It’s that time of the year when we celebrate the African literary community by giving some stand-out individuals their flowers. We are excited to bring you a list of platforms and individuals who really stepped up to the plate and contributed towards making this year a huge success.
2022 Person of the Year
Brittle Paper’s Literary Person of the Year award, now in its 8th year, recognizes an individual who has done outstanding work in advancing African literary culture and industry in the given year. The 2022 honor goes to Prof. Kwame Dawes for his work on building institutional and industry support for African poetry.
2022 Social Media Influencer of the Year
Amyn Bawa-Allah (@Lipglossmaffia)
Nigerian digital content creator and book connoisseur Amyn Bawa-Allah, a.k.a @Lipglossmaffia, is the social media influencer of the year for her use of social media to promote African books.
2022 Writer-Activist of the Year
Tsitsi Dangarembga is the 2022 Brittle Paper Activist of the Year for her brave fight against injustice and her demand for government reform. She is an award-winning Zimbabwean novelist, playwright, filmmaker, and human rights activist.
2022 Academic of the Year
Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola
Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola is Brittle Paper Academic of the Year her contributions to African literary culture and feminist scholarship.
2022 Publishing House the Year
Blackbird Books is Brittle Paper’s Publishing House of the Year for their commitment to supporting authors and celebrating a diverse range of African narratives.
2021 Literary Platform of the Year
Afritondo is the 2022 Brittle Paper Literary Platform of the year for fostering a space for African and Black literature to thrive.