CAF Shortlist 30 For African Player Of The Year Award, Mikel, Four Other Nigerians Listed [Full List]

The Nigerian football trio of John Mikel Obi, Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho made the list of the 30 players shortlisted for the CAF African player of the year award for 2016.

Also, the duo of Mfon Udoh of Enyimba FC and Chisom Chikatara of Wydad FC of Morocco made the cut for the Africa-based Player of the Year award.

The list includes the 2015 African player of the year Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Andre Ayew of Ghana.

THE FULL LIST

African Player of the Year

1. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Leicester City)

2. El Arabi Hillel Soudani (Algeria & Dinamo Zagreb)

3. Islam Slimani (Algeria & Leicester City)

4. Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon & Antalyaspor)

5. Benjamin Mounkandjo (Cameroon & Lorient)

6. Serge Aurier (Cote d’Ivoire & PSG)

7. Eric Bailly (Cote d’Ivoire & Manchester United)

8. Yao Kouasi Gervais ‘Gervinho’ (Cote d’Ivoire & Hebei Fortune)

9.Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Roma)

10. Mohamed El Neny (Egypt & Arsenal)

11. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Dortmund)

12. Andre Ayew (Ghana & West Ham)

13. Victor Wanyama (Kenya & Tottenham)

14. William Jebor (Liberia & Wydad Athletic Club)

15. Mehdi Benatia (Morocco & Juventus)

16. Hakim Ziyech (Morocco & Ajax)

17. John Mikel Obi (Nigeria & Chelsea)

18. Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria & Manchester City)

19. Ahmed Musa (Nigeria & Leicester City)

20. Cedric Bakambu (DR Congo & Villareal)

21. Yannick Bolasie (DR Congo & Everton)

22. Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)

23. Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli)

24. Keegan Dolly (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)

25. Itumeleng Khune (South Africa & Kaizer Chiefs)

26. Mbwana Samatta (Tanzania & Genk)

27. Aymen Abdennour Tunisia & Valencia)

28. Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia & Sunderland)

29. Dennis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)

30. Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns)

African Player of the Year – Based in Africa

1. Dennis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)

2. Itumeleng Khune (South Africa & Kaizer Chiefs)

3. Aymen Mathlouthi (Tunisia & Etoile du Sahel)

4. Joel Kimwaki (DR Congo & TP Mazembe)

5. Joyce Lomalisa (DR Congo & AS Vita)

6. Salif Coulibaly (Mali & TP Mazembe)

7. Ali Gabr (Egypt & Zamalek)

8. Keegan Dolly (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns) 9. Jackson Mwanza (Zambia & Zesco United)

10. Rainford Kalaba (Zambia & TP Mazembe)

11. Elia Meschak (DR Congo & TP Mazembe)

12. Aymen Hefny (Egypt & Zamalek)

13. Morgan Betorangal (Chad & MO Bejaia)

14. Hlompho Kekana (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)

15. Hamza Lahmar (Tunisia & Etoile du Sahel)

16. Jesse Were (Kenya & Zesco United)

17. Idris Mbombo (DR Congo & Zesco United)

18. Chisom Chikatara (Nigeria & Wydad Athletic Club)

19. William Jebor (Liberia & Wydad Athletic Club)

20. Reda Hajhouj (Morocco & Wydad Athletic Club)

21. Fabrice Nguessi Ondama (Congo & Wydad Athletic Club)

22. Mfon Udon (Nigeria & Enyimba)

23. Bassem Morsi (Egypt & Zamalek)

24. Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns)

25. Yannick Zakri (Cote d’Ivoire & Mamelodi Sundowns)

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Tiwa Savage’s Fans Launch Online Campaign For Award Votes

Tiwa Savage’s fans have launched an online campaign for her to win every single award she has been nominated for before the close of the year.

The hashtag #VoteTiwaSavage was a trending topic for most part of Wednesday.

The ‘My Darling’ hit maker is nominated in six different categories for the African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) holding in Dallas, Texas on October 15.

They are Artiste of the Year, Best Female West Africa, Best African Collaboration, Song of the Year, AFRIMMA Video of the Year and Best Artiste in African Contemporary.

Tiwa is also up for winning the Best Female Award and Video of The Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) in Johannesburg, South Africa on October 22.

