The Margaret Busby New Daughters of Africa Award

A project by: SOAS University of London

£20,170
pledged of £50,000 target
40%
FUNDED
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SPONSORS
Join Margaret Busby to support a new generation of African female writers & create a lasting legacy

The Margaret Busby New Daughters of Africa Award will be awarded to a black, female African student taking an MA in African Studies, MA Comparative Literature or MA Translation (in African Languages) at SOAS University of London. This award is for a student with a particular interest in African Literature with the aim to support a new generation of African female writers. This scholarship will cover the fees, accommodation and living costs.

The Margaret Busby New Daughters of Africa Award

To recognise the publication of this anthology, SOAS, with the support of Myriad Editions, has set up an award in Margaret Busby’s name. The Margaret Busby New Daughters of Africa Award is an inspirational way to honour her work and her positive influence on the literary world.

All 200 contributors to the anthology have donated their fees to this award in Margaret's name. Thanks to their generosity and the added commitment of International Students House - who will provide accommodation and food vouchers - the value of the fund currently stands at £20,000. Our aim is to build on these funds in order to ensure that the award can be granted not just once but every year. 

Please help us provide this support for more deserving students. Our mission is to support a new generation of African female writers and create a lasting legacy in Margaret’s name and we need your support.

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Margaret Busby OBE is a Ghanaian-born publisher, editor, writer, and broadcaster who was Britain's first black female book publisher, co-founding London-based publishing house Allison and Busby in the 1960s.

It has been 25 years since the publication of Daughters of Africa, Margaret’s landmark anthology. Highly praised at the time, it inspired a new generation of writers, with several, including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith, claiming it was a major influence on their writing careers. In March 2019, Myriad Editions, in conjunction with Margaret Busby, published New Daughters of Africa, a voice for the new generation, bringing together a selection of overlooked artists of the past with fresh and vibrant voices that have emerged from across the globe in the past two decades.