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Following the successful launch of the inaugural Margaret Busby New Daughters of Africa Award in 2020, we are looking to further establish this award for years to come. The award supports 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 covers the fees, accommodation and living costs.
In 2019, to recognise the publication of this anthology, SOAS, with the support of Myriad Editions, 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 donated their fees to support the establishment of the award. Thanks to 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 first award recipient starts at SOAS in autumn 2020, and 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.
"My name is Idza Luhumyo. I am a writer from Kenya and I work as a screenwriter and copywriter in Nairobi. My primary form of artistic expression is literature. As a person who is just venturing out on a career in cultural work in an increasingly connected world, I believe that obtaining an MA in Comparative Literature will build on my interdisciplinary background and allow me to think deeply and critically about the stories around us.
To be able to study at SOAS on a scholarship is nothing short of a gift. I am grateful for the opportunity I will get to study not just at a world-class institution, but also in a city that is famous for being a melting pot of cultures. As I set out on what I hope will be a successful career in cultural work, I will forever remember the Margaret Busby New Daughters of Africa Award for providing me the chance to realise my career ambitions."
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.