The mother-of-one is nominated for the Best African Act at the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards in Glasgow, Scotland on November 4.

Given the formidable opposition she is up against, her fans have mounted a vigorous campaign for her.

Some of the tweets soliciting for votes are:

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PHOTOS: President Buhari Receives Leadership Man Of The Year Award

President Muhammadu Buhari was on Friday presented with the Leadership Newspaper Man of the Year Award.

The award presentation was done by former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar in the presence of the publisher of Leadership Newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaiah among others.

See more photos below:

PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES LEADERSHIP AWARD 1B. R-L; Former Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar presenting 2015 Leadership Newspaper Man of the Year Award to President Muhammadu Buhari. With him are Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, Chairman Leadership Newspaper Group, Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah and Estu Nupe, HRH Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. OCT 6 2016
PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES LEADERSHIP AWARD 1B. R-L; Former Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar presenting 2015 Leadership Newspaper Man of the Year Award to President Muhammadu Buhari. With him are Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, Chairman Leadership Newspaper Group, Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah and Estu Nupe, HRH Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. OCT 6 2016
PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES LEADERSHIP AWARD 2. Chairman Leadership Newspaper Group, Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah, former Minister of Special Duties representing Former Head of State, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, President Muhammadu Buhari (2015 Leadership Newspaper Man of the Year Award winner) and Guest Speaker and Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. OCT 6 2016
PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES LEADERSHIP AWARD 2. Chairman Leadership Newspaper Group, Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah, former Minister of Special Duties representing Former Head of State, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, President Muhammadu Buhari (2015 Leadership Newspaper Man of the Year Award winner) and Guest Speaker and Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. OCT 6 2016
PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES LEADERSHIP AWARD 3. 2015 Leadership Newspaper Man of the Year Award Winner President Muhammadu Buhar, Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Sulieman Adamu, Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaiku and Chairman Leadership Newspaper Group, Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah and Estu Nupe, HRH Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. OCT 6 2016
PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES LEADERSHIP AWARD 3. 2015 Leadership Newspaper Man of the Year Award Winner President Muhammadu Buhar, Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Sulieman Adamu, Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaiku and Chairman Leadership Newspaper Group, Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah and Estu Nupe, HRH Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. OCT 6 2016

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Yemi Alade, Wizkid, Rihanna, Others Nominated for 2016 Watsup TV Africa Music Video Award

By Prince Akpan

Yemi Alade, Wizkid, Cassper Nyovest, Diamond Platnumz have lead the nominations for the newly launched WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards which collated Music Video contents from over 20 Africa countries across 21 Categories.

The Awards which is an initiative of WatsUp TV, a leading Entertainment Content producer in the Pan African Bilingual communitylaunched and announced its first set of Nominees for the 2016 WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards (WAMVA), an annual award dedicated to the celebration and honouring of the best in African Music Video on Thursday 29th September at Plot7 in Accra, Ghana.

The platform which is set to bridge the gap between the Anglophone and Francophone music video contents show true ingenuity when over 140 videos from 136 artistes where considered for this prestigious award thereby expanding the scope of knowledge on what African musicians and directors have been churning out across the continent.

Yemi Alade who leads with 6 nominations had Wizkid, Cassper Nyovest and Diamond Platnumz following with 5 nominations respectively.

Some of the Most Nominated Videos include: Final (Wizkid), Want You (Yemi Alade), War Ready (Cassper Nyovest), Tsumani (Ahmed Chawki), Baby Chop Kiss (Shatta Wale), Nyedzilo (Edem), Pana (Tekno) etc

Nigeria leads with 39 Nominated artistes followed by Ghana (26), South Africa (12), Cameroon (7), Tanzania (8), Morocco (6) etc.

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Didi Akinyelure Receives Komla Dumor Award In London

Business journalist and presenter, Didi Akinyelure, today received the BBC Komla Dumor Award, haning been announced as the second winner of the award in July.

The 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.

Didi has joined the BBC News team on a three month placement. 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.

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Elumelu wins Africa Investor ‘Person of the Year’ Award in New York

Chairman of Heirs Holdings, Mr. Tony Elumelu, Tuesday, while receiving the ‘Person of the Year’ award at the Africa Investor CEO Institutional Investment Summit hosted alongside the UN General Assembly in New York, extolled stakeholders in the public and private sectors committed to improving access to power in Africa.

