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Kenyan Journalists Finish Runners Up In BBC World News Award

20 Jul 2016 | By Tim Mworia | @timworia

Kenyan Journalists Finish Runners Up In BBC World News Komla Dumor Award

The Kenyan duo of Olive Burrows and Trevor Ombija are this year’s two runners up for the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.

Burrows scored arguably the biggest interview of 2015, and definitely of her career when she sat down for a one-on-one with US President Barack Obama during his visit to the country for the GES Summit.

Ombija is a journalist and presenter for NTV Kenya and is one of the rising stars of a new crop of talented young Kenyan journalists.

The award, now in its second year, was presented to Nigerian business journalist Didi Akinyelure. The CNBC Africa journalist joins inaugural winner Nancy Kacungira, a Ugandan news anchor who was recognised for her work with KTN.

Kenyan Journalists Finish Runners Up In BBC World News Award

Akinyelure has a passion for telling African stories. She produces and presents a business show for CNBC, which is watched across the continent. She is experienced in business reporting, having anchored CNBC Africa’s daily show Open Exchange from West Africa for over three years.

Akinyelure is also an anchor for prime time news. She has reported hard-hitting business stories from across Western Africa. She also created, produces and presents a weekly segment called Entrepreneur of the Week, which aims to inspire small and medium sized enterprises in Africa.

As the award winner, Akinyelure will be joining the BBC News teams in London for a three month placement in September. This placement provides the opportunity to gain skills and experience by attending a course with the BBC Academy, and working with teams across BBC News on TV, radio and online, reaching the BBC’s audiences of 348 million across the world each week.

She will also have the opportunity to travel to a country in Africa, with a top BBC producer, to report on a story for a global audience.

The BBC World News Komla Dumor Award was set up in honour of presenter Komla Dumor who passed away in January 2014 and aims to continue Komla’s legacy by celebrating African journalism and finding exceptional talent.

The judging panel included Anna Williams, Editor BBC World News; Josephine Hazeley, Deputy Editor for BBC Africa, and Kenya’s Ory Okolloh, director of investments for Omidyar Network’s Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative in Africa.

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