Deadline: February 14, 2023
Applications are open for the BBC News Komla Dumor Award 2023 for African
Journalists. The BBC News Komla Dumor Award will be made to an outstanding individual living and working in Africa, who combines strong journalism skills, on air flair, and an exceptional talent for telling African stories with the ambition and potential to become a star of the future.
Komla Dumor was a BBC News journalist whose passion was to tell
African stories to the world with honesty and integrity. It’s a legacy that the BBC wants to continue.
The winner of the BBC World News Komla Dumor award will receive a once-in-a-lifetime training and development opportunity with the BBC in London, starting in early September 2023 and running for three months. Working with teams from across BBC News, the winner will produce an African story for the BBC and have their story and their voice shared across the continent and the world. They will be supported by a high-level BBC mentor and attend courses run by the BBC’s world-class training department, the BBC Academy.
The winner will be given a stipend plus their London accommodation and travel to and from their home.
• To apply for this prestigious award, you must be currently living and working as a journalist in Africa.
• You must also have excellent journalism skills, including in digital and social media.
• Broadcasting experience is preferable.
• An excellent broadcasting voice and strong presenting
Skills with the ability to perform at the microphone with flair.
• The ability to identify and pitch a strong original
African story idea, aligned to the BBC editorial guidelines.
• Wide and up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the
African continent, including politics, business, culture, history and sport.
• Fluency in English as a first or equivalent language.
Additional requirements for all applicants
• You must provide a CV (maximum two pages) / complete a careers hub profile.
• You must hold or be able to obtain a valid passport.
• You must not be a current or former member of BBC staff.
• If successful, your employer must be willing to release you for three months from September 2023 for you to travel on your own to take up your placement in London.
• The visa requires that you hold a degree or are studying towards a degree equivalent to a UK
Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university.
• References, proof of employment, birth certificate, passport, an appropriate UK visa and proof of level of English will be required from