Country: Uganda

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Why We Love Her: Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva is a Ugandan writer, poet, actress and literary activist.

She is incredibly community minded and founded the Babishai Niwe (BN) Poetry Foundation in 2008. It was originally only for women poets but has expanded eligibility to all African poets over the years. The 2016 festival linked to the prize takes places from the 24th – 26th of August and features leading African and international poets. The foundation runs annual poetry competitions, nurtures young talent by promoting creative literacy and publishes poetry as well.

Beverley’s own poetry is celebrated; “Lake Nalubaale. Lake she Uganda” was selected as the Ugandan poem for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In 2010, she was first runner-up in the International Erbacce Press Poetry competition and her chapbook collection, Unjumping, was published in the same year and noted for its innovative, fresh pieces and perspectives.

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Beverley was long-listed for The Short Story Day Africa prize and shortlisted for the Poetry Foundation Ghana prize, in 2013. Her work has been widely published in places like Wasafiri, Drumvoices Revue, Kwani? Postcolonial Journal and Lawino Magazine.