He first acknowledged the staff and management of Transcorp Power, the biggest producer of thermal energy in Nigeria, providing about 18% of national output.

“In accepting this award, I want to dedicate it to Transcorp Power staff who remain committed to realizing our dream of improving access to electricity in Nigeria and making our vision of a well-lit, fully powered Nigeria come true.”

Transcorp Power has supported U.S. President Obama’s Power Africa initiative with a $2.5billion commitment. He thanked the broader coalition of investors in the African power sector, as he urged other institutional investors to consider long-term opportunities on the continent.

“I also dedicate this to all stakeholders working hard to improve access to power in Africa. I call on others to please join us in this journey to powering Africa out of poverty.”

As the economies of African regional powerhouses like Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Uganda, Nigeria and Angola struggle due to excessive exposure to commodities’ prices caused by limited diversification, Elumelu proffered a sustainable solution to reduce Africa’s historical external vulnerability.

“Africa has been faced with this same challenge, in my view, for far too long. I choose to look at the recent episodes of economic contraction across the continent as opportunities to diversify our economies and invest in building critical infrastructure, especially in power, to reduce our susceptibility to commodity shocks and break out of the perpetual boom-bust cycles.”

He emphasized that to ensure a different type of growth trajectory for Africa – one that does not rely exclusively on the export of primary commodities –  there must be reliable, accessible, affordable power to support industrialization.

“Industrialization must occur on a massive scale for our countries to be powered out of chronic dependency on commodities.

We must power Africa’s next phase of development, by targeting and prioritizing growth of our manufacturing, industries and services. And power is the fulcrum that will make this happen,” he said.

Elumelu revealed that while there is an abundance of private capital available to be deployed to develop the African power sector, government must play its part in attracting these investments. He explained, “While there is huge private capital – local and global – seeking investment destinations, as we know, global private capital goes to where it is most welcome.

Therefore, the challenge before African governments should be how to ensure they create the environment that will attract and retain these investments in our continent.”

To the foreign investors gathered at the forum, he advised, “Though there are challenges in investing in Africa, these challenges can be overcome by investing in Africa through partnerships with qualified local partners who possess the right knowledge, requisite capital and technical know-how.”

Speaking further, Elumelu urged private and public sector stakeholders to work together in what he describes as “Shared Purpose”.

“It is critical for the public and private sectors to work together in “SHARED PURPOSE”, which is a key tenet of Africapitalism – the economic philosophy I espouse which calls for the private sector to play a key role in Africa’s social and economic development by investing in strategic sectors for both economic profit and social prosperity.”

Elumelu, who is also co-chair of the African Energy Leaders Group (AELG), a community of African energy leaders including Presidents and leading corporates, concluded his remarks by examining the role of power in creating opportunities for Africa’s jobless youth.

“In the 21st century, the level of poverty we have in Africa and the dire youth unemployment, to a large extent, can be solved by improving access to power, and by extension other infrastructure deficiencies and deficits.

“Even though we are making progress, there is still a lot to be done. We need faster progress.”

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Kogi: Late Audu’s Award Not Diversionary – Edward Onoja

The Kogi State Government has said that the posthumous leadership award bestowed on the late All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu, was not meant to serve any diversionary purpose but to recognize the contributions of the late leader to the infrastructural development of the state.

The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr Edward Onoja, said this while reacting to comments credited to the son of the late leader, Mohammed Audu, who had described the award as ‘self-serving and diversionary.’

He said Governor Yahaya Bello bestowed the highest leadership award on the late Audu because it was an unanimous decision that no past Kogi governor had impacted the state developmentally in the last 25 years like the late leader did.

“It is sad that Mohammed Audu would go to press to say the award was diversionary and self serving. How does that serve the Governor?. Rather, it serves the political family of the Late Audu. It serves the memory of the Late Audu; it serves the good people of Kogi East and generality of the Kogi people,” he said.

Edward said it is rather unfortunate and illogical for anybody to think that the award has got anything to do with pending case at the Supreme Court.

“Bestowing award on the Late Prince Abubakar Audu has no bearing with the awaited judgement at the Supreme Court. But there are antecedents which are very clear. At the tribunal, it was made clear that Governor Bello’s mandate is in line with the law.

