2013 Golden Baobab Prizes Winners Announced

2013 Golden Baobab Prizes Shortlist Announced

Accra,Ghana, November 13th, 2013:We are proud to announce the distinguished winners of the 2013 Golden Baobab Prizes:

• Liza Esterhuyse from South Africa who wins Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books with her story, The Little Hippo.

• Karen Hurt, also from South Africa, who wins the Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books for her story, What’s Going on at 179 Jabulani Street?.

• Kanengo Rebecca Diallo from Tanzania, who wins the Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Writers for her story, Pieces of Africa. The Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Writers is given to a young writer who is 18 years and below who shows exceptional literary promise.

The 2013 Golden Baobab Prizes received a total of 180 submissions. The longlist for the Prizes which was announced on 30th August showcased 25 stories selected from 6 African countries. The shortlist followed in early November with 8 stories from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria. This year’s prizes winners represent two countries: South Africa and Tanzania.

This is the fifth 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. The Prizes offer monetary prizes, publishing opportunities for winners of the Picture Book and Early Chapter Book Prizes, and the opportunity for the Rising Writer to be a part of the prestigious panel of judges for the 2014 prizes.

Judges for the 2013 Golden Baobab Prizes include award winning author and founder of the Brunel University African Poetry Prize, Bernardine Evaristo, recipient of the Honor Award in Lee & Low Books’ New Voices Contest, Zetta Elliott, African Studies scholar, Esi Sutherland-Addy, IBBY SA Chairperson, Nonikiwe Mashologu, English teacher and researcher, Annette Hansen, and Osayimwinse Osa, founding editor of the Journal of African Children’s and Youth Literature (JACYL).

Last year’s winners of the Golden Baobab Prizes were Joy Nwiyi from Nigeria, Jenny Robson from Botswana and South Africa and Rutendo Chabikwa from Zimbabwe.

Golden Baobab Prizes Shortlist 2013

Golden Baobab Prizes Shortlist 2013

Accra,Ghana, November 1, 2013: 180 stories were submitted to this year’s Golden Baobab Prizes. Of these, 25 made it onto the longlist and 8 to the shortlist. The 8 shortlisted stories are:

The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books

The Princess with a Golden Voice – Philip Begho (Nigeria)

The Little Hippo – Liza Esterhuyse (South Africa)

Grandma Mimo’s Breakfast – Carol Gachiengo (Kenya)

 

The Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books

Seven – Sabina Mutangadura (Zimbabwe)

Rhino – Richard Street (South Africa)

What’s going on at 179 Jabulani Street? – Karen Hurt (South Africa)

 

The Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Writers

The Little Secret – Fego Martins Ahia (Nigeria)

Pieces of Africa – Kanengo Rebecca Diallo (Tanzania)

Chair of judges for the Picture Book Prize, Zetta Elliott, whose first picture book, Bird, won the Honor Award in Lee and Low Books’ New Voices Contest, commented on the shortlist saying, "I'm very impressed with the range and originality of the stories. This year's shortlist suggests that there are plenty of emerging authors who take seriously the task of nourishing the imagination of African children. These stories have magic, mystery, and important lessons about the value of community. They confirm what we already know: Africa's literary landscape is rich and diverse!"

The Golden Baobab Prizes, now in its fifth year, were set up to find the very best writers of African children’s literature. This year’s shortlist suggests that the judges; Bernardine Evaristo, Esi-Sutherland-Addy, Nonikiwe Mashologu, Zetta Elliott, Annette Hansen and Osayimwense Osa, all have varying ideas about what constitutes good fiction for children. This has ensured a very diverse 2013 shortlist.

Osayimwense Osa, founding author of the Journal of African Children’s and Youth Literature (JACYL), is a firm believer in the power of literature. He says, “It transform the world from confusion and violence to peace is immense and so it is wise to get children reading in their formative years. They must have access to literature which is in touch with social functions, individual lives, and world realities and some of the stories in the shortlist do just that.”

The shortlist comes out after over 8 weeks of the rigorous Golden Baobab Prizes evaluation process. It is evident that African writers are passionate about creating beautiful stories to ignite the imaginations of African children everywhere. The winners of the 2013 prizes will be announced on 13 November.

