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Komla Dumor BBC Award 2024 launched

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Komla Dumor

The deadline for applications for the Komla Dumor Award is set for March 15, 2023, closing at 23:59 GMT. 

The award was established to honour the late Komla Dumor, an exceptional Ghanaian broadcaster and presenter for BBC World News, who passed away at the age of 41, a decade ago. 

Komla Dumor's widow, Kwansema Dumor, expressed pride in her husband's impact at the BBC and gratitude to the BBC for remembering him through the prize.

The BBC aims to promote and celebrate outstanding journalistic talent living and working on the African continent.

The successful candidate, in addition to receiving training, will have the opportunity to travel to a country in Africa to report on a researched story, with the report broadcast to the BBC’s global audiences.

Komla Dumor, known for championing robust, dynamic journalism and for his commitment to reporting African stories comprehensively and authentically, made a significant impact on Africa and the world. 

The BBC has indicated dedication to continuing his legacy by empowering journalists from Africa to tell original and nuanced African stories for international audiences.

Paa Kwesi Asare, a Ghanaian news anchor, was the previous year's winner. 

During his placement, he travelled to Kenya to report on the initiative to transition the country's "boda boda" motorbike taxis to use electricity instead of petrol or diesel.

Liliane Landor, senior controller of BBC News International Services, emphasised the BBC's commitment to celebrating Africa's journalistic excellence through the award established in Komla Dumor's name.

Dumor, the presenter of Focus on Africa, the BBC’s first-ever dedicated daily TV news programme in English for African audiences, was also one of the lead presenters for BBC World News’ European morning segment. He joined the BBC in 2007 after a decade of broadcast journalism in his country.

Source: Mensah