“At the Appeal, it followed suit. And the good people of Kogi state are not expecting anything different from the Supreme Court. He should not link the award to the Supreme Court. He should rather wait for the outcome of the Supreme Court as he had always done in the other lower courts and has gone back home disappointed,” he said.

He said besides the recent leadership award, Governor Yahaya Bello had earlier named the Kogi State University, the highest tertiary institution in the state, after the late Prince Abubakar Audu to honour and immortalize his memory. A gesture that he, Mohammed Audu, gratefully appreciated.

According to him, the immediate past administration in the state had earlier proposed to name the state polytechnic after the late leader but Governor Bello thought it best to name the highest institution in the state after the late political icon.

Hon. Onoja concluded by saying it takes only an ignorant mind to think that in the event of death of a father in a political race the replacement falls on the first son.

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Kwara Community Health Insurance Wins Financial Times of London Award

The Kwara State Community Health Insurance Scheme (KWCHIS) on Thursday, 9 June won the 2016 Financial Times/IFC Transformational Business Award.
KWCHIS beat GSK UK, Etisalat UAE, Living Goods USA, and Sustainable Health USA to win the “Achievement in Sustainable Development: Maternal and Infant Health” category of the awards.
The award event, which was held at the Hilton Hotel, Bankside in London had in attendance the Director General of the Kwara State Hospital Management Board, Mrs. Bunmi Jetawo Winter and the Executive Secretary of KWCHIS, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Abdulsalam.
Kwara Health Insurance Programme was selected for the prestigious business award after a rigorous review of different programmes from across the world that have had transformational impact on  people.
The Financial Times award is a remarkable testimony of the impact of the health scheme on the people of Kwara State as well as a motivation for the efforts of the state government towards finding a long-term financing solution for the programme.
Meanwhile, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed in a statement on Friday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Dr. Muyideen Akorede, said that he was pleased to hear that the Kwara State CHIS has again received international endorsement.
The governor noted that the recognition has added impetus to the state government’s efforts in expanding rural access to affordable healthcare delivery, stressing that his government will continue to prioritize the wellbeing of the people by initiating policies and programmes that will increase efficiency and effectiveness in the healthcare system of the State.
Governor Ahmed also thanked Kwara’s partners in the scheme, the Dutch Government, PharmAccess Foundation and Hygeia Community Health for supporting the scheme since it was launched. The scheme allows beneficiaries to have access to quality health care all year round, for a token of N500.
It will be recalled that the health insurance scheme in 2014 in Paris won a finalist prize at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee awards for development initiative.
The scheme had also received commendation from the United Nations and Bill Gates Foundation for its creative approach to pro-poor health care.?
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Kwara Community Health Insurance Nominated for Financial Times Award

The Kwara State Community Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS) has secured yet another international acclaim as it has been nominated for the 2016 Financial Times/IFC Transformational Business Award.

The scheme was nominated under the “Achievement in Sustainable Development: Maternal and Infant Health” category of the awards.

This was contained in a letter to the State government, which was
signed by the Director of Advocacy and Program Development of Pharm Access Foundation, Dr. Kofi Boahene.

According to him, the Kwara Health Insurance Programme was selected for the prestigious business award after a rigorous review of different programmes that have had transformational impact on the people.

He further noted that the award is a remarkable testimony of the
impact of the health scheme on the people of Kwara State as well as a motivation for the efforts of the state government towards finding a long-term financing solution for the programme.

The awards ceremony according to Dr. Boahene will hold on 9 June, 2016 in London. While reacting, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed expressed delight over the nomination of the state health insurance programme for the awards, and assured that his government will not relent in its efforts to make quality healthcare accessible to the people of the State, especially in the rural areas.

He said the state government will continue to initiate programmes and policies aimed at increasing efficiency and effectiveness in the healthcare system of the state.

The Governor also commended Pharm Access foundation for its commitment to ensure affordable access to quality health care in Africa, by stimulating investments through partnerships with the private sector and government institutions.

The Kwara State Community Health Insurance allows beneficiaries to have access to quality health care all year round, for a token of
N500.

It will be recalled that the health insurance scheme in 2014 in Paris won a finalist prize at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee awards for development initiative.

Before the awards in 2014, the scheme had also received commendation from the United Nations and Bill Gates Foundation for its creative approach to pro-poor health care.