 

5th annual Golden Baobab Prizes ends call for submissions

5th  annual Golden Baobab Prizes ends call for submissions

Accra, July 26th, 2013 – The Golden Baobab Prizes for African children’s literature has ended the call for submissions to its 5th annual edition of the prizes. This year, Golden Baobab introduced three prizes: The Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books, The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books and the Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Writers, with a new emphasis on imaginative and enthralling content.

This year’s prizes received a total of 180 stories from thirteen African countries: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Tanzania, South Africa, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Lesotho, Zambia and Sierra Leone. Nigeria and Tanzania produced the most entrants. This year’s entries bring the total number of entries submitted to the Golden Baobab Prize over the past 5 years to over 1,000 stories.

Having established itself as a prestigious platform for discovering African writers of African children’s stories, Golden Baobab is set to begin a massive appeal for corporate sponsorships that will help to increase its reach and unearth more talent.  According to the Executive Director of the organization, Deborah Ahenkorah, “Golden Baobab is looking for bold, visionary corporate partners who want to create for African children, a colorful world filled with fantasy, adventure and imagination!  African children deserve to grow up surrounded by stories that reflect their cultures and experiences. We are looking for partners who believe that this is possible.” This partnership will enable Golden Baobab bring its top stories to life as print and digital books, films, apps, games and merchandise for children.

The Golden Baobab Prizes’ evaluation process has begun and a shortlist will be announced in September 2013. The winners of the Golden Baobab Prizes will be named in the second week of November and will receive $1,000 (USD), the opportunity to publish with and receive royalties from Golden Baobab top tier African and international publishers, the benefit of increased publicity that comes with being named a Golden Baobab winner, and opportunities to attend exclusive Golden Baobab workshops. In addition to the above, the winner of the Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Writers will serve on the prestigious panel of judges for the 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes, bringing a critical young perspective to the evaluation process.

 

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About The Golden Baobab Prizes

The Golden Baobab Prizes for literature was established in July 2008 to inspire the creation of enthralling African children’s stories by gifted African writers. The Prizes invite entries of unpublished stories written by African citizens irrespective of age, race, or country of origin. The Prizes are organized by Golden Baobab, a Ghana-based pan African social enterprise dedicated to supporting African writers and illustrators to create winning African children’s books.  The organization’s Advisory Board includes renowned authors Ama Ata Aidoo, Patrice Nganang, Jay Heale and Maya Ajmera. Golden Baobab is proudly supported by Echoing Green, Reach for Change, The Global Fund for Children and The African Library Project.

For further information, photos or to arrange interviews, please contact: Nanama B. Acheampong via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel: +233302 265215

Website: www.goldenbaobab.org

2013 Golden Baobab Prizes Longlist Announced

2013 Golden Baobab Prizes Longlist Announced

Accra, August 30th, 2013: The 2013 Golden Baobab Prize longlist has been announced. The prize, celebrating its 5th year, was set up to inspire the creation of enthralling African children’s stories. Golden Baobab offers three prizes: The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books, The Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books and The Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Writers. The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books and The Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books is open to all African citizens. The Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Writers is open to budding African writers under the age of eighteen years.

According to Nanama B. Acheampong, coordinator of the Golden Baobab Prizes, “Golden Baobab is really excited about this year’s stories and we are looking forward to growing further by publishing a collection of these amazing stories we have received. We are currently looking to partner with corporations that share in our vision to bring these stories to the doorsteps of African children everywhere.”

The longlist had the strongest representation from Nigeria and South Africa. Other countries that featured were Zimbabwe, Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania.  Philip Begho and Ayibu Makolo, both Nigerian, had two stories each on the longlist. Below is the full longlist:

Longlist for the Picture Book Prize

Carol Gachiengo – Grandma Mimo’s Breakfast (Kenya)

Mandy Collins – Dad Goes to School (South Africa)

Philip Begho – The Princess with the Golden Voice (Nigeria)

Liza Esterhuyse – The Little Hippo (South Africa)

Nneoma Ike-Njoku – Elelenma (Nigeria)

Philip Begho – The Two-Headed Monster (Nigeria)

