Abioseh Porter Best Essay Award

For an outstanding article in African literary studies published in a major peer-reviewed journal in the preceding calendar year. The award comes with a $250 cash prize.

2020 Winner: Ernest Cole, “Decentering Anthropocentrism: Human-animal Relations in Aminatta Forna’s Happiness Journal of the African Literature Association 12.3 (2018) 287-305.

2019 Winner: Matthew Eatough, “African Science Fiction and the Planning Imagination” Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry 4.2 (2017) 237-257.

2018 Winner: Kanika Batra, "“Worlding Sexualities under Apartheid: From Gay Liberation to a Queer Afropolitanism.” Postcolonial Studies 19.1 (2016) 37-52.

2017 Winner: James Yeku, “'Akpos don come again': Nigerian Cyberpop Hero as Trickster.” Journal of African Cultural Studies 28:3 (2016): 245-261.

2016 Winner: Cajetan N. Iheka, “Colo-mentality: Colonial Trauma in Oyono’s Houseboy and Condé’s Crossing the Mangrove.” Research in African Literatures 45.4 (Winter 2014): 33-49.

See this year's Call for Nominations in Announcements for the dates and details on the next competition.