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Aubameyang Wins Africa Footballer Of The Year Award

Gabon and Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has won the 2015 Glo-CAF African Footballer of the Year award, ending the dominance of Cote d’Ivoire and Manchester City Star Yaya Toure.

Toure had won the award for four straight years before ending up behind Aubameyan on Thursday in Abuja.

Ghana and Swansea City Star, Andre Ayew was the second runner up.

Aubameyang has been in phenomenal form for Dortmund this season, scoring 27 goals in all competitions in as many appearances.

Born in 1989, he started his career at Milan before joining Saint Ettienne in 2011 after four loan spells with clubs in France.

The 26-year-old joined Dortmund in 2013 and has since made a mark on the German club, winning two DFL Supercup in 2013 and 2014.

Although Dortmund has no desire to sell the player, several top clubs are interested in signing him with reports emerging on Thursday that Arsenal may bid for him.

With a transfer fee expected to be as high as £60m, long-term admirer Arsene Wenger may opt to look elsewhere for talent.

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Nigerian Devt organization Wins $50,000 With And For Girls Itn’l Award For Outstanding Work

Development organization HACEY Health Initiative is one of just 20 organisations from around the world to receive an inaugural With and For Girls Award.

The With and For Girls Awards is a global initiative to identify and support strong development organisations working with and for girls.

The organisation – based in Nigeria and working throughout the country – is recognised for its work toprovide sustainable solutions to close the inequality gap that limits women and girls’ access to health services and economic empowerment.

HACEY Health Initiative received the Award at a London ceremony on Monday 16 November 2015, whererepresentatives from the winning organisations attended along with people from a range of foundations, multilateral agencies, INGOs and prominent influencers within the sector.

There are more than 14 million adolescent girls living in poverty in Nigeria.

The country has two per cent of the world’s population, but it carries 10 per cent of the maternal mortality burden with the majority of the girls and women who die in childbirth living in the north of the country.

HACEY works with communities across Nigeria to improve the health and economic outcomes for over 300,000 girls.

Through a targeted sexual and reproductive health and rights programme, HACEY has directly engaged more than 1,000 secondary school-aged girls.

The organisation has also raised awareness of gender-based violence using web and mobile technology, through which it has reached more than 100,000 people.

Muna Wehbe, CEO of Stars Foundation – “Despite the critical role that women and girls play in sustainable development, the World Bank estimates that less than two cents of every dollar spent on international aid is directed towards adolescent girls. The With and For Girls Award provides flexible funding to grassroots girl-focused NGOs, empowering them to invest their funds where they need them most. We want to shine a spotlight on these outstanding local organisations and encourage more funders to support girls in their role as vital agents of change within our sector.”

As part of the award package, HACEY Health Initiative will receive US$50,000 of flexible funding and capacity building support.

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Nancy Kacungira Awarded The BBC World News Komla Dumor Award

Today, the BBC announced that KTN News Anchor Nancy Kacungira has been awarded the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.

Nancy, who was born in Uganda, joined KTN in Kenya in 2013 as an anchor for prime time news and has reported from Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. She also produces and presents a weekly segment that tells the inspirational stories of people working to better their local communities, and is KTN’s Social Media Editor.  Prior to joining KTN, Nancy presented for Power FM in Kampala, and has also worked in digital marketing.

Nancy 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.

Nancy said, “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 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.

James Harding, Director of BBC News and Current Affairs, said, “When Komla Dumor died, it was an enormous loss to the BBC, to the coverage of Africa and to all of us personally.  I am delighted that in Nancy we have found an extremely passionate and talented journalist, a worthy winner of the award that we established in Komla’s name.”

Solomon Mugera, BBC Africa Editor said: “We are delighted to award the BBC World News Komla Dumor award to Nancy Kacungira. I believe that Nancy’s passion for, and understanding of, African journalism truly embodies everything the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award has been set up to commemorate. We look forward to welcoming her to London.”

The 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 BBC Global News Editor Vera Kwakofi, BBC Foreign Editor, Andrew Roy and the Editor for the Mail and Guardian in Africa, Charles Onyango-Obbo.

There are two runners up for the award:   Leila Dee Dougan from South Africa and Paa Kwesi Asare from Ghana.

 

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