Meet the 2008 winners
Risenga Makondo, South Africa
Risenga, who comes from Venda in the north east of South Africa, is himself a Chelsea fan.
He told the BBC that he was inspired by how football brings people together. "A teacher, a doctor, a churchman and a thief can all sit and watch football and will all jump up at the same time. Football is a place where everyone is equal."
Asked why he chose Dear Mr Lampard to win, Judge Shimmer Chinodya told the BBC:
"The characters are very engaging, they are very touching. The play read very well and came across as a very credible story - the back drop of this play is very contemporary.
"You have Zimbabwe in the throes of economic problems with young people looking to South Africa and looking to Britain for salvation. I immediately felt, yes, this play is number one."
Fortune, the young hero of Dear Mr Lampard, ends up undertaking the dangerous journey across the Limpopo River to South Africa in an attempt to fulfil his dreams of meeting his idol, Frank Lampard.
Listen to Meet the winner (23 mins)
Tawanda Mutero Kanengoni, Zimbabwe
In second place was "A Home for Tai" by Zimbabwean Tawanda Mutero Kanengoni.
The play highlights the the pressure women feel to produce children, and the lengths people will go to to concieve.
It features a young woman fighting to keep her husband and family as she struggles to fall pregnant.
Infertility was a subject tackled by many entrants to this year's play writing competition, suggesting that this is a devastating issue for many couples around the continent.
Benjamin Kent, Ghana
Joint third place went to "Funeral Bells" by Benjamin Kent from Ghana which takes a wry look at the central role funerals play in African society.
Benjamin is a student filmmaker, and has also examined Ghanian attitudes through film. You can watch his short documentary "Close Strangers" at blackpublicmedia.org. (The BBC is not responsible for external sites.)
Mirirai Moyo, Zimbabwe
Judge Shimmer Chinodya awarded the other Special Commendation to "Belonging" by Zimbabwean Mirirai Moyo.
He said of "Belonging" that it was probably the most original and inventive of all the plays he read.
The play explores issues of identity and asks whether it possible for us to transcend the limitations of our culture, class, ethnicity - or species.
The heroine of the play is a bright young chicken, and her soulmate is, believe it or not, a hyena.
Olusanya Kolawole Oluwaseyi, Nigeria
"Dangerous Voyage" by Olusanya Kolawole Oluwaseyi shared third place. It tells the tale of four West Africans who risk their lives in a fishing boat hoping to start a new life in the Canary Islands.
Olusanya entered "Dangerous Voyage" in last year's competition. He won a special nomination. Last year's judge, Olusola Oyeleye, suggested he reworked the play and re-enter it.
Jide Afolayan, Nigera
"Power Failure" sees a citizen of Lagos so frustrated by power outages and fuel scarcities that he chucks in his job and moves to the village.
The play addresses real problems which listeners all over Africa will empathise with as well as exploiting the comic potential of its subject matter to the full.
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