Dear Friends,


We are relishing thoughts of 2016 as we thank you for being great partners and friends this year. The Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation team is indebted to you for your unyielding support, humour and leadership.


Our Babishai Poetry Festival takes place next year from 24 to 26 August 2016 in Kampala at The Uganda Museum. The theme is Abundance: Poetry from Contemporary Africa.  -themes include, but are not limited to:-


  1. Does poetry from Africa need a definition and how does that impact its production?
  2. The extension of poetry and the sustainability of relationships with artists and the corporate world

iii.            If poetry exists everywhere, why do so many people say that they don’t understand it?

  1. When and how does a poem become a poem?
  2. The co-existence of political and personal freedom and bondage
  3. Teaching poetry to children and the question of age-appropriate poetry and its accessibility


If you are interested in participating in the festival, kindly email, from January 4th2016.




We will also, together with literary partners, celebrate the golden anniversary of Song of Lawino’s first publication in Luo and English since it was first published in 1966. A few schools and guest writers and poets from across Africa, The U.S and Europe have already confirmed attendance at the festival. From January, we will unveil them.

We will also launch our new website and in June, hold the first ever in Uganda, Poetry On The Mountain, scheduled for June and alongside this will be a launch of a poetry collection. Mount Rwenzori’s first ever poetry collection launch.

The 2014 and 2015 Babishai Poetry award long-listed poets will also be published in an anthology and launched during the #Babishai2016 Poetry festival.

We wish you a magnificent year ahead and sincerely look forward to bumping our poetry minds together.


May favour and goodness be yours!


From Us.

The Babishai Niwe Poetry Festival team.


Kindly note that our new official address is


About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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