Zambian TV and radio moderator, Dingindaba Jonah Buyoya has won the 2022 BBC News Komla Dumor Award.
The 25 year-old Buyoya is the youngest recipient of the award, which was launched in 2015. He is additionally the first of the seven winners such a long ways from southern Africa.
He is at present, a TV host and reporter with Diamond Television in Zambia, where he began work a long time back.
The BBC award was made to honour Komla Dumor, a presenter for BBC World News, who passed on unexpectedly aged 41 in 2014.
Buyoya continues in the strides of Victoria Rubadiri, Solomon Serwanjja, Waihiga Mwaura, Amina Yuguda, Didi Akinyelure and Nancy Kacungira.
The runner-up for this year’s award is Ivory Coast’s Lindsay Aida Guei, who presents her own syndicated program on Canal+ Elles, an Africa-centered TV channel.
The Zambian reporter will endure three months working with BBC News teams in London across TV, radio and on the web. He will also be trainer and be tutored by leading BBC journalists.
As a component of the position, he will go to a country in Africa to cover a story that will be broadcast to the BBC’s international audiences.
“Finding out I’d won the BBC News Komla Dumor Award is one of the best things to have happened in my life,” Buyoya said.
“I have a huge admiration for Komla’s prodigious work. I’ve always wanted to be a journalist and I’d watch back Komla’s news reports, inspired by his powerful storytelling and his dedication to covering Africa authentically.
“I’m truly grateful to be part of Komla’s legacy.”
The judges praised Buyoya for his journalism, his charisma and his passion for sharing stories about the continent through digital platforms.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming Buyoya to BBC News. We’re excited by his journalistic talent, and seeing him flourish during his BBC placement,” says BBC Africa head Juliet Njeri.
“His dedication to ensuring important news stories from Africa are told in a compelling and engaging way, makes him ideal to help to continue Komla’s legacy – sharing nuanced and comprehensive stories about the continent.”