Nigerian Journalist Didi Akinyelure Wins BBC Award


A Nigerian journalist, Didi Akinyelure has won the second BBC World News Komla Dumor Award, which aims to celebrate African journalism and reward exceptional talent.

Akinyelure is a prime-time news anchor in Nigeria and presents business news for CNBC, which broadcasts across the continent. She will start a three-month placement at the BBC in London in September.

The award was established to honour Ghanaian-British BBC World News presenter Komla Dumor, who died suddenly at the age of 41 in 2014. The first Komla Dumor Award was won by Ugandan news anchor Nancy Kacungira.

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Didi Akinyelure is an Anchor/Producer at CNBC Africa, based in the Lagos bureau. She is the face of Open Exchange West Africa.

After graduating from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, Didi started her career in the Financial Services sector.

She worked at Barclays Wealth Management in London before relocating to Lagos to work in the Asset Management division of Investment Bank, Oceanic Capital. Seeking a new challenge in Financial Journalism, Didi joined CNBC Africa in February 2013.

Late Komla Dumor

Ms Akinyelure said Mr Komla Dumor was someone she admired.

“He told the African story with so much passion for the continent, giving a balanced view and inspiring so many.”

One of the judges who selected Ms Akinyelure, BBC Africa’s Josephine Hazeley, said Ms Akinyelure particularly excelled in telling business stories, “which was an area Komla was also passionate about”.

The BBC’s World Service Group described Komla as a much-loved and respected journalist – not only with his colleagues but also with aspiring journalists and audiences across the world.

His storytelling was compelling and his enthusiasm was infectious, making him one of Africa’s leading journalists. Through his tenacious journalism and compelling storytelling, Komla worked tirelessly to bring a more nuanced African narrative to the world.

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Through the Komla Dumor Award, the BBC says it is committed to continuing Komla’s legacy and dedication to the African continent. The award rewards rising stars who display exceptional talent, someone who embodies the excellence spirit of Komla.