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Kudos to the folks at Golden Baobab for all the light they are shining on African children’s books. The Golden Baobab Prize awarded to the best African children’s book is in its 7th edition, and we are delighted to share with you the list of winners.

The prize is one of the platforms established by the Golden Baobab Foundation, a Ghana-based organization that enjoys the support of a many in the African literary community, including Ama Ata Aidoo and Maya Ajmera.

The prize was stablished to fill the conspicuous absence of a literary market and culture around African children’s books. That is why the award is designed to give writers publishing opportunity. The stories and illustrations entered for the prize are previously unpublished. Winning the award comes with a 5000 dollar prize and a publishing contract.

Deborah Ahenkorah Osei-Agyekum, the Director of Golden Baobab, see the pool of talent attracted by the prize as incentive to continue to create “more publishing partnerships and opportunities for our writers to get more African books into the hands of children.”

Congrats the winners! Below are list of shortlisted authors and winners.

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 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.



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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

3 Responses to “The Winners of the 2017 Golden Baobab Prize for African Children’s Books” Subscribe

  1. Hannah December 20, 2016 at 5:25 am #

    Congrats to them! It was confusing, though, to see that the winners were not included on the shortlists.

  2. KI McGillivray May 7, 2018 at 10:16 am #

    By submitting a mansucript before the deadline in 2017 I was assured of a written review.

    What has happened to this?

  3. KI McGillivray May 7, 2018 at 10:19 am #

    What happened to the prize for illustrations?

    No indication of this either!

    Communication of some sort would be a courtesy!

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