Liyou Libsekai

The winner of the second Brunel University African Poetry Prize is Liyou Libsekal, an Ethiopian poet who lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The two runners-up are Amy Lukau (Angola) and Nick Makoha (Uganda).

Liyou Mesfin Libsekal was born in 1990 in Ethiopia and grew up traveling with her family, spending the majority of her childhood in different parts of East Africa. She earned a BA in Anthropology from George Washington University in 2012, with a minor in international affairs and a concentration in international development. Liyou returned to Ethiopia after spending a short time in Vietnam. Since January 2013 she has written on culture and the changing environment of her rapidly developing country for the Ethiopian Business Review. Visit the Brunel University African Poetry Prize Website for Details.

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