Nigerian journalist Didi Akinyelure wins BBC World News Komla Dumor Award  


Nigerian journalist Didi Akinyelure has won the second BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.

Akinyelure, a business news anchor with CNBC Africa, will start a three-month placement at BBC in London in September as part of her prize. She has been with CNBC Africa since 2013.

The award, established in honour of Komla Dumor, a presenter for BBC World News, who died aged 41 in 2014, seeks to “celebrate African journalism and reward exceptional talent,” BBC says.

Josephine Hazelet, one of the judges who selected Akinyelure said she particularly excelled in telling business stories “which was an area Komla was also passionate about”

Akinyelure said Dumor was someone she admired. “He told the African story with so much passion for the continent, giving a balanced view and inspiring so many.” The first Komlar Dumor Award was won by Nancy Kacungira, a television anchor for Kenya’s KTN television channel.

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