Noma Award for Publishing in Africa

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The Noma Award for Publishing in Africa (French:Le Prix Noma de Publication en Afrique), which ran from 1980 to 2009, was an annual $10,000 prize for outstanding African writers and scholars who published in Africa. Within four years of its establishment, the prize "had become the major book award in Africa".[1] It was one of the series of Noma Prizes.

The prize was established in 1979 by Shoichi Noma (died 1984), president of Kodansha Ltd, the largest publishing house in Japan, to encourage the publication of works by African authors.[2] The award was annual and given to any new book published in three categories: literature, juvenile and scholarly. The award was sponsored by Kodansha Ltd, administered by the quarterly African Book Publishing Record,[3] and presented under the auspices of UNESCO. Books were admissible in any of the languages of Africa, whether local or European. The award was ended in 2009 after the Noma family ceased its sponsorship.[4]


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  1. ^ Meena Khorana, ed. (1998). "Award-winning Children's Books: The Noma Selections, 1980–1994". Critical Perspectives on Postcolonial African Children's and Young Adult Literature. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 27–44. ISBN 978-0-313-29864-6. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  2. ^ Oyekan Owomoyela, ed. (2008). The Columbia Guide to West African Literature in English Since 1945. Columbia University Press. p. 132. ISBN 978-0-231-12686-1. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  3. ^ Philip Altbach, ed. (1996). International Book Publishing: An Encyclopedia. Taylor & Francis. p. 370. ISBN 978-1-884964-16-9. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  4. ^ "The Noma Award for Publishing in Africa". Noma Award. 2009. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  5. ^ "A Profile of Ravan Press: 1984 Noma Award Winner", The African Book Publishing Record, Vol. 14, Issue 4, January 1988, p. 231. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  6. ^ Mots Pluriels: acceptance speech
  7. ^ Ben (1 November 2009). "Nigerian Sefi Atta Wins the 2009 Noma Award". Books Live. Retrieved 13 February 2014.