Graduate Student Best Essay Award

For an outstanding paper in African literary studies by a graduate student. The award comes with a $250 cash prize.

2022 Winner:

  • Elizabeth Abena Osei “She was hiding in the best possible way, masquerading herself”: Post Censorship, Afrofuturist Elements and Re-purposing Traditional African Elements in Nalo Hopkinson's Midnight Robber

2020 Winner:

  • Katherine Hummel “Spatial Entanglements: Reading Ecologies of Infrastructure in Ben Okri’s The Famished Road

2019 Winners:

  • Martha Bannikov "Digital Environments and Precarious Perforances in the Namibian Facebook Narrative 'The Dream of a Kwanyama Girl'"
  • Amaud Tcheoutou “L’hymn nationale L’hymne national du Cameroun: Un chant patriotique sans ancrage géo-identitaire”

2017 Winner: Susanna Sacks
"Digital Voices: Negotiating Global Forms and Local Identity in Cape Town Performance Poetry”

2014 Winner: Megan Cole Paustian
"'A Real Heaven on Their Own Earth' Religious Missions, African Writing, and the Anticolonial Imagination"

  • 2014 Honorable Mention: Jonathon Coplen Rose
    "Laughing across a Social Divide: Corruption and Class in Pieter-Dirk Uys's MacBeki"

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