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The BBC World News Komla Dumor Award

On January 18, 2014, tragically Africa lost one of its greatest and passionate storytellers, Ghana-born BBC News and Focus programme presenter Komla Afeke Dumor. Komla was known for his unprecedented hard work and incomparable dedication to tell the story of Africa. Stylishly, with a commanding presence and resonant bass voice, he was at the forefront presenting Africa’s story with integrity.

In honor and to continue Komla’s legacy, BBC launched The BBC World News Komla Dumor Award. The award looks for “an outstanding individual living and working in Africa, who combines strong journalism skills, on air flair, and an exceptional talent in telling African stories with the ambition and potential to become a star of the future”.

Recently, BBC announced that the first Komla award –selected from nearly 200 applicants– was awarded to KTN news anchor Nancy Kacungira. Nancy is a Ugandan journalist with a background as an entrepreneur, radio and TV reporter and presenter. As part of this award, Nancy will spend three months at the BBC in London and also report from Africa for the BBC TV, radio and online.

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