The BBC World News Komla Dumor Award, now in its seventh year, is looking for a rising star in African journalism.
The BBC encourages journalists from across Africa to apply for the award, which aims to identify and promote new talent on the continent. The deadline for applications is February 16, 2022, at 23:59 GMT.
The winner will spend three months gaining new skills and experience at the BBC headquarters in London. In addition to getting training, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to travel to an African country to report on a story they have researched. In return, the BBC will broadcast the report to its global audiences.
The award was established to honour Komla Dumor, a remarkable Ghanaian journalist and BBC World News presenter who died suddenly in 2014 at 41.
Kwansema Dumor, Dumor’s widow, told the previous winner Victoria Rubadiri that she was “proud” of her husband’s impact at the BBC and that her family was “thankful to the BBC for remembering him” through the award.
Dumor made a significant impact on Africa and the rest of the world by championing robust, dynamic journalism and a commitment to presenting African stories comprehensively and authentically.
The BBC is committed to continuing his legacy by empowering African journalists to tell original and nuanced African stories to international audiences through the award.
“I’m happy that the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award has returned for its seventh year,” said Liliane Landor, director of BBC World Service.
“Komla’s commitment to conveying Africa stories with depth, knowledge, and insight has been exemplified by previous winners. We are looking forward to announcing and welcoming this year’s winner and seeing Komla’s journalism legacy continue.”