The African Writers (@africanwriters) in partnership with Tolu A. Akinyemi(@tolutoludo), a seasoned poet and writer, brought to The African Writers community a challenge called “The Ultimate April Challenge”. It is part of our numerous projects dedicated to helping writers grow while exploring unconventional and interactive means. Our partner, Tolu A Akinyemi, sponsored this project due to his desire to see young African authors grow and his support in this project is much appreciated.
The winner will get the sum of N25,000, the 1st runner-up will get N15,000 and 2nd runner-up N7,500. Due to the large number of entries, we decided to extend the reward to the remaining seven writers in the top ten shortlist with 5,000 Naira consolation prize.
This challenge was based on the widely acclaimed book “Dead Lions Don’t Roar” by Tolu A. Akinyemi. Writers were instructed to write a poem of not more than 15 lines on the book’s title. We stated clearly that the poems should be independent of the book’s content.
We received well over 350 entries and after a rigorous screening process, a top 50 long list emerged. We noticed that a lot of the poems focused on domestic violence, rape and life in the animal kingdom. This isn’t surprising as some of these are issues that currently affect society.
The entries were judged based on creativity, originality, uniqueness, use of words, word flow, clarity of message, communication of idea and ability to evoke emotion. All entries were great and coming up with this list involved a lot of shortlisting and debate.
Here are the writers whose entries made the top 50 List:
Congratulations to everyone who took a step to participate and congratulations to the writers that made it to the Top 50. The competition only gets tighter from here. The top ten is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 by 12 pm.