Nigerian journalist Amina Yuguda wins BBC World News 'Komla Dumor' award

Nigerian journalist Amina Yuguda wins BBC World News 'Komla Dumor' award

Amina Yuguda, a news presenter on local network Gotel Television in

north-eastern Nigeria has won the third BBC World News Komla Dumor


She has reported on high-profile news stories, including the Boko

Haram insurgency. She will start a three-month placement at the BBC in

London this month.

She impressed the panel with her story-telling and her ability to

convey complex ideas in a way that resonates with a wide audience.

A very excited Amina says, 'I was overwhelmed with joy. Storytellers

have always had an important role in Africa, this is what defines us.

Today journalists are taking on that responsibility. With little or no

formal education, my countrymen can hold their own in a variety of

topics, including the Trump presidency in America, North Korea's

defiance, Russia's foreign relations under Putin, and more'.

BBC World Service Group Director Francesca Unsworth said Ms Yuguda was

a worthy winner; 'to find someone who possesses many of Komla's

qualities is something for us to celebrate, and we are very excited

about working with Amina'.

Previous winners of the Komla Dumor Award were Ugandan news anchor

Nancy Kacungira and Nigerian business journalist Didi Akinyelure. The

award was created to honour Komla Dumor, a presenter for BBC World

News, who died suddenly at the age of 41 in 2014.

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