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

Part of the award includes Akinyelure taking on a three-month placement at the BBC office in London from September 2016.

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Didi Akinyelure wins second Komla Dumor Award

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Nigerian journalist Didi Akinyelure has been honoured with the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.

Akinyelure is the second person and first Nigerian to ever win this award.

She is a news anchor at CNBC Africa and presents business news. Her journey into journalism started a few years ago when she embarked on producing her first documentary.

CNBC Africa presenter and producer Didi Akinyelure play

CNBC Africa presenter and producer Didi Akinyelure

 

The Komla Dumor Award was created in memory of BBC World News presenter Komla Dumor who passed away in 2014 at the age of 41.

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The late Komla Dumor

(Vibes Ghana)

 

Dumor was a Ghanaian journalist and one of the main presenters of BBC's 'Focus on Africa'. In 2013 he was listed as one of 100 most influential Africans by publication New African.

The first Komla Dumor Award was won by Ugandan news anchor Nancy Kacungira.

Part of the award includes Akinyelure taking on a three-month placement at the BBC office in London from September 2016.

The journalist told the BBC she held the late Dumor in high regard.

"He told the African story with so much passion for the continent, giving a balanced view and inspiring so many, she said."

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