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Best "New" African Poets Anthology 2020

edited by Tendai Rinos Mwanaka, Balddine Moussa, Lorna Telma Zita

Best New African Poets 2020 Anthology, which can be in part titled the Covid Diaries is the 6th volume of the yearly anthology of contemporary African poets, Best New African Poets (BNAP). In this anthology the poets tackle the covid pandemic, some with fear, some with pain, some with anger, some with forebodings of danger; you sense the feeling of insecurity in all of the entries around this issue. This is understandable. As a humanity we have had to go, and we are still going, through one of the most terrible times in our existence, as millions get swept away in this tidal danger. But we will vanquish this monster, we will come out stronger, in the meanwhile as we fight this monster we continue celebrating our humanity in love poems, in spiritual poetry, in politics and governance, in developmental agendas, in foods, in day to day connections, which will outstay this menace. 

Best New African Poets 2020 Anthology has over 352 pieces from 140 African poets from among other African countries: Nigeria, Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, Egypt, Tunisia, Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe, Comoros, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Cameroun, Namibia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana etc, and those of African Diasporas in Portugal, Brazil, the UK, USA, China, etc… 

ISBN 9781779255747 | 556 pages | 229 x 152mm | 2021 | Mwanaka Media and Publishing, Zimbabwe | Paperback



"They hold his hand, make him see the features of life with an African color and background. He sees in it the human character, its flaws, the link between this world of the living and the other world, the expression of love through the words of hatred and disgust; destiny; spirituality, self-defense, confusion, doubt, woman's wrath, hope, universal love, these are the main themes which these young poets invite you to discover."

Balddine Moussa

"The poems presented by the selected ones go beyond a simple expression of feeling, addressing themes that are of common interest, such as prejudice, injustice, acceptance of Africanity, life, death, revolt, misery, love, hate, passion, politics, resistance, beliefs, victory, xenophobia, death of a  neighbour and nationalism. They are the cries of several poets who become a whole, with one and only one objective; to communicate through literature, to calm hearts, and to bring about changes in society."

Lorna Telma Zita



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