[APP]–A graduate of the University of Ibadan, Mr. Rasaq Malik has been shortlisted for the 2017 edition of The Brunel International African Poetry Prize.
This is contained in a press release published on the organiser’s website today, March 16, 2017.
“We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 5th Brunel International African Poetry Prize, a major poetry prize of £3000 aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa.
“The prize is sponsored by Brunel University London and Commonwealth Writers. It is open to African poets worldwide who have not yet published a full poetry collection. Each poet has to submit 10 poems to be eligible.” The release read.
Malik, who graduated from the English Department in 2014 is among the four Nigerians shortlisted for the prestigious prize out of 1,200 submissions from poets all over African countries.
Just recently, Rattle Magazine and Poet Lore also nominated his poems for the 2017 Pushcart Prize.
His work has appeared or is forthcoming in various journals, including Michigan Quaterly Review, Poet Lore, Spillway, Rattle, Juked, Connotation Press, Heart Online Journal, Grey sparrow, Jalada, and elsewhere.
It should be noted that Malik is part of the UITES CREATE GROUP, a group devoted to creating platforms that promote creativity and innovation in Nigeria.
The group recently published two anthologies of poetry and short stories which has featured literary icons like Dr. Yinka Egbokhare, Kola Tubosun and Abubakar Ibrahim among others.
Other shortlisted poets include Sahro Ali (Somalia); Leila Chatti (Tunisia); Kayo Chingonyi (Zambia); Saddiq Dzukogi (Nigeria); Yalie Kamara (Sierra Leone); Kechi Nomu (Nigeria); Richard Oduor Oduku (Kenya); Romeo Oriogun (Nigeria); and Nick Makoha (Uganda).
In 2016, two poets, Gbenga Adesina and Chekwube O. Danladi, who were joint winners of the prize became the first Nigerians to win the African award.