The third edition of the Beverley Nambozo Poetry Award was held on Friday 1st July 2011 and naturally poetry was on show and the event’s activities did not disappoint.
This years’ winner was Sanyu Kisaka, a student who has recently completed her secondary school education. Second place was taken by Rachel Kunihira and the third winner was Flavia Kabuye who is also a member of FEMRITE and recently had her first maiden story published in an anthology; Never too Late. The theme this time round was hope and according to the judges each of the three winning poems had spunk, style and a fresh version of the theme.
|Beverley Nambozo (R) with the guest of honour Hon. Joyce Mpanga (L)|
The guest of honour Hon. Joyce Mpanga was thoroughly impressed by the award’s founder; Beverley Nambozo and how much energy she had put into making the event successful.
This year also saw the number of submissions double and included entrants from outside Uganda.
|some of the attendees enjoy a poetry perfomance|
The ceremony also included performances from last year’s winner, Sophie Alal and the 2011 Caine Prize Nominee, Beatrice Lamwaka who read an excerpt from her short listed story ‘Butterfly Dreams’. Also performing was Susan Kerunen, doing Okot p’Bitek’s ‘song of lawino’.
|Beverly Nambozo (L) with the winner Sanyu Kisaka (R)|