Bbc is inviting african journalists to apply for the eighth annual bbc news komla dumor award, established in 2014 to honour the exceptional ghanaian broadcaster komla dumor, who died suddenly aged 41. kwansema dumor, komla’s widow, said her family were “thankful to the bbc for remembering him” through the prize. applications close on 14 february 2023 at 23:59 gmt.
Award was launched in 2014 and the winner will receive training and have the chance to travel to a country in africa to report on a story they have researched, with their report broadcast to the bbc’s global audiences. last year’s winner of the award, zambian tv host and reporter dingindaba jonah buyoya, was the first to come from southern africa.
Dumor’s initiative was recognised with the komla dumor award, which is presented annually to an outstanding african journalist. during his placement, komla dumor travelled to the seychelles to report on how the country’s ocean plants could help tackle climate change. the 2019 recipient, buyoya irakoze, has expressed her gratitude for the award and encouraged other african journalists to apply. liliane landor, senior controller of bbc news international services, commented that the award and its previous winners are a fitting testament to komla’s dedication to telling african stories with depth and integrity.