2018 Golden Baobab Prize Longlist Announced

The Golden Baobab Prize considered as one of the most respected awards in the African children’s literature industry announced its 2018 Longlisttoday. The prize invites entries of unpublished stories and illustrations by African citizens irrespective of age, race, gender or country of origin. It offers cash prizes as well as publishing opportunities to outstanding entries. This year, the Prize received over 300 new and original stories and illustrations from 17 African countries.

The 2018 Jury, made up of prominent international publishing and literary professionals, went through a rigorous process to evaluate this year’s entries. The winners of the Golden Baobab Prize will be announced on December 15th, 2018. The 2018 Golden Baobab Prize Longlist features twelve African children’s authors and illustrators from six countries across the continent.

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 Golden Baobab Prizes are a set of prestigious awards that celebrate outstanding African writers and illustrators of children’s literature. Established in 2008, the award honors unpublished manuscripts and illustrations for children that reflect the diversity of life, experiences, and cultures across the African continent. Our aim to inspire the creation of more children’s stories by Africans for Africans. The Prizes are organized by Golden Baobab, a Ghana-based arts and culture literary nonprofit that works to increase representation of Africa in the children’s book world, by finding and supporting talented African children’s writers and illustrators and connecting them to book publishing opportunities.

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