Kenyan journalist wins BBC’s Komla Dumor Award for 2018

The Kenyan presenter of Citizen TV’s most-watched evening news bulletin, Waihiga Mwaura, has been named as the winner of this year’s BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.

As part of the prize, the presenter and journalist will spend three months at the BBC in London and travel back to the continent to report on a story there.

Mr Mwaura, who has covered a wide range of topics from politics to sport, is the fourth winner of the award, which was created to honour former BBC World News presenter Komla Dumor who died suddenly aged 41 in 2014.

“Komla Dumor meant a lot of things to me as a journalist and as an individual.

“If I can only achieve just 10 or 20% of what he did, I feel like I would have made my contribution to journalism.

“As an African, I feel proud to have the opportunity to be able to tell the African story to audiences across the world.” – Waihiga Mwaura

He impressed the panel with his story-telling ability and on-screen presence, and according to the panel, it was his passion for giving Africans a voice and his investigative journalism which set him ahead of other entrants, the panel said.

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