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We are excited to share that, two stories from the Golden Baobab Prize have been published into books this year.

Cover of book, Malaika's Magical Kiosk      Cover of book, Dad Goes to School

Malaika’s Magical Kiosk written by Shaleen Keshavjee-Gulam from Kenya (for readers 7-10 years old) and Dad Goes to School by Mandy Collins from South Africa (for readers 5-8 years old) were longlisted in the 2014 Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books.

As part of our commitment to the finalists of our Prize, we connected the top stories from the Prize to African and international publishing opportunities.

Malaika’s Magical Kiosk and Dad Goes to School, were produced by Mango Books, an imprint of Quramo Publishing Limited, an independent publishing company based in Nigeria. Quramo Publishing Limited is part of Golden Baobab’s growing network of publishing partners who are committed to our vision to spread more books by Africans to young readers all over the world.

Watch for a snippet of Malaika's Magical Kiosk

Watch for a snippet of Dad Goes to School

Our Executive Director, Deborah Ahenkorah Osei-Agyekum attended the launch of the children's books, which was held in Lagos, Nigeria, to show support to the longlisted authors, literacy and publishing initiatives of Mango Books.

 Book Reading at Quramo Publishing's Book Launch        Our Executive Director at Quramo Publishing's Book Launch

Malaika’s Magical Kiosk and Dad Goes to School are available to download on Amazon. To buy copies in Nigeria, kindly visit Quramo Publishing Limited's website. For copies in Ghana, please contact Golden Baobab.

 
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We are very honored that our Executive Director, Deborah Ahenkorah Osei-Agyekum has been recognized by the International Literacy Association (ILA) for her work as a literacy and education advocate and her contributions to the space through Golden Baobab and our sister company, African Bureau Stories.

Deborah Ahenkorah Osei-Agyekum on the Cover Page of ILA's Literacy Today Magazine

Deborah Ahenkorah Osei-Agyekum on the Cover Page of ILA's Literacy Today Magazine

Deborah was nominated and selected as one of the 30 rising literacy leaders for the International Literacy Association’s second annual 30 Under 30 list! The 30 under 30 list which recognizes up-and-coming literacy champions around the globe and this year’s list of honorees consist ‘rising leaders’ from 12 countries and several sectors. The winners are made up of nonprofit leaders, classroom teachers, authors, volunteers, researchers, and social entrepreneurs, who have championed projects that have directly improved literacy in their communities.

DUNK Student Athletes received their book bags from Deborah & GeeBee The Book Bag

Student Athletes from DUNK, a basketball after school program received their book bags from Deborah & our mascot, GeeBee The Book Bag

 Our Executive Director was featured (on the front page!) of Literacy Today, the member magazine of the International Literacy Association. To read the full magazine interview and inspiring stories of other literary champions who made the list, click here.

Deborah Ahenkorah Osei-Agyekum features as the cover story for Literacy Today

Deborah Ahenkorah Osei-Agyekum features as the cover story for Literacy Today  

 

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Golden Baobab was invited to speak and exhibit illustrations at the 2016 Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC), held in Singapore. AFCC is an annual event organized by the National Book Development Council of Singapore to celebrate and promote the creation and appreciation of children’s book content, with a focus on Asian themes. The AFCC 2016 had over 100 local and international speakers, including authors, illustrators, publishers, media professionals and advocates from countries across Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America. Golden Baobab was proud to be representing the African continent.

2016 AFCC panel on We Need Diverse Books

Like the African continent, Asia boasts of widely diverse cultures and languages. Both regions have a shared history of colonization and today even experience similar development challenges. Being invited to AFCC was an opportunity for Golden Baobab to get to know works and writers from Asia and vice versa. While children’s books from Africa and Asia may not be traveling widely to readers all over the world, it is collaborations and partnerships such as this one that begin to pave the way for increased awareness of children’s literature from our respective parts of the world.

