BBC News launches the 2023 Komla Dumor award in celebration of journalistic talent in Africa

The BBC has begun its search for the next winner of the BBC News Komla Dumor Award.

Komla Dumor

The award will be launched at an event in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and hosted by the BBC’s Salim Kikeke. The 2022 Komla Dumor award winner Dingindaba Jonah Buyoya will host a discussion for the BBC World Service program Focus on Africa, on the impact of climate change in Kenya and Tanzania.

Journalists are encouraged to apply for the prestigious prize, which seeks to promote and celebrate outstanding journalistic talent living and working in Africa, and reporting in English.

As part of the award, the winner will spend three months working in the BBC with news teams in London across television, radio and online. They will be given the opportunity to further develop their journalism skills through training, workshops and mentoring with leading BBC journalists. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to travel to a country in Africa to report on a story that they generate and research, which will be broadcast to the BBC’s global audience.

Applications close 14th February 2023 at 23:59 GMT.

Judges on this year’s panel include:

Ferial Haffajee, Associate Editor for Daily Maverick and former Editor-in-chief of The Mail&Guardian and City Press.

Juliet Njeri, Head of BBC Africa

Paul Danahar, Foreign Editor, BBC News

Launched in 2015, the prize was created to honor the memory of the distinguished Ghanaian broadcaster Komla Dumor, who presented on BBC Africa and BBC World News. Known for championing robust, dynamic journalism and for his commitment to reporting African stories comprehensively and authentically, he made a significant impact on Africa and the rest of the world.

The BBC is committed to continuing Komla’s legacy through the award by empowering journalists from Africa to tell original and nuanced African stories to reach international audiences.

Previous BBC World News Komla Dumor Award winners are:

Dingindaba Jonah Buyoya (2022)

Victoria Rubadiri (2020)

Solomon Servanya (2019)

Waihiga Mwaura (2018)

Amina Yuguda (2017)

Didi Akinyelure (2016)

Nancy Kacungira (2015)

During his placement, current award winner Dingindaba Jonah Buyoya traveled to the Seychelles to report on how the country’s ocean plants can help tackle climate change. Presently a TV host and reporter for Diamond Television in Zambia, the 25-year-old Zambian presenter was the youngest recipient of the Komla Dumor award, and the first winner from Southern Africa.

Dingindaba says: “Komla Dumor was an inspiration to me, so to win the award and take part in his legacy has been an honor. I encourage African journalists to apply for the awards, it’s an incredible way to learn and further develop skills needed to tell even more ground-breaking stories in Africa.”

Liliane Landor, Senior Controller of BBC News International Services and Director of the BBC World Service, says: “We are proud to launch the 2023 BBC News Komla Dumor Award. The award and our previous winners are a fitting testament to Komla’s dedication to telling African stories with depth and integrity. I am looking forward to welcoming this year’s winner and I strongly encourage journalists from across Africa to apply.”

For more information about the award, including how to apply, entry criteria, and terms and conditions visit:

About Komla Dumor:

Komla Dumor was a highly acclaimed journalist who presented Focus on Africa on BBC World News, as well as being one of the lead presenters for World News’ European morning segment. To the great shock and sadness of the BBC and its audience around the world, Komla died suddenly in January 2014.

Komla Dumor was the presenter of Focus on Africa, the BBC’s first-ever dedicated daily TV news program in English for African audiences, broadcast on BBC World News. Komla was also one of the lead presenters for BBC World News’ European morning segment. Komla joined the BBC in 2007 after a decade of broadcast journalism in his native Ghana where he won the Ghana Journalist of the Year award.

Between 2007 and 2009 he hosted Network Africa for BBC World Service, before joining The World Today programme. In 2009 Komla became the first host of the African business news program on BBC World News, Africa Business Report. Komla traveled across Africa, meeting Africa’s top entrepreneurs and reporting on the latest business trends around the continent. He interviewed a number of high-profile guests including Bill Gates and Kofi Annan. He anchored live coverage of major events including the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the funeral of Kim Jong Il, the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, the Norway shootings and the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. In 2013 Komla featured in New African magazine’s list of the 100 most influential Africans.

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