Nigerian presenter, Didi Akinyelure has been awarded the second British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World News Komla Dumor Award.
The award was instituted in 2015 in honour of Komla Dumor, a presenter for BBC World News, who died aged 41 in 2014.
It aims at continuing Komla’s legacy by celebrating African journalism and finding exceptional talent.
Two Kenyans; Olive Burrows and Trevor Ombija, emerged runners up for the award. The judging panel included Anna Williams, Editor BBC World News; Josephine Hazeley, Deputy Editor for BBC Africa, and Ory Okolloh, director of investments for Omidyar Network’s Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative in Africa.
BBC Africa’s Josephine Hazeley who was on the award judging team, said Akinyelure particularly excelled in telling business stories, “which was an area Komla was also passionate about”.
Didi speaking to the BBC following the announcement on Tuesday, expressed her admiration for the Corporation as well as Komla Dumor.
Didi Akinyelure is a prime-time news anchor in Nigeria and presents business news for CNBC, which broadcasts across the continent. She has been on the CNBC Africa team since 2013.
She has been described by BBC, as a journalist “with a passion for telling African stories.” She has reported tough 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.
Akinyelure started her career outside the media. Before journalism, she worked in the asset management finance sector in Nigeria and in the UK. She is experienced in business reporting, having anchored CNBC Africa’s daily show ‘Open Exchange’ from West Africa for over three years.
As part of her prize, Akinyelure will join BBC’s News team in London and begin a three-month placement from September this year.