At the festival, our Executive Director, Deborah Ahenkorah Osei-Agyekum spoke on various panels about the African children’s industry, its challenges and the role Golden Baobab is playing in the space. She discussed the transformative power of culturally sensitive stories on children and examined various possible models for the effective distribution of books. Deborah revealed various steps our sister company, African Bureau Stories, is taking to navigate publishing and upcoming titles.

Our Executive Director speaking at the 2016 AFCC in Singapore      Our Executive Director speaking at the 2016 AFCC in Singapore

Also part of the festival, finalists illustrations from the inaugural Golden Baobab Prize for African Illustrators were exhibited in Singapore at the Book Illustrators Gallery (BIG) from May to June. BIG is part of AFCC, and aims to showcase local and regional illustrators and artists and promote them to a wider audience. Importantly, it offers a platform for authors, publishers and the public to take note of illustrators showcased.


Illustrations from the inaugural Golden Baobab Prize for African Illustrators exhibited at BIG, Singapore

 

Illustrations from the inaugural Golden Baobab Prize for African Illustrators exhibited at BIG, Singapore

  Illustrations from the inaugural Golden Baobab Prize for African Illustrators exhibited at BIG, Singapore

 

The finalist illustrations showcased eleven of the finest illustrators from 5 countries across Africa. The artists featured were:

  • Elizabeth Jeffery, South Africa (http://www.greenorebooks.co.za/)

  • Melany Pietersen, South Africa (www.melanypietersen.com &  www.happyartworks.com)

  • Gyimah Gariba, Ghana (ggariba.tumblr.com)

  • Jillian Slabbert, South Africa (http://jiljarvis.co.za/)

  • Lorraine Alvarez, Zimbabwe (www.facebook.com/lorraine.alvarez.posen.art)

  • Mokoena Kobeli, South Africa (www.facebook.com/mokoena.kobeli1 or www.behance.net/mokoenakobeli)

  • Robert Foote, South Africa (www.facebook.com/robfooteillustration)

  • Setor Fiadzibey, Ghana (www.facebook.com/setor.fiadzigbey)

  • Shan Fischer, South Africa (www.shanfischer.com)

  • Wesley Van Eeden, South Africa (www.facebook.com/Resoborg)

  • Xanele Puren, South Africa (www.seesawdo.com)

  • Zineb Benjelloun, Morroco (www.facebook.com/ZNBillustrated)


Collage of finalist illustrations from the inaugural Golden Baobab Prize for African Illustrators

  Collage of finalist illustrations from the inaugural Golden Baobab Prize for African Illustrators 

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Golden Baobab announces that the second edition of the Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators, which was launched on International Children's Book Day 2016, will begin to receive submissions in January 2017.

The Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators is designed to discover and celebrate talented African artists and invite them to create exciting illustrations that can bring children's books to life. It offers its finalists a compelling package of media and publicity, exposure to African and international publishers and participation in an exhibition of all finalist illustrators. The winner of the Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators receives this finalist package as well as a cash prize of 5,000 USD.

Golden Baobab is committed to supporting and promoting African illustrators and developing this important professional community of the children’s book industry. The Prize for Illustrators is organized in addition to the Golden Baobab Prizes for Children's Literature which have been running since 2008. 

For more information on submissions guidelines and deadlines of the Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators, click here

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The 2016 Golden Baobab Prize was launched on April 2, 2016 as we commemorated the International Children’s Book Day. This is a very special launch, because we are also celebrating the 7th anniversary of the Prize. To mark this anniversary and the growth of the prize, we have introduced a refreshed identity for the the Golden Baobab Prize and refined award categories and guidelines.

New Golden Baobab Prize Logo

(Picture above: The New Golden Baobab Prize Logo)

The Golden Baobab Prize is committed to discovering, celebrating and nurturing talented 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, Nii Ayikwei Parkes and Paul O. Zelinsky. Funding for the prize has come from organizations such as Echoing Green, Tigo Reach for Change and the African Library Project.

This year 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.

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If you are an African writer, illustrator/artist, get excited and ready to submit! And spread the word among other authors and illustrators you know. For more submission details, visit 2016 Prizes

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