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BBC Komla Dumor Award 2023 launched

BBC launches 2023 Komla Dumor Award: Calling for Applicants.

BBC launches 2023 Komla Dumor Award: Calling for Applicants.

The BBC has announced the launch of the 2023 Komla Dumor Award, an exciting new award to recognise the achievements of outstanding African journalists.

Named in honour of the Ghanaian broadcaster Komla Dumor, the award will provide a platform for aspiring African journalists to develop their career and make an impact on the African media landscape. Applications are now open for this prestigious award, and the BBC is calling for applicants from across Africa to apply.

The award

The BBC has announced the launch of the 2023 Komla Dumor Award, a prestigious annual prize recognizing outstanding journalists from Africa. Named in honor of the late Ghanaian journalist, Komla Dumor, the award celebrates the best in African journalism and serves to further his legacy.

The winner of the award will be presented with a prize and the opportunity to spend three months at the BBC’s headquarters in London.

The award was created to celebrate the life and work of Komla Dumor, who was one of the most recognizable faces of African journalism. He was an influential voice in Africa, known for his ability to bring important stories from Africa to a global audience.

As well as presenting BBC programs such as Focus on Africa and World News Today, he was committed to making sure that Africans were seen and heard on a global platform.

The 2023 Komla Dumor Award is an excellent way to recognize African journalists and media professionals who are making an impact in their communities, and also serves to perpetuate Komla Dumor’s legacy.

The criteria

To be eligible for the BBC’s 2023 Komla Dumor Award, applicants must:
-Be aged between 18 and 35 at the time of application.
-Be a citizen or permanent resident of a sub-Saharan African country
-Have at least five years’ experience as a professional journalist.
-Be able to demonstrate a commitment to the values of truth and fairness in their reporting.
-Demonstrate a clear vision for how they would use the fellowship to develop their career and benefit their home country.
-Demonstrate a strong track record of producing high-quality journalism that seeks to broaden understanding of African stories.
-Be available to take up the fellowship from January 2023.
The award also considers applications from individuals who are not professionally trained but have a track record in storytelling through media and can demonstrate a commitment to accuracy in reporting.

How to apply

The BBC is now accepting applications for the 2023 Komla Dumor Award, which celebrates journalists from across Africa who demonstrate outstanding commitment to amplifying unheard stories and fostering dialogue on the continent.

To apply for the award, applicants must submit a CV, a portfolio of work, and a one-page letter outlining their vision for African journalism.

Applicants should have at least three years of professional experience in journalism and will be judged on the quality of their stories, the impact of their work, and their understanding of their responsibility as a journalist.

The portfolio should include up to five pieces of original journalism, including audio, video, text or photography, all of which should have been produced within the last two years.

The Applications close on 14 February 2023 at 23:59 GMT. Applications can be submitted online via the BBC Academy website, or they can be sent by post to:
Komla Dumor Award
London W1A 1AA

Previous winners:

  • 2015: Nancy Kacungira from Uganda
  • 2016: Didi Akinyelure from Nigeria
  • 2017: Amina Yuguda from Nigeria
  • 2018: Waihiga Mwaura from Kenya
  • 2019: Solomon Serwanjja from Uganda
  • 2020: Victoria Rubadiri from Kenya
  • 2022: Dingindaba Jonah Buyoya from Zambia

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