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Kenya’s Victoria Rubadiri wins 2020 Komla Dumor Award

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Komla Dumor Award

Victoria Rubadiri wins Komla Dumor Award

Citizen TV news anchor Victoria Rubadiri is the 2020 BBC World News Komla Dumor Award winner.

Rubadiri is the sixth winner of the award and will be on a three-month placement at the BBC, at the station’s academy.

Afterwards, the anchor will be joining BBC News teams across TV, radio and online, where she will learn skills and gain experience.

“I am excited at the prospect of learning new skills at the BBC to be able to connect with audiences locally, regionally and internationally, no matter on which platform the story is being told,” Rubadiri stated in an interview with the BBC.

Director of BBC World Service Group, Jamie Angus, indicated that judges were impressed by Rubadiri’s eloquence and passion for telling African stories.

“We are delighted to have Victoria on board to bring her insights and passion to the BBC,” he stated.

The award was created to honour Komla Dumor, a BBC presenter who died aged 41 in 2014.

“Komla had the incredible ability to give stories from the continent global resonance, and also deliver it with familiarity and understanding. We’re looking forward to seeing Victoria embody that by bringing her perspectives to life,” Angus added.

Rubadiri becomes the second Kenyan to win the award.

In 2018, her colleague Waihiga Mwaura triumphed over other journalists from around Africa to emerge the first male journalist to clinch the Award.

The award was last year won by Uganda’s youthful and investigative journalist Solomon Sserwanja. Sserwanja is a new anchor with Uganda’s NBS Television.

About the award

The Komla Dumor Award is a journalism award launched by the BBC in 2015 in honour of the legacy of Ghanaian journalist Komla Dumor who worked for BBC World News and was the main presenter of its programme Focus on Africa.

The Award focuses on outstanding individuals living and working in Africa, with strong journalism skills, on-air flair, and an exceptional talent in telling African stories

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