Support African Illustrators of Children's Stories

by Golden Baobab
Nov 30, 2012

Planning Phase & Illustrators' Workshop

Thanks to support from donors like you, the Golden Baobab is in the process of designing the first pan-African prize for illustrators of children's stories. As an organization, we continue to be dedicated to ensuring that children in Africa have access to high quality literary content that reflects their experiences. This project's goal is to discover and nurture the very best illustrators, inspiring them to create excellent works for children. 

In the past three months, Golden Baobab worked on designing the structure for the new illustrators prize - Golden Baobab Illustrators Prize. Key aspects under consideration involved identifying prospective judges, figuring out an efficient way to publicize the call for submissions in non-Anglophone African countries, setting up the judging process and outlining participation guidelines. During this planning period, Golden Baobab organized training activities for the group of Ghanaian illlustrators we already work with. 

On Wednesday, November 28, Golden Baobab organized an illustrators workshop in Accra, facilitated by award-winning American author and illustrator, Paul Zelinsky. The workshop was meant to give a select group of ten illustrators exposure to the work of the renown illustrator and the opportunity to learn from his professional experience. Paul Zelinsky is a recipient of the Caldecott Medal for his illustrated retelling of Rapunzel, and he received Caldecott Honors for his works Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin and Swamp Angel. This was the second illustrators workshop organized by the Golden Baobab in 2012. The first was held in July, co-hosted with IBBY Ghana. Illustrations produced have been exhibited at the Accra National Theatre during the Ghana Book Fair, IBBY International Congress in London, and at Haverford College, Pennsylvania.

During this holiday season, please remember to support Golden Baobab in your giving, as we work towards our $15,000 fundraising target. We welcome your feedback on how we can make this project better. Write to us at

Wishing you a pleasant end of the year!

Demonstrating examples of quality children
Demonstrating examples of quality children's books
After a storytelling session before the workshop
After a storytelling session before the workshop



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Golden Baobab

Location: Accra, Greater Accra - Ghana
Website: http:/​/​
Golden Baobab
Project Leader:
Deborah Ahenkorah
Mishawaka, Indiana United States

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