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Ugandan Journalist Nancy Kacungira Wins BBC World News Komla Dumor Award




Congratulations are in order for Ugandan Journalist Nancy Kacungira who has been awarded the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.

The KTN News Anchor was selected from 200 applicants for the prestigious Komla Dumor Award.

Nancy expressed, "I am so greatly honoured and humbled to be the winner of this award. What I am most grateful for is the incredible opportunity given to me by the BBC to take my passion for African stories to the world stage and I look forward to reflecting the intriguing nuances of our continent in the story I will produce. I have always believed deeply and resolutely in the immense power and potential of Africa and Africans, and Komla Dumor was for me, one of the best examples of that; not just in his body of work, but in his personality too. To be a part of continuing his legacy is such an honour it feels almost like a dream!"

Nancy grew up in Uganda where she attended Makerere University in Kampala. She has more than 14 years of experience working across a range of media in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania as well as a Masters degree in communications from Leeds University.

She will join the BBC News teams in London for a three month placement starting in September. This placement provides the opportunity to gain skills and experience working with teams across BBC News on TV, radio and online reaching the BBC's audiences of 308 million across the world.

According to BBC, Nancy impressed the judges with her well-rounded knowledge of the complex issues facing Africa and her awareness of the challenges involved in covering the continent. Her passion for telling Africa's diverse stories and challenging preconceived stereotypes reflect Komla's own devotion to the continent and, as part of his legacy, Nancy will be able to share her enthusiasm with the BBC's global audience.

The two runners up for the award were Leila Dee Dougan from South Africa and Paa Kwesi Asare from Ghana.

Source: BBC News

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