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For the second year in a row, a Nigerian wins BBC Komla Dumor Award

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Amina Yuguda, a journalist from Adamawa State, has won the third BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.

She is now the second Nigerian to win the award in a row after Didi Akinyelure, a business journalist who won it last year.

The first winner of the Komla Dumor Award was a Ugandan news anchor Nancy Kacungira.

Yuguda, who grew up in Lagos, is a news presenter on Gotel Television in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, where she has reported on high-profile news stories, including the Boko Haram insurgency.

She will start a three-month placement at the BBC in London in September.

According to the BBC, the award was created to honour Komla Dumor, a presenter for BBC World News, who died suddenly aged 41 in 2014.

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Yuguda described her win as a “huge honour”.

“I was overwhelmed with joy,” she told the BBC. “Storytellers have always had an important role in Africa… this is what defines us. Today, journalists are taking on that responsibility.”

She impressed the panel with her story-telling and her ability to convey complex ideas in a way that resonates with a wide audience.

“I want to tell stories from an African perspective,” she said.

Yuguda is excited to work at the BBC, given her understanding of the corporation’s impact among pastoralists in her hometown.

“With little or no formal education, my countrymen can hold their own in a variety of topics, including the Trump presidency in America, North Korea’s defiance, Russia’s foreign relations under Putin, and more,” the BBC quoted her as saying.

Francesca Unsworth, Director of the BBC World Service Group, described her as a worthy winner.

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“To find someone who possesses many of Komla’s qualities is something for us to celebrate, and we are very excited about working with Amina,” Unsworth said.

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