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Hello Poets!

Welcome to the Let Me Breath, Pass The Tobacco Control Bill

Poetry Battle

About The Competition

The Let Me Breathe, Pass the Tobacco Control Bill POETRY BATTLE is a contest of various talents in poetry. The thematic focus is on Tobacco Control, which is inspired Zambia’s desperate need to address the harms of tobacco to the entire society. Beyond behavioural change among consumers of tobacco products, the theme focuses on the advocacy message to Zambia’s decision-makers to pass the Tobacco Control Bill, a necessary and critical legislative measure towards realising and achieving a healthier, more responsible and more productive citizenry.

Participating poets should take prime interest in learning about tobacco, its harmful effects on society, and the various ways to address improving the unhealthy consequences fostered tobacco in Zambia. Above all solutions and ideas, the key is to enact the Tobacco Control Bill, a fundamental piece of legislation drawn from the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), to which Zambia signed in May 2008. This campaign is primarily focused on advancing this cause. The enactment of the Tobacco Control Bill will reduce the over 7,000 lives killed tobacco every year, and change the economics of losing over K2.8 billion annually due to tobacco.

In tackling this poetry battle, the poets are encouraged and challenged to go through various sources of tobacco control documentation to get facts and guidance on the subject matter. The poets shall be provided with the necessary links, documents and awareness training on the same.

Look through all the details and schedules of this poetry battle and confirm your full availability to participate in all the stages of the competition. 

STAGE 1: Learn About The Theme and Competition

Pursue studying what Tobacco Control is about and the legislative journey pursued in Zambia and internationally. This learning shall prepare the poets to develop great content for the competition.

STAGE 2: Apply to Participate in the Competition

Applicants submit their application for participation 9th May 2024, using the MCF website, and upon selection, they submit their photos and videos for promotions May 10, 2024.

STAGE 3: Attend The Champions of Change TC Workshop

The Champions of Change and Tobacco Control Awareness Workshop shall be held on Sunday, 12th May 2024, from 12:00 to 17:00 hours at Master Chimbala Foundation in Northmead, Lusaka.

STAGE 4: Attend and Participate in the Main Competition Event

The main competition event takes place on Wednesday, 22nd May 2024, at the MCF in Northmead. Poets must be available for the whole programme. Finalist shall enter into the final set on 31st May 2024.

STAGE 5: Final Contest, Winners, Awards and Graduates

The final battle of the poets shall be held on the 31st of May 2024, featuring the finalists drawn from the 26th May contest. All the poets are to attend the graduation, awards and celebration at the WNTD event.

STAGE 6: Attend the Celebrate Meeting

All the poets are invited to attend the CELEBRATE Come-Together meetings that run every quarter. The next CELEBERATE event will be held in June 2024. Attendance is pre-registration.

Everyone is a winner!

Awards and Prizes

The final Poetry Battle shall award 2 top winning finalists. All participating poets shall be recognized and celebrated for being part of the poetry journey.


Awarded a Trophy, Cash, A Certificate of The First Best Poet Award, and an inspirational book.


Awarded a Shield, Cash, A Certificate of The Second Best Poet Award, and an inspirational book.

Graduate Honor of Participation for All

Awarded a Badge of Honor, A Certificate of Successful Participation and an Inspirational Book.

Do you want to become a Champion of Change?

Champions of Change are the agency of voice for the voiceless masses, the suffering citizens, societal ills scourging our nation; the Champions are the people with keen desire to build a better Zambia taking full personal responsibility and leadership to addressing our challenges as a society.

Apply here to Participate in the Poetry Battle.