NIGERIAN JOURNALIST WINS BBC KOMLA DUMOR AWARD

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Amina Yuguda...Komla Dumor Award winner

AMINA Yuguda, a Nigerian journalist, has won the third BBC World News Komla Dumor Award which comes with a three-month placement at the BBC in London.

Yuguda who works as a news presenter on Gotel Television in north-eastern Nigeria has reported on high-profile news stories, including the Boko Haram insurgency.

A report on the BBC website said Yuguda, who will be mentored and trained by BBC experts during her placement, had been picked as winner because she had impressed the panel with her ability to convey complex ideas in a way that resonates with a wide audience.

Reacting to the news of her award Yuguda said: “I was overwhelmed with joy. Storytellers have always had an important role in Africa… this is what defines us. Today journalists are taking on that responsibility.”

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

BBC World Service Group Director Francesca Unsworth said Ms Yuguda was a worthy winner:

“To find someone who possesses many of Komla’s qualities is something for us to celebrate, and we are very excited about working with Amina.”

Previous winners of the Komla Dumor Award were Ugandan news anchor Nancy Kacungira and Nigerian business journalist Didi Akinyelure.

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