The BBC World News has launched the BBC World News Komla DumorAward to seek out a future star of African journalism. For the second year running, the award honours presenter Komla Dumor, who passed away two years ago, aged 41.
Komla Dumor was an exceptional Ghanaian broadcaster who in his short life made an extraordinary impact in Ghana, Africa and across the world on Joy FM and at the BBC. Through his tenacious journalism and compelling storytelling, he worked tirelessly to bring a more sophisticated African narrative to the world. The BBC is committed to continuing Komla’s legacy.
Following the success of last year’s award, and winner Nancy Kacungira of KTN in Kenya spending three months gaining skills and experience at the BBC headquarters in New Broadcasting House in London, BBC World News continues to invest in finding young talent from Africa to tell African stories to global audiences.
Nancy Kacungira said: “It felt really good to be able to tell a story from Africa on such a big platform – my stories were seen and heard on BBC TV, Radio and Online. My own values on reporting about the continent – nuance, balance, and authenticity – were a good match for the BBC’s commitment to getting the story right from wherever they report from in the world. I felt supported as a journalist from the continent, to tell the story I wanted to tell in the way that I felt it should be told.”
Now open for applications, entrants have until 23rd March 2016 to submit. The winner will be awarded the opportunity to gain skills and experience, working with teams across BBC News during a three month placement in London. For more information on how to apply, entry criteria, and terms and conditions visit
bbc.com/komladumor and use hashtag #BBCKomlaAward.