2022 Joint Cooper, Elisabeth Burning Ambition: Education, Arson, and Learning Justice in Kenya (University of Wisconsin Press 2022)  
  Joint Falola, Toyin Decolonizing African Knowledge: Autoethnography and African Epistemologies (Cambridge University Press 2022)  
  Special Commendation De Jong, Ferdinand Decolonizing Heritage: Time to Repair in Senegal (Cambridge University Press 2022)  
  Special Commendation Wendland, Claire L. Partial Stories: Maternal Death from Six Angles (University of Chicago Press 2022)  
2021 Joint Iyam, David Uru Shaping tradition: women’s roles in ceremonial rituals of the Agwagune (University of Wisconsin Press 2021)  
  Joint Eczet, Jean-Baptiste Cattle poetics: how aesthetics shapes politics in Mursiland, Ethiopia (Berghahn Books 2021)
  Special Commendation Smith, James H. The eyes of the world: mining the digital age in the eastern DR Congo (University of Chicago Press 2021)
  Special Commendation Müller-Kosack, Gerhard Azaghvana: a fragmentary history of the Dghwede of the Mandara Mountains (Mandaras Publishing 2021)
2020 Joint Basikoro, Eloho Ese Pathologies of Patriarchy: Death, Suffering, Care, and Coping in the Gendered Gaps of HIV/AIDS Interventions in Nigeria (Rowman & Littlefield International 2020)
  Joint Köhler, Florian Space, Place and Identity: Wodaabe of Niger in the 21st Century (Berghahn Books 2020)  
  Special Commendation Lombard, Louisa Hunting Game: Raiding Politics in the Central African Republic (Cambridge University Press 2020)
  Special Commendation Spall, John Manhood, Morality & the Transformation of Angolan Society (Boydell & Brewer Ltd 2020)

2019   Clarke, Kamari Maxine Affective Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Pan-Africanist Pushback (Duke University Press 2019)  
  Special Commendation Dave, Nomi The Revolution’s Echoes: Music, Politics, and Pleasure in Guinea (University of Chicago Press 2019)
  Special Commendation Masquelier, Adeline Fada: Boredom and Belonging in Niger (University of Chicago Press 2019)
2018   Diggins, Jennifer Coastal Sierra Leone: Materiality and the Unseen in Maritime West Africa (Cambridge University Press 2018)  
2017   Hodžić, Sadia The Twilight of Cutting: African Activism and Life after NGOs (University of California Press 2017)
  Special Commendation Haynes, Naomi Moving By The Spirit: Pentecostal Social Life on the Zambian Copperbelt (University oif California Press 2017)
  Special Commendation Smith, Daniel Jordan To Be a Man Is Not a One-Day Job: Masculinity, Money, and Intimacy in Nigeria (University of Chicago Press 2017)
2016   Covington-Ward, Yolanda Gesture and Power: Religion, Nationalism, and Everyday Performance in Congo (Duke University Press 2016)
2015   Adunbi, Omolade  Oil Wealth and Insurgency in Nigeria (Indiana University Press 2015)  
2014  Joint Janson, Marloes Islam, Youth and Modernity in the Gambia: The Tablighi Jama’at (Cambridge University Press 2014)
   Joint Grabska, Katarzyna Gender, Home and Identity: Nuer Repatriation to Southern Sudan (Boydell & Brewer Ltd 2014)
  Special Commendation Brett-Smith, Sarah C. The Silence of the Women: Bamana Mud Cloths (Five Continents Editions 2014)
2013  Joint Neveu Kringelbach, Hélène Dance Circles: Movement, Morality and Self-Fashioning in Urban Senegal (Berghahn Books 2013)  
   Joint McGovern, Mike Unmasking the State: Making Guinea Modern (University of Chicago Press 2013)  
2012   Newell, Sasha The Modernity Bluff: Crime, Consumption, and Citizenship in Côte d’Ivoire (University of Chicago Press 2012)  
2011   Fullwiley, Duana The Enculturated Gene: Sickle Cell Health Politics and Biological Difference in West Africa (Princeton University Press 2011)
2010  Joint Hunter, Mark Love in the Time of AIDS: Inequality, Gender and Rights in South Africa (Indiana University Press 2010)  
   Joint Geissler, Paul Wenzel & Prince, Ruth Jane The Land is Dying: Contingency, Creativity and Conflict in Western Kenya (Berghahn Books 2010)  

