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More African Stories by African Writers & Illustrators for Children 

Welcome

To all our supporters who have joined the Golden Baobab journey over the past 8 years, we want to say thank you! Your support makes a lot of difference to our cause, and we would like to share our work with you through our monthly newsletter.

The newsletter will feature exciting updates and important alerts about the Golden Baobab Prize, Golden Baobab books, opportunities for African writers and illustrators, current and past events and ways you can continue to get closer to the work we do.

If you would like to donate to our work, invest in an African writer or illustrator and contribute to the Golden Baobab Prize, you can support us here. 

2016 Golden Baobab Prize Winners & Shortlist Announced

A week ago, we were delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 Golden Baobab Prize!  This year’s Prize received over 150 early chapter book and picture book stories from 11 African countries.

After months of rigorous evaluation, we were very happy to announce our winners:

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

  • Vennessa Scholtz (South Africa) - Kita and the Red, Dusty Road,  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 each winning story is guaranteed a publishing contract.​​

The shortlisted authors were:  

The Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books

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

  • Khethiwe Mndawe (South Africa) – Lights and Freedom


The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books

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

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

The shortlist receives publishing services from Golden Baobab​ ​that will​ ​connect their​ ​stories to leading African and international publishers.

2016 Golden Baobab Prize Longlist Announced

Leading up to the reveal of the winners, the Golden Baobab Prize announced its 2016 Longlist.

Though most of the authors were first time entrants to the Prize, the jury was impressed by the strength of their stories which featured diverse genres from adventure to mystery to fantasy. According to the jury, this represents an exciting new movement in African children’s literature characterized by bold imagery and daring characters.

From Egypt, through the Gambia and all the way to South Africa, the longlist of the 2016 Golden Baobab Prize were:

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 J. Nnamani (Nigeria) – Soti and Zita's Escape to Earth
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 Alexander Tuomi (South Africa) – A Dark Night for Wishes
  • Vanessa Scholtz (South Africa) – Kita and the Red, Dusty Road
2016 Golden Baobab Prize Jury Announced

Earlier this month, the Golden Baobab Prize announced its 2016 Jury. This year’s edition of the Prize put together a diverse and international jury of experts, representing six countries from around the world as well as unique perspectives.

Collectively, the jury brought nearly 100 years of experience in children’s literature to the selection of the winners and finalists, and reflect the rigor underlying the Golden Baobab Prize’s processes.  

The jury members included:

  • 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 Publishing, a Nigerian publishing house with children’s imprint, Mango Books.

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