Toyin Falola Africa Book Award

The Toyin Falola Africa Book Award, named in honor of historian Toyin Falola, is awarded at the annual conference to the author of the best book on Africa published during the preceding year. The award is open to members and non-members of the association. The award recipient will receive a plaque and a cash prize, generously funded by Falola. Only monographs and similar original studies will be considered. Please do not submit anthologies or edited works. To be considered for the award, please send a cover letter and three copies of the book to the committee chair as soon as the book is published, but no later than 1 June the year following the book’s publication.  Thus, books published in 2020 must be sent to the committee chair by 1 June 2021.

Award Committee (2021 – 2026)

Committee Chair – José de Arimatéia da Cruz — Department of Political Science and International StudiesGeorgia Southern University Savannah, GA 31419-1997 —

Committee Member – James T. Gire

Committee Member – Ishmael Munene

Previous Award Winners

2006 – Adam Ashforth, Witchcraft, Violence, and Democracy in South Africa

2007 – Assefaw Bariagaber, Conflict and the Refugee Experience: Flight, Exile, and Repatriation in the Horn of Africa

2008 – Ogbu Kalu, African Pentecostalism: An Introduction and Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, Healing Our Differences: The Crisis of Global Health and the Politics Of Identity

2009 – Bayo Holsey, Routes of Remembrance: Refashioning the Slave Trade in Ghana

2010 – Patrick Manning, The African Diaspora: A History through Culture

2011 – Richard Beltrop, Darfur and the International Community: The Challenges of Conflict Resolution in the Sudan

2012 – Raymond Jonas, The Battle of Adwa: African Victory in the Age of Empire

2013 – Zubairu Wai, Epistemologies of African Conflicts: Violence, Evolutionism, and the War in Sierra Leone

2014 – Cati Coe, The Scattered Family: Parenting, African Migrants, and Global Inequality

2015  — Timothy Raeymaekers, Violent Capitalism and Hybrid Identity in the Eastern Congo: Power to the Margins

2016 — Mohamed Zayani, Networked Publics and Digital Contention

2017 —

2018 —

2019 – Rosalind C. Fredericks, Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal

2020 — not awarded


2021 —