Aidoo-Snyder Book Award

The Aidoo-Snyder book prize is awarded by the Women’s Caucus of the African Studies Association for an outstanding book that prioritizes African women’s experiences. Named in honor of Ama Ata Aidoo, the celebrated Ghanaian novelist and short story writer, and Margaret Snyder, the founding Director of UNIFEM, this $500 prize seeks to acknowledge the excellence of contemporary scholarship being produced by women about African women. In alternate years, the prize is awarded for the best scholarly book, or for the best creative work.

Annual Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize

The Aidoo-Snyder book prize will be given for the best creative work written by a woman (or women) that prioritize African women’s experience. To this end, the committee invites nominations of novels, plays, short stories, and poetry from publishers or authors. Collections of stories by one author are eligible, but not anthologies containing work by different authors. Self-published books are not eligible, and entries may only be submitted for consideration once. The prize is open to authors who have published books in English and English translation with a copyright date either one or two years prior to the year of the Annual Meeting. Nominations must significantly deal with Africa (including Cape Verde, and the Islands off the West Coast of Africa; Madagascar; and the Indian Ocean Islands of the East African Coast).

Please visit the ASA Women’s Caucus webpage for more information about how to nominate a publication.

All nominations must be postmarked on or before June 30 in the year that the Annual Meeting is held. The winner will be notified in mid-September and included in the program.

Aidoo-Snyder Book Award Winners 2005-2017

2017, best scholarly book, Carina Ray, Crossing the Color Line: Race, Sex, and the Contested Politics of Colonialism in Ghana (Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2015).

2016, best creative book, Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016).

2015, best scholarly book, Abosede George, Making Modern Girls: A history of girlhood, labor, and social development in 20th century Lagos (Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2014).

2014, best creative work, Reneilwe Malatji, Love Interrupted (Modaji Books, 2012).

2013, best scholarly book, Nwando Achebe, The Female King of Colonial Nigeria: Ahebi Ugbabe (Bloomington, Indiana:  Indiana University Press, 2011).

2012, best scholarly book, Adeline Masquelier, Women and Islamic Revival in a West African Town (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2009).

2011, best creative work, Unoma Azuah, Length of Light: A Collection of Short Stories (2008), Sky-High Flames: A Novel (2005), and Edible Bones (December 2011).

2010, best creative work, Aminatta Forna, Ancestor Stones (2006)

2009, best scholarly book, Tuulikki Pietila, Gossip, Markets, and Gender: How Dialogue Constructs Moral Value in Post-Socialist Kilimanjaro, (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2007).

2008, best creative work, Ama Ata Aidoo, African Love Stories: An Anthology (2007)

2007, best scholarly book, Grace Bantebya-Kyomuhendo and Marjorie Keniston McIntosh, Women, Work, and Domestic Virtue in Uganda, 1900-2003 (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2006).

2006, best creative work, Yvonne Vera, The Stone Virgins (2002).

2005, best scholarly book, Heidi J. Nast, Concubines and Power:  Five hundred Years in a Northern Nigerian Palace (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2005).

The Women’s Caucus features a luncheon and lecture at the ASA Annual Meeting. Information on past Women’s Caucus Speakers is available.

You can find more information about the Women’s Caucus on their website.