Victoria Rubadiri Wins This Year’s BBC World News Komla Dumor Award

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Kenyan journalist Victoria Rubadiri has been crowned the winner of 2020 BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.

The Citizen TV news anchor becomes the second Kenyan journalist to bag the award that was created to honour Komla Dumor.

Dumor was a presenter for BBC World News, who died in 2014 at the age of 41.

Her colleague, Waihiga Mwaura won the award in 2018.

Before them were: Solomon Serwanjja, Amina Yuguda, Didi Akinyelure and Nancy Kacungira.

The multi-talented journo will begin her three-month placement at the BBC by attending a training course with the BBC Academy before joining BBC News teams – across TV, radio and online.

Director of BBC World Service Group, Jamie Angus said they were delighted to have Rubadiri on board and hoped that the opportunity will help her bring her perspectives to life.

“Komla had the incredible ability to give stories from the continent global resonance, and also deliver it with familiarity and understanding. We’re looking forward to seeing Victoria embody that by bringing her perspectives to life,” he said.

Accepting the award, Rubadiri said: “I am excited at the prospect of learning new skills at the BBC to be able to connect with audiences locally, regionally and internationally, no matter on which platform the story is being told.

“Komla was a well-rounded journalist whose style, though authoritative, was also compassionate, empathetic and uplifting. His ability to give the facts comprehensively, and yet still be attuned to his audience, was something I admired and a skill I seek to emulate.”

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