Prime time news anchor Nancy Kacungira is this year’s winner of the Komla Dumor award, a new BBC prize recognizing an African journalist with exceptional talent, passion for work and poise.
Kacungira, selected from a field of 200, impressed the judges with her knowledge of the complex issues facing Africa and her awareness of the challenges involved in covering the continent. A BBC release explained, “Her passion for telling Africa’s diverse stories and challenging preconceived stereotypes recall the work of Komla Dumor.” A popular Ghanaian journalist, Dumor’s death last January 2014 at an early age left a major void at the British media house.
She will be joining the BBC News teams in London for a three-month placement starting in September. The placement provides an opportunity to gain skills and experience working with teams at BBC News on TV, radio and online, reaching the BBC’s audience of 308 million across the world.
Kacungira joined the TV station KTN in Kenya in 2013 as a news anchor and has reported from Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. “I have always believed deeply and resolutely in the immense power and potential of Africa and Africans, and Komla Dumor was for me, one of the best examples of that, not just in his body of work, but in his personality, too,” said Kacungira.