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BBC launches award to honour Ghanaian journalist Komla Dumor

HONOURED: Komla Dumor

THE BBC has launched an award in honour of the late Ghanaian broadcaster, Komla Dumor.

The BBC World News Komla Dumor Award will be given to "an outstanding individual living and working in Africa, who combines strong journalism skills and an exceptional talent in telling African stories, with the ambition and potential to become a star of the future," the broadcaster announced today (Jan 19).

Dumor, one of Ghana's best-known and respected journalists, died suddenly at his London home last year from a suspected heart attack at the age of only 41. He joined the BBC as a radio broadcaster in 2007 and went on to present BBC World News'm Focus on Africa programme.

During his career, Dumor has been honoured with awards including Ghana Journalist of the Year in 2003 and featured in New African magazine's November 2013 list of 100 most influential Africans.

In 2009, Komla Dumor became the first host of Africa Business Report on BBC World News. He was a regular presenter of Focus on Africa and had hosted the programme the day before he died, reported the BBC on Saturday (January 18).

The presenter who was born Accra, and studied his masters degree at Harvard University, travelled across Africa, meeting the continent's top entrepreneurs and reporting on the latest business trends around the continent.

He has also covered big news stories including the funeral of former South African President, Nelson Mandela last month.

Dumor has anchored live coverage of major events including the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the funeral of Kim Jong-il, the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, the Norway shootings and the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The 41-year-old, who regularly dressed in a sharp suit with brightly coloured ties and handkerchiefs is said to have made a big impression among colleagues.

A spokesman for BBC News said: "We are proud to announce the launch of the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.

"The award will be given to an outstanding individual living and working in Africa, who combines strong journalism skills and an exceptional talent in telling African stories, with the ambition and potential to become a star of the future.
Through the award, we will invest in the future of African journalism by offering the winner the chance to come to the BBC and share Africa's stories with the world."

The winner will be given an opportunity to gain recognition and experience, working with teams across BBC News during a three month placement in London. The winner will also have the chance to broadcast on TV, radio and online to the BBC's audiences of 265 million across the world.

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