Second edition of Komla Dumor award launched

Second edition of Komla Dumor award launched

- The BBC has launched the second edition of the Komla Dumor award

- The award is to honour the memory of the late broadcaster who died in 2014

- Last year a television anchor from Kenya won the first edition

- The winner for this year would work with the BBC for three months

Second edition of Komla Dumor award launched

Komla dumor

The BBC has launched the second edition of the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.

The award which is the name of the iconic Ghanaian BBC journalist is aimed at honouring the memory of Komla Dumor, a presenter for BBC World News, who died suddenly at age 41 in 2014. It is also to promote and keep Komla’s legacy of telling the African story.

The BBC's World Service Group and deputy director of News and Current Affairs Fran Unsworth in an interview on the institution of the award said: "Komla was a much-loved and respected journalist - not only with his colleagues but also with aspiring journalists and audiences across the world.

He further commended Komla’s   storytelling and his infectious enthusiasm at his job, adding that these made him one of Africa's leading journalists.

"At the BBC, we are committed to continuing Komla's dedication to this continent by launching this award for the second year running. We are searching for a rising star who displays exceptional talent, someone who embodies the spirit of Komla."

The person who would emerge as winner of the competition  is expected to be seen as the future star of African Journalism  for this year  and will work with teams across BBC News in London for three months.

Instituted last year, Ms Nancy Kacungira, a television anchor for Kenya's KTN television channel, emerged winner over 200 applicants with Ghana’s Paa Kwesi Asare emerging second.


In an interview with the BBC, Ms Kacungira disclosed that emerging winner of the award last year, gave her the support to tell her story in the way she felt it should be told as a journalist from the continent.  She added that  she felt good listening to her story from Africa being aired, listened and viewed  on a big platform like the BBC TV, radio and online

Komla Dumor was an exceptional Ghanaian broadcaster who in his short life made an extraordinary impact in Ghana, in Africa and around the world. He represented a confident, savvy and entrepreneurial side of Africa.

Through his tenacious journalism and compelling storytelling, Komla worked tirelessly to bring a more nuanced African narrative to the world.

This year’s applications will be closed on 23 March 2016 at 23:59 GMT.


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