Book of the Year Award – Scholarship

For an outstanding book in African literary studies published in the preceding calendar year. The award comes with a $250.00 cash prize.


2020 Winner: Madhu Krishnan
Writing Spatiality in West Africa:  Colonial Legacies in the Anglophone/Francophone Novel
James Currey, 2018.



2019 Winner: Adélékè Adéèkó
Arts of Being Yoruba: Divination, Allegory, Tragedy, Proverb, Panegyric
Indiana University Press, 2017.



2016 Winner: Brinda J. Mehta
Dissident Writings of Arab Women: Voices Against Violence
New York: Routledge, 2014.



Honorable Mention: Simone A. Alexander for African Diasporic Women's Narratives: Politics of Resistance, Survival and Citizenship


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