s illness made the doctor gay With all the wages she had kept. Summer takes the last breath, But the coconut leaf thatched roof Is not re-thatched this year. As… Continue reading THE ANXIETIES OF A WIDOW (by Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2013 Sponsor’s prize winner

LETTER TO MY UNBORN (by Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2013 2nd runner up Julius Bokoru

dear daughter/son, thank your stars my father’s soles weared like a locus’d yam swimming through the choking dust while he trekked from ikibiri to yenagoa the prodigal sun lashed at him more than the state grammar school teachers did him for arriving late man and slate appearing like mud moldings today. i walk on tar… Continue reading LETTER TO MY UNBORN (by Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2013 2nd runner up Julius Bokoru

MY VOICE (by Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2013 winner Madu Chisom Kingdavid)

My voice is the libations Of our penury‘s liberation Poured in the heart of Aso Rock Which do not appease the Tenanted gods of the house. My voice is the peeling souls Of pregnant babies sucking Their skeletal fingers instead Of their mothers’ withered breasts. My voice is the muffled moan Of the dying bones… Continue reading MY VOICE (by Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2013 winner Madu Chisom Kingdavid)

THE SHORTLIST: Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2013

After the first round of judging, the following poems made the shortlist for the second and final round. THE SHORTLIST 1. MY VOICE (by Madu Chisom Kingdavid) 2. MAKE OUR MOTHER KING (by Davids Ezimako) 3. OUR NATAL RUBBLES (by Ayiba Tare Ojukonsin) 4. LETTER TO MY UNBORN (by Julius Bokoru) 5. WE TOO SHALL… Continue reading THE SHORTLIST: Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2013

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2013

World over, the effectiveness of literature, and indeed poetry, as an agent of change is well recognized. It is in recognition of this that the ‘Eriata Oribabhor Poetry Prize’ initiative came to be in 2012 with Mr. Nwakanma Chika emerging the first prize winner of the 1st edition. The 2nd edition is here and WRRPoetry… Continue reading CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize 2013

ERIATA ORIBHABOR @ 50

We are pleased to announce that our patron, Eriata Oribhabor turns 50 on 19th April, 2013. As part of activities to mark his 50th birthday, WRRPoetry will gladly receive well-worded poems not more than 25 lines that speak about positive change in all spheres of human endeavor. *All entries MUST be themed around ‘SOCIAL ISSUES/CHANGE’.… Continue reading ERIATA ORIBHABOR @ 50