Local poets invited to African contest
LOCAL poets have been invited to participate in the South African poetry contest where they stand a chance to win a five days all-expenses trip to the Netherlands.
In its eighth year, the competition is the brainchild of South African poet and renowned author, Bandile Magibili, implemented by his company Alphabetic Art.
Dubbed ‘Recite Your Own Poetry competition’, the contest is held in the neighbouring country’s Eastern Cape province and is open to participants between the ages of 15 and 40 from the rest of Africa.
Interested poets are expected to submit applications through either Facebook or his WhatsApp number +27781670719. Applicants will then receive a form via email which is supposed to be submitted by 5 September 2018. They will later be notified about the auditions date.
The grand finale is scheduled for Hotel Osner in East London on 21 March 2019.
Magibili told the Xpress People last week that the competition had been opened to all Africans to foster unity.
He said they hope to nurture and discover new poets across the continent while also creating an international poetry network which affords the grassroots exposure.
“We have included the rest of Africa to create a continental poetry network,” Magibili said.
“It is also meant break barriers imposed by politicians on Africa. Poets are the custodians of our heritage and the prophets of our time. With this initiative, Alphabetic Art is aggressively restoring their silenced voice and also planting a seed for future generations so they do not take any art-form for granted.”
He implored local poets to participate in the competition saying he was already acquainted with a number of local poets.
“I have been to Lesotho before although it was not for a performance and interacted with a few poets such as Sheila Khala and Sekete Lesaoana. Lesotho poets are on top of their game and we would appreciate having them as part of the competition,” Magibili said.
Magibili is also the author of 2 B Black – a book which creates debate on why black people are always regarded as backbenchers even though they may be responsible for several innovations across the world.
He also said he was also looking forward to hosting a lecturer in Lesotho about how the black community could liberate themselves.
“The creative sector gives me an ecstatic feeling and great hope to know that in the midst of all the hopelessness, there are still innovative minds such as organiser, Bandile Magibili from Alphabetic Art. Such people are not only resurrecting a neglected sphere of inspiration but are also shifting the national and international focus and have them look at arts with keen interest,” Magibili said.