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Komla Dumor Prize 2019: Seeking a rising star of African journalism

The BBC is looking for a rising star of African journalism for the BBC World News Award Komla Dumor, which is now the fifth year.

Journalists from all over the continent are invited to apply for a prize aimed at discovering and promoting fresh talent from Africa.

The winner will spend three months at the BBC headquarters in London, where he will gain knowledge and experience.

Applications will close on February 26, 2019, at 23:59 GMT.

The prize was awarded in honor of Komla Dumor, an outstanding Ghanaian television host and BBC World News, who suddenly died in 2014 for 41 years.

This year's prize is awarded from Nigeria's Lagos city.

He will be made an exceptional individual who lives and works in Africa, combining strong journalistic skills, music in the atmosphere and outstanding talent in African stories with the ambition and potential to become the star of the future.

In addition to spending time with the BBC in London, the winner will also travel to Africa to report on the story – and share this story across the continent and around the world.

Previous winners:

  • 2015: Nancy Kacungira from Uganda
  • 2016: Didi Akinyelure from Nigeria
  • 2017: Amina Yuguda from Nigeria
  • 2018: Waihiga Mwaura from Kenya

Kenyan journalist Waihiga Mwaura won the award last year and reported from Togo about her main project on young innovators who turn e-waste into 3D printers and robots.

Waihiga said that you can always feel "a passion in the way Komla told the African story."

Waihiga Mwaura quote:

"His will to change the narrative of Africa was one of the reasons why he stood out among other international broadcasters,"

the 2018 prize winner said.

"I feel that the installation on the BBC – work with my comrades and colleagues – helped me to continue Komla's remarkable work, and I look forward to the day when more African comeback journalists will be able to tell the unique African stories from around the world. "

Waihiga will take part in a presentation event in 2019, where he will lead a discussion on the BBC's World Service on the power of the young Nigerians in the upcoming elections.

Jamie Angus, director of BBC World Service, said: t

"In a period when impartial and actual journalism has never been more important, it is important that we look at journalists who know, understand, and contextualize African stories for the global audience, so that we can offer a complete picture of what is happening across the continent.

"All previous winners have shown that they are outstanding journalists, and have given insight into how to improve cooperation with local public.

"We are very pleased to continue with Kom's legacy and we look forward to finding another outstanding journalist from the continent."

  • To check if you are eligible to apply and sign up, Click here
  • You can also expand the word on social media using hashtag #BBCKomlaAward.

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