#PULSEOPINION: Who replaces Komla Dumor at BBC?


Fives years on, after the demise of BBC’s World News Presenter, Komla Dumor. The Komla Dumor Awards which was established to honour his sudden death in 2014, seeks to find a rising star of African Journalism for the BBC.

Applications are opened to promising candidates with great journalistic skills across the African continent. Applicants must possess an on-air flair, an enthusiastic approach towards African storytelling and must live and work in Africa. The deadline for application is on 26 February 2019 at 23:59 GMT.

The winner for this year’s edition of the awards will spend three months with the BBC in London for training and experience. After which he will come back to Africa to report on a story to be broadcast across the African Continent and the world.

This year’s Komla Dumor Awards will be launched at  Lagos in Nigeria. In an address ahead of the  the launch, Jamie Angus, Director for the BBC World Service Group said, ” In an era where impartial and factual journalism has never mattered more, it is important that we look to the journalists who know, understand and can contextualize African stories for global audience so that  we offer a full picture of what is happening across the continent.”

The event will be graced by previous awards winners Didi Akinyelure from Nigeria, Amina Yuguda from Nigeria and Waihiga Mwaura from Kenya.

Jamie Angus also added that the BBC is pleased to be continuing Komla’s legacy and is looking forward to finding another outstanding journalist from the continent.