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The 2018 Golden Baobab Prize Longlist

By Nkem Egenuka on Tue, 11/12/2018 - 23:07

Golden Baobab is a Ghana-based arts and culture literary nonprofit organization keen on increasing the representation of Africa in children’s books.

The Golden Baobab Prize offers publishing opportunities and skills development to the most talented children’s writers and illustrators. Its mission is to provide African writers and illustrators opportunities to create and publish new children’s storybooks.

This year’s judges are Carol Williams’, Kathy Knowles, Daphne Lee, Akoss Ofori-Mensah, Akua Peprah and Sarah Odedina.

The 2018 Golden Baobab Prize received over 300 works and illustrations from 17 African countries and now, the longlist for the 2018 Golden Baobab Prize has been released. This list features only twelve authors from six countries across the continent of which five, are Nigerians. They are:

The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books

  • Adeola Adeyemo (Nigeria ) – The Clock Can’t Jump Through Time
  • Thandazile Sakhile Mpofu (Zimbabwe) – Think Before You Act, Kuku!
  • Sharon Salu (Nigeria ) – Koko’s Head
  • Marie Pelagie Elimbi Moudio (Cameroon) – The Water Festival

The Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books

  • Warũgũrũ Mũchĩra (Kenya) – Akinyi
  • David Kwakye (Ghana) – Keeper of the Gates
  • Ayo Oyeku (Nigeria) – The Era of the Afrocubs
  • Lorna Likiza (Kenya) – Oi Gets Lost

The Golden Baobab Prize for African Illustrators

  • Charles Achibi (Nigeria) – com/charlesachibi
  • Precious Narotso (Kenya )– com/pndraws
  • Henry Ezeokeke (Nigeria )– com/henryartist
  • Elizabeth Jeffery (South Africa ) – greenorebooks.co.za


The winners of the Golden Baobab Prize will be announced on December 15th, 2018. We support our own, and hope they come home with the prize.

For more information, visit www.goldenbaobab.org.





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