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.”
“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.
Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, editor, journalist, and curator. He is Editor of Folio Nigeria, where he profiles innovators and facilitators in culture: business, art, photography, music, activism, health, food. He has vast experience working in literature. He has sat on the judging panels of The Gerald Kraak Prize and of The Morland Writing Scholarship. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria's first queer art collective, and Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. For three years, Nov. 2016 to Apr. 2020, he led the transformation of the literary blog Brittle Paper into a continental powerhouse, ideating and administering The Brittle Paper Awards, the first by an African publication. His work in queer advocacy has been profiled in Literary Hub. In 2019, he won The Future Awards Africa Prize for Literature. In 2020, he was named among "The 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians." He completed a collection of short stories in 2016 and his novel in 2020. Find him on otosirieze.com or on Twitter & Insta: @otosirieze.