Nigerian journalist Didi Akinyelure has won the second BBC World News Komla Dumor Award. The award, established in honour of Komla Dumor, a presenter for BBC World News, who died aged 41 in 2014, seeks to “celebrate African journalism and reward exceptional talent”.
Didi Akinyelure who has been a business news anchor with CNBC Africa since 2013, will start a three-month placement at BBC in London in September as part of her prize.
According to one of the judges, Josephine Hazelet, Akinyelure was selected because she particularly excelled in telling business stories “which was an area Komla was also passionate about”.
Didi Akinyelure also excitedly shared on her Instagram page:
”I WON the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award!!! Thank you @bbcnews for picking me out of the hundreds of journalists who applied from Africa. Thank you @frednaija for believing in me from day 1, @cnbcafricafor moulding me into the journalist I am today. It’s not by my talent but by the FAVOUR of God. Thank YOU Lord for showering me with blessings. Jesus is the one and only major🔑 #blessed#favoured #overwhelmed”
You cab watch her interview with BBC here