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BBC World News Komla Dumor Award

BBC World News Komla Dumor Award 2020

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City: London
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BBC World News presents Komla Dumor Award for outstanding individual living and working in Africa, who combines strong journalism skills, on-air flair, and an exceptional talent in telling African stories with the ambition and potential to become a star of the future. Komla Dumor was a journalist in Africa. His passion was to tell African stories to the world with honesty and integrity.


The winner of the BBC World News Komla Dumor award will receive a once-in-a-lifetime training and development opportunity with the BBC in London, starting in early September 2020 and running for three months. Working with teams from across BBC News, the winner will produce an African story for the BBC and have their story and their voice shared across the continent and the world. They will also receive support and guidelines from a high-level BBC mentor and attend courses run by the BBC’s world-class training department, the BBC Academy.

The BBC will pay for the winner’s flights to and from the UK and for their visa. BBC will also arrange and pay for the winner’s accommodation in London during their placement. The winner will receive £2,000 per month for the three-month placement to cover their living expenses and a one-off payment of £5,000 as a contribution towards loss of salary in their home country.


Candidates with the following qualification can enter the nomination for BBC World News Komla Dumor Award

  • Excellent journalism skills, including in digital and social media. However, the broadcasting experience is preferable.
  • An excellent broadcasting voice and strong presenting skills with the ability to perform at the microphone with flair.
  • Also, the ability to identify and pitch a strong original African story idea, aligned to the BBC editorial guidelines.
  • Wide and up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the African continent, including politics, business, culture, history, and sport.
  • Furthermore, fluency in English as a first or equivalent language.


  • Candidates must provide a CV (maximum two pages) / complete a careers hub profile.
  • They must hold or be able to obtain by 1st March 2020 a passport that is valid until at least 31st January 2021.
  • Must not be a current or former member of BBC staff.
  • If successful, the candidate’s employer must be willing to release you for three months from September 2020 for them to travel on their own to take up their placement in London.
  • Also, the visa requires that they hold a degree or are studying towards a degree equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.
  • Furthermore, references, proof of employment; birth certificate and passport; an appropriate UK visa as well as proof of the level of English will be necessary from shortlisted candidates.

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Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline16 March,2020
Open toAfrican Journalists
OrganizerBBC World News



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