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Celestine Nudanu

Celestine Nudanu

Born: November 04 1966 in Accra, Ghana
Resides: Accra, Ghana
E-mail: celestine (dot) nudana (at) gmail (dot) com

Celestine Nudanu is a product of the University of Ghana, Legon. She graduated with a BA in English and Theatre Arts, and MA degree in International Affairs. Currently, she is the Administrative Systems Coordinator at the University of Professional Studies, Accra. As well as being a passionate reader and book reviewer, Celestine is also a poet, with a budding interest for haiku. Although she says she is a work-in-progress, her works have been included in two anthologies: Western Haiku: A Collection, and Ballads, both produced by Dagda Publishing UK. Her haiku have also been featured in renowned online haiku journals including Cattails, Collected Works of UHTS, The Mamba, Journal of African Haiku Network (of which she is a Supporting Editor), Akita International Haiku Network (Japan), Failed Haiku - A Journal of English Senryu, Prune Juice, The Bamboo Hut, Haikuniverse, Brassbell Journal of Haiku, and Flamingo Clouds (Netherlands). Celestine has also done consulting script-writing for the John Hopkins University Centre for Communication Programme/USAID/Ghana Health Service programme, He Ha Ho where she wrote scripts for Radio Serial Drama on Child, Maternal and Reproductive Health in 2001, 2003, 2012. She also does freelance editing and proofreading of manuscripts for publishing houses like Kwadwoan Publishing, Accra. Celestine is a member of the Ghana Association of Writers (GAW) and the United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS), USA.  Haiku Rhapsodies is her first publication.

Awards and Other Honors: Honourable Mention, 5th Japan - Russia Haiku Contest by Akita International Haiku Network (2016); Second Place, Carpe Diem Kukai (March 2016).

Books Published: Haiku Rhapsodies (Boblindsmedia Enterprise, Accra, Ghana, 2016) [debut publication of a collection of haiku and senryu, available at].

Selected Work
farmers’ market
the scent of melon
trails me home
moonlit night
falling pink blossoms cover
my nudity
harmattan moon
a leafless tree leans on
its shadow
bamboo flute
rushing stream calms
the Savannah
I pick up the sound 
of a fallen leaf
a bit of heaven
in the Virgin’s smile
garden grotto

Credits: "farmers’ market" - Cattails (September 2016); "harmattan moon" - Honorable Mention, 5th Japan-Russia-Haiku Contest (2016); "insomnia" - Failed Haiku 8 (August 2016); "moonlit night" - The Bamboo Hut (Autumn 2016); "bamboo flute" - Haiku Rhapsodies (Boblindsmedia Enterprise, Accra, Ghana, 2016); "a bit of heaven" - The Mamba Journal of African Haiku Issue 3.

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