The Golden Baobab prize is meant to encourage African literary content by African writers and illustrators for African children. The winners of the Golden Prize 2013 were announced on the 13th November and included writers and illustrators from South Africa. The winners were;
- Picture Books – Liza Esterhuyse (South Africa) for The Little Hippo.
- Early Chapter Books – Karen Hurt (South Africa) for What’s Going on at 179 Jabulani Street?
- Rising Writers – Kanengo Rebecca Diallo (Tanzania) for Pieces of Africa.
Rising Writers is given to a young writer who is 18 years and below who shows exceptional literary promise.
The prize shortlist initially had Kenyan Carol Gachiengo in the Picture book category for Grandma Mimo’s Breakfast but unfortunately the prize went to South African Liza.