Amina Yuguda is the winner of the 2017 edition of BBC’s World News Komla Dumor Award. The Komla Dumor award was established to honour African journalists who are making a difference.
Not much at this point is known but these are interesting facts about the BBC winner that you should know.
1. She is Nigerian
Amina Yududa hails from Yola, Adamawa state, a northern part of Nigeria.
2. Local News Anchor
Amina Yuguda has been a news presenter on a local network, Gotel Television since 2012. As a keen observer and talented communicator, Amina does an incredible job of relaying both local and international news to her grass-roots audience.
Given her location, the northern news anchor often makes reports on Boko Haram insurgency and the state of security affairs in the northeast. She has a mini-documentary series called The Real Africa.
Amina is passionate about telling stories from the African perspective.Thanks to her storytelling skills, her audience have ease of understanding even the most complex of information relayed to them.
To kick off, Amina attended a course with the BBC Academy. She will then join BBC News teams – across TV, radio and online – which will provide her with the opportunity to gain skills and experience across BBC News’ multifaceted platforms.
3. She First Began At A Radio Station
A friend had told her about a radio station in Yola that was hiring journalists. Luckily she was hired and have not looked back ever since.
4. Placement At BBC Headquarters
In line with the BBC award tradition, winners get a three-month placement at BBC Headquarters in London. Amina Yuguda started hers in September.
During this time, the winners develop their journalism skills and acquire a wealth of sophisticated and new broadcasting skills. Towards the end of her 3 – month placement, Amina will be given the opportunity to travel to a country in Africa, with a top BBC producer, to report on a story for a global audience. The story will then be broadcast on BBC platforms, which reach audiences of 348 million across the world each week.
Attesting to this last year’s winner, business journalist, Didi Akinyelure said that her placement experience has been totally unforgettable and worth the while.
5. Her Most Interesting Project
According to Amina, her most interesting project till date is the story she did on Koma – a small community in Northern Adamawa. She said she never imagined pre-colonial African communities existed until she visited Koma where many of them still wear leaves (they don’t wear clothes).
6. Her Vision And Hope For The Planet
That we can all learn to live in peace one day, accepting each other’s differences. There is enough space for everyone in this world.
Brief History Of The BBC’s World News Komla Dumor Award
The BBC World News Komla Dumor Award was initiated to honour the memory of a notable late business journalist, Komlar Dumor.
Komlar was a Ghanaian journalist who worked for BBC World News and was the main presenter of its programme Focus on Africa (Wikipedia). He died of a cardiac arrest on January 18, 2014, in London, aged 41.
At the time of his death, Dumor was the only West African newsreader on BBC World News.
Peter Horrocks, BBC’s global news director described Komla as a leading light of African journalism – committed to telling the story of Africa as it really is. According to him, Komla has developed its own unique on-air style, seamlessly moved between TV and radio and influenced Africa coverage across the BBC.
Didi Akinyelure, a Nigerian journalist was honoured with the award in 2016. The year before was Uganda’s news anchor, Nancy Kacungira.
In February, BBC made a call for journalists across Africa to apply for the 2017 edition of the award. The award is dedicated to discovery and promotion of fresh talents from Africa.
Amina Yuguda was one of many African journalists who applied but her storytelling expertise set her apart from the rest as she impressed the panel with her story-telling and her ability to convey complex ideas in a way that resonates with a wide audience.
The judging panel consists of Rachael Akidi, editor of the BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme; Paul Royall, editor of BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten in the United Kingdom; and Khadija Patel, editor-in-chief of South Africa’s Mail & Guardian newspaper.