The Golden Baobab Prize Announces 2016 Winners and Shortlist

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The Golden Baobab Prize Announces 2016 Winners and Shortlist

 Accra, Ghana, November 21, 2016 – Golden Baobab is delighted to announce the winners of the 7th edition of the Golden Baobab Prize. The Prize is often referred to as the “African Newbery Prize”, and is renowned as a pioneering and prestigious award in the African children’s literature industry.

This year, the Golden Baobab​ ​Prize received over 150 stories from 11 African countries.​ ​The submissions were judged by​ ​an​ ​impressive​ ​jury from diverse backgrounds who collectively brought nearly 100 years of experience in children’s literature to the selection of the 2016 winners and finalists.   

The winning stories of the 2016 Golden Baobab Prize are:

  • The Ama-zings! by Lori-Ann Preston from South Africa, Winner of the Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books.

  • Kita and the Red, Dusty Road by Vennessa Scholtz from South Africa, Winner of the Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books.  

The winner of each Golden Baobab Prize receives​ ​a cash prize of 5,000 USD and a guaranteed publishing contract.​​

Those shortlisted were:  


The Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books

  • Maya and the Finish Line by Ayo Oyeku from Nigeria

  • Lights and Freedom by Khethiwe Mndawe from South Africa

 

The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books

  • A Dark Night for Wishes by Kai Tuomi from South Africa

  • Mr. Cocka-Rocka-Roo by Lori-Ann Preston from South Africa​


The Executive Director of Golden Baobab, Deborah Ahenkorah Osei-Agyekum commented, “For the past seven years, The Golden Baobab Prize has​ ​focused on delivering a quality annual literature prize that raises awareness about the need for more African literature for children.​ ​Now, the Prize is excited to enter a new​ ​phase where we​ ​will focus heavily on setting up more publishing partnerships and opportunities for our writers to get more African books into the hands of children. ​For the first​ ​time, this year's winning stories are guaranteed a publishing contract. The longlist also receives publishing services from Golden Baobab​ ​that will​ ​connect their​ ​stories to leading African and international publishers.”

 

The Golden Baobab Prize Announces 2016 Longlist

The 2016 Golden Baobab Prize Longlist

 

The Golden Baobab Prize Announces 2016 Longlist

Accra, November 18, 2016 – The Golden Baobab Prize today announces its 2016 Longlist. The Prize is often referred to as the “African Newbery Prize”, and is renowned as a pioneering and prestigious award in the African children’s literature industry. The 2016 longlist features eight impressive rising African authors from four countries across the continent.

This year, the Prize received over 150 stories from 11 African countries. The 2016 jury, made up of international experts from diverse backgrounds, went through a rigorous process to evaluate the stories and select the longlisted authors.

Though most of the authors were first time entrants to the Prize, the jury was impressed by the strength of their stories which featured multiple genres such as adventure, mystery and crime. This represents an exciting new movement in African children's literature characterized by bold imagery and daring characters.

The jury is delighted to unveil eight fresh voices in African children’s literature. 

Here is the 2016 Golden Baobab Prize Longlist:

The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books

  • Lori-Ann Preston (South Africa)Mr. Cocka-Rocka-Roo

  • Lori-Ann Preston (South Africa)Snails Have Feelings Too!

  • Victoria Blain (The Gambia)The Baobab Ghee

  • Kai Tuomi (South Africa)A Dark Night for Wishes

  • Vennessa Scholtz (South Africa)- Kita and the Red, Dusty Road

 

The Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books

  • Oyeku Ayodele Moses (Nigeria)Maya and the Finish Line

  • Lori-Ann Preston (South Africa)The Ama-zings!

  • Dina Mousa (Egypt)Maya and the Mystery of the Cat Burglars

  • Khethiwe Mndawe (South Africa)Lights and Freedom

  • Chidinma Jay Nnamani (Nigeria)Soti and Zita's Escape to Earth

 

The Golden Baobab Prize awards finalist writers with African and international publishing opportunities as well as widespread publicity. The winner of each Golden Baobab Prize receives this finalist package as well as a cash prize of 5,000 USD. The winners of the 2016 Golden Baobab Prizes for African Children’s Literature will be announced on November 21st, 2016.

 

Golden Baobab Prize launches on International Children’s Book Day

Golden Baobab Prize launches on International Children’s Book Day

Golden Baobab Prize launches on International Children’s Book Day

Accra, Ghana, April 2, 2016 - To celebrate International Children’s Book Day, Golden Baobab has launched the 2016 Golden Baobab Prizes. This is the 7th edition of the prize that was established in 2008 to support the development of children’s books by African writers and illustrators.

The prize has received nearly 2000 entries since its beginning and its jury has included notable literary personalities such as Meshack Asare, Bernadine Evaristo and Nii Ayikwei Parkes. Funding for the prize has come from organizations such as Echoing Green, Tigo Reach for Change and the African Library Project. 

To mark the launch of the 7th edition of the prize, executive director of the organization, Deborah Osei-Agyekum commented on the significance of launching on International Children’s Book Day. She remarked, “Golden Baobab has a long term commitment to supporting the growth of the African children’s literature space. We want to see more African children’s books in local and global marketplaces and the Golden Baobab Prize is how we start. This year’s prize is revamped with a new brand identity as we enter another chapter of our growth where we hope to establish long term corporate sponsorship for the prize.”

