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: Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike, “Self-publishing
in the Era of Military Rule in Nigeria”
Journal of African Cultural Studies

32;2, 212-230.

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.