2009  Joint Marchand, Trevor H.J. The Masons of Djenné (Indiana University Press 2009)  
   Joint Sarró, Ramon The Politics of Religious Change on the Upper Guinea Coast: Iconoclasm Done and Undone (Edinburgh University Press 2009)  
2008   Holsey, Bayo Routes of Remembrance: Refashioning the Slave Trade in Ghana (University of Chicago Press 2008)  
2007   Pratten, David The Man-Leopard Murders: History and Society in Colonial Nigeria (Edinburgh University Press 2007)  
2006   Englund, Harri Prisoners of Freedom: Human Rights and the African Poor (University of California Press 2006)  
2005  Joint Apter, Andrew The Pan-African Nation: Oil and the Spectacle of Culture in Nigeria (University of Chicago Press 2005)  
   Joint West, Harry G. Kupilikula: Governance and the Invisible Realm in Mozambique (University of Chicago Press 2005)  
2004   Willet, Frank The Art of Ife (University of Glasgow 2004)  
2003  Joint Little, Peter D. Somalia: Economy Without State (James Currey 2003)  
   Joint Reed, Daniel P. Dan Ge Performance: Masks and Music in Contemporary Cote d'Ivoire (Indiana UP 2003)  
2002   Bledsoe, Caroline H. Contingent Lives: Fertility, Time and Ageing in West Africa (University of Chicago Press 2002)  
2001   Royer, Patrick & Saul, Mahir West African Challenge to Empire: Culture and History in the Volta-Bani Anticolonial War (Ohio UP/James Currey 2001)  
2000   Peel, J.D.Y. Religious Encounter and the Making of the Yorua (Indiana UP 2000)  

1999  Joint Piot, Charles Remotely Global: Village Modernity in West Africa (University of Chicago Press 1999)  
   Joint Donham, Don Marxist Modern: An Ethnographic History of the Ethiopian Revolution (University of California Press/James Currey 1999)  
1998   Silla, Eric People are not the Same: Leprosy and Identity in Twentieth-Century Mali (James Currey 1998)
1997   Whyte, Susan R. The Pragmatics of Uncertainty in Eastern Uganda (CUP 1996)  
1996  Joint Fairhead, James & Leach, Melissa Misreading the African Landscape: Society and Ecology in a Forest-Savannah Mosaic (CUP 1996)  
   Joint Hutchinson, Sharon Nuer Dilemmas: Coping with Money, War and the State (Berkeley & London: University of California Press 1996)  
1995   Malkki, L. Purity and Exile: Violence, Memory and National Cosmology among the Hutu Refugees in Tanzania (University of Chicago Press 1995)  
1994  Joint Fadiman, J.A. When we Began there were Witchmen (University of California Press 1994)  
   Joint Johnson, D.H. Nuer Prophets (Clarendon Press 1994)  
1993   Steiner, C. African Art in Transit (CUP 1993)  
1992   Launay, R. Beyond the Stream (Univ. of California Press 1992)  
1991  Joint Barber, Karin I Could Speak about Tomorrow: Oriki Women and the past in a Yoruba Town (Edinburgh University Press 1991)
   Joint Werbner, Richard Tears of the Dead: the Social Biography of an African Family (Edinburgh University Press 1991)
1990     no award made  

1989   Jackson M. Paths Towards a Clearing: Radical Impiricism and Ethnographic Enquiry (Indiana UP 1989)  
1988  Joint Schloss, Marc R. The Hatchetts Blood (University of Arizona Press 1988)  
   Joint James, Wendy The Listening Ebony (Oxford University Press 1988)
1987   Callaway, H. Gender, Culture and Empire: European Women in Colonial Nigeria (St Anthony's/MacMillan)  
1986   Barnes, Sandra A. Patrons and Power  
1985   Buckley, A. Yoruba Medicine  
1984     no award made  
1983   Peel, J.D.Y. Ileshas and Nigerians (CUP 1983)  
1982   Goody, E. Parenthood and Social Reproduction (CUP 1982)  
1981     no award made  
1980     no award made  

1979     no award made  
1978   Shaw, T., Nigeria: Its Archaeology and Early History  
1977   Hill, P. Population, Prosperity and Poverty: Rural Kano 1900-1970  
1976     no award made  
1975   Ottenberg, S. Masked Rituals of Afikpo  
1974   Lloyd, P.C.    
1973     no award made  
1972   Henderson, R.N. The King in Every Man (Yale UP 1972)  
1971   Goody, J.R. Technology, Tradition and the State in Africa (OUP 1971)  
1970   Shaw, T. Igbo Ukwa (Faber 1970)  

1969   Cohen, A. Custom and Politics in Urban Africa (Routledge & KP 1969)  
1968   Ottenberg, S. Double Descent in an African Society (U. Washington Press)  
1967   Lloyd, P.C., Africa in Social Change (Penguin 1967)  
1966   Babola, S.A. The Content and Form of Yoruba Ijala (Clarendon 1966)  
1965   Harris, R. The Political Organization of the Mbembe (HMSO 1965)  
1964     no award made  
1963   Fagg, W.B. Nigerian Images  
1962   Lloyd, P.C. Yoruba Land Law  
1961     no award made  
1960   Smith, M.G. Government in Zazzau: 1880-1950 (OUP 1960)  

1959     no award made