Winners of the Golden Baobab Prize for 2012 have been announced. The GB Prize is divided into three categories: The Senior Category, The Junior Category, and the Rising Writer Category. The goal of the GB Prize is "to inspire the creation of African stories that children and young adults the world over will love!" And this is long overdue since the focus of most novelist on the continent is not on this class of people.
Joy Nwiyi from Nigeria won the Senior Category with her story Something for Next Time. Joy is a graduate of the University of Calabar and also holds an M.A. from the University of Nigeria. The Senior category is aimed at readers between 12 and 15 years.
Jenny Robson from Botswana and South Africa won the Junior Category with her story Wha-Zup Dude?. Robson is a music teacher who lives and works in Maun, Botswana, on the edge of the Okavango Delta. This category is aimed at readers between 8 and 11 years.
Finally, Rutendo Chabikwa, from Zimbabwe, was announced the winner of the Rising Writer category for her story Letter from the City. Rutendo Renee Chabikwa started her writing career at a very tender age. Though her short story has brought her honour, her main focus has always been poetry. Submissions from authors below 18 years were automatically considered for this prize.
Read more, of the authors and the summary stories, here.