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)
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 Janson, Marloes Islam, Youth and Modernity in the Gambia: The Tablighi Jama’at (Cambridge University Press 2014)
  Grabska, Katarzyna Gender, Home and Identity: Nuer Repatriation to Southern Sudan (Boydell & Brewer Ltd 2014)
2013 Neveu Kringelbach, Hélène Dance Circles: Movement, Morality and Self-Fashioning in Urban Senegal (Berghahn Books 2013)  
  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 Hunter, Mark Love in the Time of AIDS: Inequality, Gender and Rights in South Africa (Indiana University Press 2010)  
  Geissler, Paul Wenzel & Prince, Ruth Jane The Land is Dying: Contingency, Creativity and Conflict in Western Kenya (Berghahn Books 2010)  

2009 Marchand, Trevor H.J. The Masons of Djenné (Indiana University Press 2009)  
  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 Apter, Andrew The Pan-African Nation: Oil and the Spectacle of Culture in Nigeria (University of Chicago Press 2005)  
  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 Little, Peter D. Somalia: Economy Without State (James Currey 2003)  
  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 Piot, Charles Remotely Global: Village Modernity in West Africa (University of Chicago Press 1999)  
  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  
1997 Whyte, Susan R. The Pragmatics of Uncertainty in Eastern Uganda (CUP 1996)  
1996 Fairhead, James & Leach, Melissa Misreading the African Landscape: Society and Ecology in a Forest-Savannah Mosaic (CUP 1996)  
  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 Fadiman, J.A. When we Began there were Witchmen (Univ. of California Press 1993) 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 Barber, K., I Could Speak about Tomorrow: Oriki Women and the past in a Yoruba Town Werbner, R., Tears of the Dead: the Social Biography of an African Family  
1990   no award made  

1989 Jackson M. Paths Towards a Clearing: Radical Impiricism and Ethnographic Enquiry (Indiana UP 1989)  
1988 Schloss, M.R. The Hatchetts Blood James, W., The Listening Ebony  
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