2017 CABA Winner Profiles


Gizo-Gizo! A Tale From the Zongo Lagoon

Emily Williamson grew up in Hanover, NH. She is an Anthropology PhD student at Boston University, a cultural heritage consultant, and has taught landscape architecture at Rhode Island School of Design. Her current research focuses on the processes of spatial marginalization of the Zongo, a network of Islamic settlements in Ghana, West Africa. In her MIT thesis, she asked what historical factors have shaped these urban and architectural transformations in the urban context of Cape Coast. Emily holds a Masters of Science in Architectural Studies from MIT, a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia, and an undergraduate degree in Education and Art from Colby College.

The Storyteller

Evan Turk is an author, illustrator, and animator working in New York City. Evan is originally from Colorado and loves traveling and learning about other cultures through drawing. He is a graduate of Parsons and continues his studies as a member of Dalvero Academy. He is the author and illustrator of The Storyteller. An Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor winner, he is the illustrator of the award-winning book Grandfather Gandh, its companion Be the Change, and

Amagama Enkululeko! Words for Freedom: Writing Life Under Apartheid

Equal Education is a movement of learners, parents, teachers and community members working for quality and equality in South African education, through analysis and activism.


Adwoe Badoe trained as a physician in her native Ghana but has evolved quite naturally into an African Griot. and lives currently in Guelph Ontario. She is an author, storyteller, educator and African Dance Instructor. 

The Bitter Side of Sweet

Tara Sullivan


The World Beneath

Janice Warman is a South African–born journalist whose career spans the Observer, the Guardian, the Spectator, the Daily Mail, and the BBC. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Sussex University. In addition to The World Beneath, she has published two nonfiction books for adults, including The Class of ’79, about three students who risked their lives to help abolish apartheid. She lives in England.