African Author Prize
The African Author Prize is awarded for the best article published in the journal by an author based in an African institution, or an African Ph.D student based in an overseas university. The prize is in recognition of excellent African scholarship, which often does not reach audiences outside the African continent. To the extent possible, the prize committee will prioritize scholars at the beginning of their career.
The prize will be awarded every second year, for the best article published in the previous two year period. Thus, the first winning article was chosen from those articles published in the calendar years 2008-2009, and was conferred at the ASAUK conference in 2010. The awarding committee included Richard Dowden (Director of Royal African Society), Meghan Vaughan [President of The African Studies Association of the United Kingdom (ASAUK)], Nicoli Nattrass (Member of the Editorial Board), and the editors of African Affairs.
The winner received a cash prize of £500, one year's free subscription to African Affairs, an economy airfare to London, and £500 for expenses to attend the ASAUK Conference in Oxford. The runner-up received one year's free subscription to the journal.
This prize was awarded at the ASAUK 2014 Conference.
The 2012-2013 African Author Prize was awarded to Peace Medie, pictured on the right, for the article Fighting gender-based violence: The women's movement and the enforcement of rape law in Liberia. Read the article for free here.
The 2012-2013 African Author Prize runner-up was Euclides Gonçalves for Orientações superiores: Time and bureaucratic authority in Mozambique. Read the article for free here.
Previous Prize Winning Articles
Prize winning articles from previous years are also available freely online.
The 2008-2009 African Author Prize was awarded to George M. Bob-Milliar for the article Chieftaincy, Diaspora, and Development: The Institution of Nkusuohene in Ghana. Read the article for free here.
The 2008-2009 African Author Prize runner-up was Lephophotho Mashike for Age of Despair: the Unintegrated Forces of South Africa. Read the article for free here.
The 2010-2011 African Author Prize was awarded to Samson A. Bezabeh for the article Citizenship and the Logic of Sovereignty in Djibouti. Read the article for free here.
The 2010-2011 African Author Prize runner-up was J. Shola Omotola for Elections and democratic transition in Nigeria under the Fourth Republic. Read the article for free here.
The next African Author Prize will be awarded at the ASAUK 2016 Conference. Check back in September 2016 for the 2014-2015 winner and runner-up.
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