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Kenyan Journalist Victoria Rubadiri Wins BBC’s Komla Dumor Award

Kenyan Journalist Victoria Rubadiri Wins BBC’s Komla Dumor Award

Otosirieze Obi-Young
Kenyan Journalist Victoria Rubadiri Wins BBC’s Komla Dumor Award
Victoria Rubadiri. Credit: BBC World News.
The Kenyan TV anchor Victoria Rubadiri has been announced as the 2020 recipient of BBC World News’ Komlo Dumor Award. Currently in its sixth year, the award was founded to memorialize the late BBC presenter Komla Dumor, who passed on in 2014 at 41. Previous winners include Uganda’s Solomon Serwanjja, Kenya’s Waihiga Mwaura, Nigeria’s Amina Yuguda, the British-Nigerian Didi Akinyelure, and Uganda’s Nancy Kacungira.

A presenter and primetime show host with Citizen TV, Rubadiri has interviewed notable leaders in East African politics. She will attend a training course with the BBC Academy and join BBC World News’ TV, radio, and online teams to garner experience and new skills.

“Komla was a well-rounded journalist whose style, though authoritative, was also compassionate, empathetic and uplifting,” Rubadiri said. “His ability to give the facts comprehensively, and yet still be attuned to his audience, was something I admired and a skill I seek to emulate. I am excited at the prospect of learning new skills at the BBC to be able to connect with audiences locally, regionally and internationally, no matter on which platform the story is being told.”

The judges praised Rubadiri’s “eloquence and passion for telling African stories on both traditional media platforms and social media.”

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“We’re delighted to have Victoria on board to bring her insights and passion to the BBC,” BBC World Service Group director Jamie Angus said. “Komla had the incredible ability to give stories from the continent global resonance, and also deliver it with familiarity and understanding. We’re looking forward to seeing Victoria embody that by bringing her perspectives to life,” he added.

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