Nigeria's Didi Akinyelure wins BBC World News Komla Dumor Award

Jul 20, 2016 12:01 IST

Didi AkinyelureNigerian journalist Didi Akinyelure on 19 July 2016 won the BBC World Service News Komla Dumor Award for 2016.

Akinyelure is the second recipient of the award, which was established to honour Ghanaian BBC World News presenter Komla Dumor.

The Award aims to celebrate African journalism and reward exceptional talent.

Ugandan news anchor Nancy Kacungira was the winner of the first BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.

Who is Didi Akinyelure?

Akinyelure is a prime-time news anchor in Nigeria.

She presents business news for CNBC, which broadcasts across the continent.

She has been on the CNBC Africa team since 2013.

Prior to that, she worked in the asset management finance sector in Nigeria and in the UK.

As part of her award prize, she will start a three-month placement at the BBC in London in September 2016.

Who was Komla Dumor?

Komla Afeke Dumor was a Ghanaian journalist who worked for BBC World News.

He was the main presenter of BBC World News’ programme Focus on Africa.

He started as the morning show host for Joy FM in Accra, Ghana.

He was the 2003 winner of Journalist of the Year award given by the Ghana Journalists Association.

In 2006, he joined the BBC African Service in London as host of the radio programme Network Africa.

From 2008 to 2012, he presented The World Today on the BBC World Service.

In December 2013, he was named as one of the 100 most influential Africans of 2013 by New African magazine.

At the time of his death, he was the only West African news reader on BBC World News.

He died on 18 January 2014 in his London home after a cardiac arrest, having been on air the day before.

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