The Golden Baobab Prize

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The Golden Baobab Prize

The Golden Baobab Prize[1] (formerly The Baobab Prize) is awarded annually to African writers of children's literature and young adult literature. The Golden Baobab Prize accepts entries of unpublished short stories written by African citizens irrespective of age, race or geographical location. The prize is awarded annually to African citizens who submit a short story geared toward children and/or young adults in one of three categories: Junior Category (stories for readers aged 8 – 11 years), Senior Category (stories for readers aged 12 – 15 years) and a Rising Writer prize for a promising writer aged 18 years and under. Entry into the prize is by email, submitted stories should be unpublished works in English. Established in July 2008,[2] the Golden Baobab Prize is an African literary award that aims to encourage the writing of African literature for children and young adults. Its mission is to identify African literary giants of the next generation and produce classic African stories that will be appreciated for years to come.

The Golden Baobab Prize is an initiative of The Golden Baobab Foundation for Education, a nonprofit organization registered in Ghana. The prize is supported by the African Library Project,[3] Playing for Change,[4][5] Echoing Green,[6] and The Global Fund for Children.[7] The organization operates from its office in Accra, Ghana, led by co-founder Deborah Ahenkorah. In 2009 the inaugural 2008 winners were awarded $800 each, this was increased to $1000 for the 2009/2010 awards in the Junior and Senior categories.

The Golden Baobab Prize WinnersEdit

Junior Category: Lauri Kubuitsile - Lorato and her Wire Car (Botswana)
Senior Category: Ivor W. Hartmann - Mr. Goop (Zimbabwe)
Rising Writer: Aisha Kibwana - Strange Visitors that took her life away (Kenya)

Junior Category: Mirirai Moyo - Diki, the Little Earthworm (Zimbabwe)
Senior Category: Lauri Kubuitsile - Mechanic’s Son (Botswana)
Rising Writer: Aisha Kibwana - Strange Visitors that took her life away (Kenya)

Junior Category: Edyth Bulbring - Sour Worms (South Africa)
Senior Category: Ken Farnsworth - The Rooster (South Africa)
Rising Writer: Luc Haasbroek - The Dance (South Africa)

2014 [11] [12] [13]

Portia Dery became the first Ghanaian to win with her story "Grandma's list" for picture book prize.

The Golden Baobab Prize JudgesEdit

2009: Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Kathy Knowles, and Professor Osayimwense Osa.

2010: Jay Heale, Nana Ayebia Clarke, Muthoni Garland, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Cynthia Pon, and Meshack Asare.

2011: Brenda Randolph, Helon Habila, Elinor Sisulu, Meshack Asare, Carol Mitchell, and Tanja Galetti.


  1. ^ "Home - The Golden Baobab". Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  2. ^ News Bryn Mawr College
  3. ^ "African Library Project - Home". The African Library Project. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  4. ^ "Playing for Change |". (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  5. ^ Deborah Ahenkorah about The Golden Baobab Prize on YouTube (P4CSweden)
  6. ^ "Funding Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation | Echoing Green". Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  7. ^ "Global Fund for Children". Global Fund for Children. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  8. ^ 2009 winners
  9. ^ 2010 winners
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "Here are the Winners of the 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes". Kinna Reads. 2014-11-14. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  12. ^ Golden Baobab (2015-03-18), Portia Dery wins Golden Boabab Prize for 'Grandma's List', retrieved 2018-04-19
  13. ^ Golden Baobab (2015-04-17), 2014 Golden Baobab Prize Winners on BBC Africa, retrieved 2018-04-19

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