 There are 4 prizes to be awarded: The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books, the Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books, the Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators and the Golden Baobab Lifetime Achievement Prize. They come with $20,000 in prize money and publishing opportunities for winning stories. Golden Baobab is making a call out to African writers and illustrators to participate in the prize. More information can be found on their website: www.goldenbaobab.org.

The Golden Baobab Prize Announces 2016 Judges

The 2016 Golden Baobab Prize Jury

 

The Golden Baobab Prize Announces 2016 Judges 

Accra, November 14, 2016 - Golden Baobab has today announced the jury of the 2016 Golden Baobab Prize. The annual Golden Baobab Prize is a set of awards that celebrate and create publishing opportunities for African writers and illustrators of children's stories. The prize is sometimes referred to as the “African Newbery Prize” for its prestige as a pioneering award in the African children’s literature industry.

This year’s edition of the Golden Baobab Prize has put together a diverse and international jury of experts. They represent six countries from around the world as well as unique perspectives from various facets of the children’s literature industry. Collectively, the jury brings nearly 100 years of experience in children’s literature to the selection of the winner and finalists and reflect the rigor underlying the Golden Baobab Prize’s processes.  

According to Deborah Ahenkorah Osei-Agyekum, the Executive Director of Golden Baobab, “We are proud of the strength of this year’s judging panel and their wealth of experience. The Golden Baobab Prize continues to show strong commitment to young perspectives in children's literature with the inclusion of two accomplished young judges in this year’s jury.”

The jury for the 2016 Golden Baobab Literature Prize are:

  • Nonikiwe Mashologu (South Africa), former chairperson of IBBY South Africa and renowned literary critic of African children’s books.
  • Rutendo Chabikwa (Zimbabwe), novelist, poet and former winner of the Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Writers.
  • Daphne Lee (Malaysia), editor, Scholastic Asia; children’s book writer; nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s largest prize for children’s and young adult literature.
  • Kofi Anyimadu (Ghana), young author, book lover and former judge of the Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators.
  • Brenda Randolph (USA), founder of Africa Access which organizes the prestigious annual Children’s Africana Book Awards.
  • Lanre Shasore (Nigeria), team lead at Quramo, a Nigerian publishing house with children’s imprint, Mango Books.

The Golden Baobab Prize awards finalist writers with African and international publishing opportunities as well as widespread publicity. The winner of each Golden Baobab Prize receives this finalist package as well as a cash prize of 5,000 USD. The winners of the 2016 Golden Baobab Prizes for African Children’s Literature will be announced on November 21st, 2016.

The Golden Baobab Prize Announces 2014 Winners

The Golden Baobab Prize 2014 Winners

The Golden Baobab Prize Announces 2014 Winners

Accra, Ghana, November 13, 2014 - We are proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes:

  • Portia Dery, from Ghana wins the Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books with her story, Grandmas List.
  • Mary Ononokpono, from Nigeria, wins the Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books for her story, Talulah the Time Traveler.
  • Xanele Puren, from South Africa, wins the inaugural Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators. The Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators is the biggest and most prestigious prize committed to discovering, nurturing and celebrating talented African illustrators of children’s stories.

The 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes for Literature and  Illustration received nearly 300 submissions from writers and illustrators across Africa. The longlist for the literature prizes was announced early September and showcased 11 stories, selected from 6 African countries. The shortlist followed late October with 11 stories from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The illustration prizes unveiled 3 shortlisted artists; 2 from South Africa and 1 from Ghana. This year’s prize winners represent three countries: Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.

This is the sixth year of the Golden Baobab Prizes, which were established in July 2008 to inspire the creation of enthralling, culturally relevant African children’s stories by African writers.  “We are proud of the contribution we are making to the children’s literature and illustration world and are actively searching for exciting partnerships to expand our reach and impact across Africa. We are seeking major corporate partnerships by our next prize season to further propel our vision of making the heads of children across Africa beautiful places for them to live!” says the Executive Director of Golden Baobab.

Today, the Prizes offer $20,000 in monetary awards, publishing opportunities for winners of the Picture Book and Early Chapter Book Prizes, and the winner of the Illustration prize attends a Golden Baobab award ceremony and a traveling exhibition of artist’s illustrations.

Judges for the 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes are Summer Edward, Anansesem Caribbean Children's Literature Ezine founder and editor, Nancy Drost, Seasoned international educator, Kinna Likimani, Mbaasem Foundation board member and celebrated book critic, Doreen Baingana, Multiple award-winning Ugandan author and former chairperson FEMRITE, Nonikiwe Mashologu, African children’s literature critic, Kanengo Diallo, 13-year old Tanzanian winner of the 2013 Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Writers, Paul O. Zelinsky, International Award-winning American Illustrator and Writer and Caldecott Medalist, Akua Peprah, Early Childhood Educator and Kofi Kokua Asante Anyimadu, 8-year old Ghanaian book lover.

 Last year’s winners of the Golden Baobab Prizes were Liza Esterhuyse and Karen Hurt from South Africa and Kanengo Rebecca Diallo from Tanzania.

 

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