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The Noma Award for Publishing in Africa
(French:Le Prix Noma de Publication en Afrique
) is a $10,000 prize for outstanding African writers and scholars who publish in Africa
Africa is the world's second largest and second most populous continent, after Asia. At about 30.2 million km² including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of the Earth's total surface area and 20.4% of the total land area...
. Established in 1979, the award is annual and given to any new book published in three categories: literature, juvenile and scholarly. The award is sponsored by Kodansha
, the largest Japanese publisher, produces the manga magazines Nakayoshi, Afternoon, Evening, and Weekly Shonen Magazine, as well as more literary magazines such as Gunzō, Shūkan Gendai, and the Japanese dictionary Nihongo Daijiten. The company has its headquarters in Bunkyō, Tokyo...
Ltd, Japan and presented under the auspices of UNESCO
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations...
Books are admissible in any of the languages of Africa, both local and European.
- 1980: Une Si Longue Lettre by Mariama Bâ
Mariama Bâ was a Senegalese author and feminist, who wrote in French. Born in Dakar, she was raised a Muslim, but at an early age came to criticise what she perceived as inequalities between the sexes resulting from [African] traditions...
- 1981: Health Education for the Community by Felix C. Adi
- 1982: The Brassman’s Secret by Meshack Asare
Meshack Asare is a popular African children's author. He was born in Ghana and currently resides in Degenfeld, Germany.-Life:Asare studied Fine Arts at the College of Art in Kumasi, and between 1967 and 1979 he was a teacher in Ghana...
- 1983: Criminal Procedure in Ghana by Austin N.E. Amissah
Austin Neeabeohe Evans Amissah was a Ghanaian lawyer, judge and academic.-Life:Amissah was born in Accra, Ghana on 3 October 1930. He studied at Jesus College, Oxford and was called to the bar as a member of Lincoln's Inn in 1955...
- 1984: Mesandiki wa Mau Mau Ithaamirio-in [prison memoirs in Gikuyu] by Gakaara wa Wanjau
Gakaara wa Wanjaũ was born in Nyeri District in 1921 and attended a local primary school in colonial Kenya. He never finished high school and never received tertiary education....
, Fools and other stories by Njabulo Ndebele
Professor Njabulo Simakahle Ndebele , an academic, a literary and a writer of fiction, is the former Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Cape Town.- Life and career :...
- 1985: La Trahison de Marianne by Bernard Nanga
- 1986: Sobreviver em Tarrafal de Santiago [poetry] by António Jacinto
António Jacinto, full name António Jacinto do Amaral Martins, born in Luanda, Angola 28 September 1924, died 23 June 1991 in Lisbon, Portugal, was an Angolan poet.-Biography:...
- 1987: Villes de Côte d’Ivoire, 1893-1940 by Pierre Kipré
- 1988: Working Life. Factoris, Townships, and Popular Culture on the Rand, 1886-1940 by Luli Callinicos
- 1989: Bones by Chenjerai Hove
Chenjerai Hove , is a Zimbabwean poet, novelist and essayist. He was educated at the University of South Africa and the University of Zimbabwe, and has worked as an educator and journalist...
- 1990: Uprooting Poverty: The South African Challenge by Francis Wilson
Francis Wilson may refer to:*Francis H. Wilson , U.S. Representative from New York*Francis Wilson , American actor*Francis Wilson , Australian lichenologist...
& Mamphela Ramphele
Mamphela Aletta Ramphele is a South African academic, businesswoman and medical doctor and was an anti-apartheid activist. She is a current trustee on the board of the Rockefeller Foundation in New York.-Life and career:...
- 1991: Waiting Laughters [poetry] by Niyi Osundare
Niyi Osundare is a prolific poet, dramatist and literary critic. He gained degrees at the University of Ibadan , the University of Leeds and York University, Canada...
- 1992: A comme Algériennes by Souad Khodja; One Day, Long Ago. More Stories from a Shona Childhood by Charles Mungoshi
Charles Lovemore Mungoshi is a writer from Zimbabwe.Mungoshi's works include short stories and novels in both Shona and English. He also writes poetry, but views it as a "mere finger exercise." He has a wide range, including anti-colonial writings and children's books...
, illustrated by Luke Toronga
- 1993: Third World Express by Mongane Wally Serote
Mongane Wally Serote is a South African poet and writer. He was born in Sophiatown, Johannesburg and went to school in Alexandra, Lesotho and Soweto. He first became involved in Black Consciousness when he was finishing high school in Soweto...
- 1994: A Modern Economic History of Africa. Volume 1: The Nineteenth Century (Dakar: CODESRIA, 1993)
- 1995: Triomf by Marlene van Niekerk
Marlene van Niekerk is a South African author who is best known for her novel Triomf. Her graphic and controversial descriptions of a poor Afrikaner family in Johannesburg brought her to the forefront of a post-apartheid society, still struggling to come to terms with all the changes in South...
- 1996: Destins paralleles by Kitia Toure
- 1997: Mfantsipim and the Making of Ghana: A Centenary History, 1876-1976 by A. Adu Boahen
- 1998: The Politics of Liberation in South Sudan: An Insider's View by Peter Adwok Nyaba
- 1999: L'interpretation des reves dans la region Senegambienne. Suivi de la clef des songes de la Senegambie de l'Egypte pharaonique et de la tradition islamique by Djibril Samb.
- 2000: Ufundishaji wa Fasihi: Nadharia na Mbinu by Kimani Njogu & Rocha Chimera
Rocha Chimera is a Kenyan writer. He received the Noma Award in 2000 for Ufundishaji wa Fasihi: Nadharia na Mbinu. Chimera holds a B.Ed. and M.A. from Kenyatta University, and a Ph.D. from Ohio University. He is Professor of Swahili and former chair of the Dept. of Languages and Linguistics at...
- 2001: Odun Ifa/Ifa Festival by Abosede Emanuel
- 2002: The Arabic Novel: Bibliography and Critical Introduction, 1865-1995 by Hamdi Sakkut
- 2003: Walter and Albertina Sisulu. In Our Lifetime by Elinor Sisulu
- 2004: In 2004 the jury decided not to select a winner, but did give four titles Honourable Mention:
- The Cry of Winnie Mandela by Njabulo Ndebele
- The Plays of Miracle and Wonder by Brett Bailey
Brett Bailey is a playwright, designer, play director, festival curator and the artistic director of the group . He is the curator of South Africa’s only public arts festival, Infecting the City, in Cape Town, South Africa...
- Lanre and the Queen of the Stream by Tunde Lawal-Solarin
- A Dictionary of Yoruba Personal Names by Adeboye Babalola & Olugboyega Alaba
- 2005: La mémoire amputée by Werewere Liking
Werewere Liking is a writer, playwright and performer based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. She established the Ki-Yi Mbock theatre troupe in 1980 and founded the Ki-Yi village in 1985 for the artistic education of young people....
- 2006: In a Ribbon of Rhythm by Lebogang Mashile
- 2007: Strife by Shimmer Chinodya
Shimmer Chinodya is an Zimbabwean novelist.He studied at Mambo Primary School.He was expelled from Goromonzi after demonstrating against Ian Smith's government....
- 2008: Beginnings of a Dream by Zachariah Rapola
- 2009: Lawless and Other Stories by Sefi Atta
Sefi Atta was born in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1964, to a family of five children. Her father Abdul-Aziz Atta was the Secretary to Federal Government and Head of the Civil Service until his death in 1972, and she was raised by her mother Iyabo Atta....