Laureates of this year’s Golden Baobab Prizes: Xanele Puren, Mary Ononokpono and Portia Dery

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The 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes for Literature and Illustration received nearly 300 submissions from writers and illustrators across Africa. The laureates were announced yesterday:

Portia Dery, from Ghana wins the Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books with her story, Grandma’s List.

Mary Ononokpono, from Nigeria, wins the Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books for her story, Talulah the Time Traveler.

Xanele Puren, from South Africa, wins the inaugural Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators. The Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators is the biggest and most prestigious prize committed to discovering, nurturing and celebrating talented African illustrators of children’s stories.

Deborah Ahenkorah, Executive Director of Golden Baobab;

– We are proud of the contribution we are making to the children’s literature and illustration world and are actively searching for exciting partnerships to expand our reach and impact across Africa. We are seeking major corporate partnerships by our next prize season to further propel our vision of making the heads of children across Africa beautiful places for them to live!
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