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Amina Yuguda of Nigeria won the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for the next rising star in African journalism in 2017.

Prizes for Children’s Literature and Journalism in Africa Call for Entries

By Iminza Keboge
Published March 23, 2018

Nancy Kacungira of Uganda, through her work with Kenya's KTN TV, was the winner of the inaugural BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for the next rising star in African journalism. Golden Baobab Prize, a literary not-for-profit organisation operating out of the Ghanaian capital, Accra and that says it discovers, celebrates and nurtures children’s writers and illustrators from across Africa, invites African Writers and Illustrators for Children’s books to the the 2018 Golden Baobab Prize by March 31, 2018.

“You stand a chance to win one of US$5000 cash prizes and a publishing contract. Outstanding writers and illustrators will be connected to publishing opportunities, institutional and art gallery projects in Africa and around the world,” the organisers of Golden Baobab Prize say. “Visit goldenbaobab.org for how to submit. Share with writers and artists in your networks. We look forward to receiving your entry!”

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Meanwhile, journalists in Africa have till March 23, 2018 at 23.59 GMT to apply for the annual BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for the next rising star in African journalism. The winner will spend three months at the BBC headquarters in New Broadcasting House in London, gaining skills and experience.

Amina Yuguda of Nigeria won the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for the next rising star in African journalism in 2017.“The award”, BBC says, “was set up to honour the memory of Komla Dumor, an exceptional Ghanaian broadcaster who died unexpectedly at the age of 41 in 2014. In his short life Komla made an extraordinary impact – in Ghana, in Africa and across the world – on Joy FM and at the BBC. Through his tenacious journalism and compelling storytelling, he worked tirelessly to bring a more sophisticated African narrative to the world. The BBC is committed to continuing Komla’s legacy and, through this award, aims to empower a new generation of journalists from Africa to tell African stories to global audiences.

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Nigeria's Didi Akinyelure won the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for the next rising star in African journalism in 2016.Previous winners of the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award are Nancy Kacungira of Uganda, and Didi Akinyelure and Amina Yuguda both of Nigeria.

All three winners used their time at the BBC to hone their journalism skills through training, workshops and mentorship. Working closely with leading talent within the BBC, the winners undertake a final project, travelling to Africa to report on a story that they have researched.

For more information about the award, including how to apply, entry criteria, and terms and conditions visit bbc.com/komladumor/.

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