Regina Malan – The Butterfly Tree (South Africa)

Ansie Nel - Thumisang and Pulane (South Africa)

Ayibu Makolo– The Little Yellow Frog (Nigeria)

Nahida Esmail – Bibo Learns to Speak the Truth (Tanzania)

 

Longlist for the Early Chapter Book Prize

Fawa Conradie – Kay Cera Cera (South Africa)

Sabina Mutangadura – Seven (Zimbabwe)

Edith-Susan Uchenna – Christmas in Kemah’s Home Town (Nigeria)

Richard Street – Rhino (South Africa)

Sedem Abla Agbolosu - Kwame Gets a Job (Ghana)

Tunji Ajibade – In the End (Nigeria)

Karen Hurt – What’s Going on at 179 Jabulani Street? (South Africa)

Ayibu Makolo – Madam’s Maid (Nigeria)

Derek Lubangakene – Of Ghosts and Grave-Robbers (Uganda)

Olorunfunmi Temitope – Grandma’s Hens (Nigeria)

 

Longlist for The Rising Writer Prize

Jennifer Sarfo – Songs of Gods (Ghana)

Kanengo Diallo – Pieces of Africa (Tanzania)

Fego Martins Ahia – The Little Secret (Nigeria)

Asantewa Owusu-Darko – The Busting of the Greedy Gangster (Ghana)

Freda Sarfo – Making a Wish (Ghana)

The shortlist for the Golden Baobab Prizes will be announced on 30th October and the winners will be announced on 13th November, 2013. Past winners of the Golden Baobab Prizes have included Joy Nwiyi from Nigeria, Jenny Robson from Botswana and South Africa and Rutendo Chabikwa from Zimbabwe who won the 2012 Rising Writer Prize.

Visit the blog for the summaries of the longlisted stories and the biographies of the writers.

 

Golden Baobab Prize Winners Named

The 2012 winners of the Golden Baobab Prizes, a leading African literary award, have been announced. This year Joy Nwiyi of Nigeria, Jenny Robson of South Africa/Botswana and Rutendo Chabikwa of Zimbabwe were selected as the distinguished winners by a prestigious panel of judges. They join the growing circle of promising authors chosen by The Golden Baobab Prizes, which are the only prizes of their kind. They are awarded annually to inspire the creation of quality African literature to be enjoyed by young readers in Africa and around the world. The prizes offer a monetary award to its winners and connects outstanding stories with an array of African and international publishers.

This year, Nwiyi’s Something for Next Time won her the Golden Baobab Prize for the best story written for ages 12-15 years. Robson’s Wha-Zup Dude? was named the Golden Baobab winner for the best story written for ages 8-11 years. Finally, Chabikwa’s A Healing Adventure and Letters from the City earned her the Golden Baobab Rising Writer Prize, which is given to a young writer, 18 years or under, who shows exceptional literary promise for his or her age.

The 2012 Golden Baobab Prizes Honorable Mentions for the Junior Category (stories targeted at readers 8-11 years):

  • Yaba Badoe (Ghana): The Fish-Man of Purple Lake 
  • Daniel Ansah Akrofi (Ghana), The Stray 
  • Yaba Badoe of (Ghana), The Fisherman's Daughter 

The 2012 Golden Baobab Prize Honorable Mentions for the Senior Category (stories targeted at readers 12-15 years):

  • Gothataone Moeng (Botswana), Absolute Truth about Red Mite  Sedem Agbolosu (Ghana), Transfiguration

The 2012 Golden Baobab Rising Writer Prize Honorable Mention (for a promising writer 18 years and younger):

  • Sarah Juma (Nigeria), Grey Marine

The 2012 Golden Baobab Prizes featured a panel of renowned judges. They are CNN Hero and children’s librarian Yohannes Gebregeorgis, international children’s librarian Tanja Galetti, award- winning young African writer Kopano Matlwa, esteemed scholar Vivian Yenika Agbaw, South African children’s publisher Carol Broomhall and acclaimed writer of African children's stories Atinuke Akinyemi-Sears.

The mission of the Golden Baobab Prizes is to ensure the creation of high quality literary content for children and young adults by discovering, nurturing and promoting African talent.

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