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Syncity NG’s Poetry In Times of Corona 2020 Anthology Longlist

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Poetry in times of Corona longlist

On the 24th of March 2020, Syncity NG officially announced the theme of her current year’s anniversary anthology- Poetry in Times of Corona and also made a call for submissions for poetry and non-fictional pieces.

After receiving over 500 entries from poets around Africa, only the poems that met our submission criteria were published on the social media pages.

After a round of intense voting from all our social media loyalists, we are excited to announce the longlisted poems in our Poetry category!

1. Aaron Blackman- The Playground

2. Chidi Isaac- Lone Soldier

3. Amarachi Udechukwu- Walk Me Upon the Waters

4. Ogunsanwo Kazeem- Cough, Sneeze, Death

5. Mariam Sobogun- A Standstill

6. Prosper Ihechi- A dolphin remembers…

7. Chizi Ezugwu- Tiny Monster from Wuhansphere

8. Gimbaya Galadinma-Is that you, Brother Rona?

9. Samuel Nnadi- For My Sister Who Lives in Disposable Memories as Tears and Facemasks

10. Kayode Adegunloye- Poetry in Times of Corona

11. Victor Igiri- Grief on the Open Field

12. Anita Benson- No one knows…

13. Victor Nnebe-You Will Listen When You are Dead

14. David Okolie- Then, lovers lay in melded flesh…

15. Eke Kalu- The Audacity of Hope

16. Adaeze Ogwatta- Sonnet 2020

17. Nnaemeka Ali- Netflixing in Confinement

18. Martin Nwobele- Hope from the Past

19. Akachukwu Lekwauwa- The Time Says Covid-19

20. John Oluwadamilare Okafor- Survival

21. Gbenga Fayemiwo- The Heroic Medalists

22. Bright Osunwoke- Hope is a Healer

23. Gloria Anna Oshafi-The Sound of Silence

24. Olalekan Segun- Yet Another Spank

25. Abdulafeez Olaitan-Of Wine and Roses

26. Ejike Chizoba- COVID came with…

27. Charles Nnanna-Tears of a Poet

28. Bryan Okwesili-This One Will Live

29. Somto Ihezue- Unbowed

30. Ali Akawu- Day 25

31. Onyeka Ashinze- Dear Scholar

32. Chukwuemeriwo Goodness-My Most Realistic Noveldom

33. Chidiogo Ezeozue- Catharsis

34. Esere Gibson-dick- Recipe for Good Measures

35. Comfort Aruo-Unexpected Visitor

36. King Akan Eyo-The Beauty of Scars

37. Khadijah Adekanmbi- The Balm

38. Miche Udeh- Coronary Attack

39. Mary Owojuyigbe- Beep…

40. Arawa Patarh-Ebere-Whether the football game…

41. Eremika Patarh-Ebere- Speak only silence…

42. Adepeju Adenuga-And Mama Said

43. Olajide Akoni-I Miss You in My Space

44. Collins Ogudu- Stranger

45. Samuel Monye- Olanma,

46. Onyinye Menankiti-Fire Tower

47. Tayo Lawal- Covidcalypse

48. Olawale Oladapo-Building Bastille

49. Abraham Babarinde- A Meal of Hope in the Face of Death

50. Ayodele Laibi-Poetry in Times of Corona

51. Olúwádáre Pópóọla-The Metamorphosis of Time into Death

52. Samuel Umechukwu- Global Sunrise

53. Kate Adugba- On Sunday…

54. David Roberts- All Around the World in 2020

55. Muhammadulfatiu Adepeju Ode: Hailing an Ailing World

56. Adedayo Onabade- Escape into the Curfew

57. Ayomide ‘Wes Oriolowo- In these trying times…

58. Fatima zahra usman- Blue Sky Sinking

59. Ikpa Chibuzor- Poetry in Times of Corona

60. Olusumbo Ajibola- A Sick World

61. Precious Cole-End or Beginning

62. Anthony Amanso- Love of Corona Times

63. Tolulope Impact Ogedengbe- Droplets of Hope

64. Lemuel Irabor-Glass

65. Anierobi Chioma- The Virus

For the non-fiction category, the following pieces have been longlisted by the judges:

1. And behold, old things have passed away

2. Three days ago

3. Poetry in times of Corona

4. The self-isolation data log

5. Staying safe

6. The whatsapp forces

7. The fire called Corona

8. Diary of a masked boy

9. My journey to isolation

10. We are transient

11. I really shouldn’t have done it

12. April 1, 2020

13. Don’t touch

Congratulations to all the longlisted poems and non-fiction pieces! The voting yet continues in round 2 of this competition after which the judges would be left to make the final call.

Follow our Instagram and Twitter pages to partake in the voting process.

Did you miss last year’s anthology? Read it here.

May the best pieces make it to the shortlist!

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