Yuguda has reported on a range of the region’s high-profile news stories, including the Boko Haram insurgency. On accepting the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award at a ceremony in the BBC Radio Theatre in London, Yuguda begins her three-month placement at the BBC.
To start off, Yuguda is to attend a course with the BBC Academy. She will then join BBC News teams across TV, radio, and online, which will provide her with the opportunity to gain skills and experience across BBC News’ multifaceted platforms.
Towards the end of her placement, Yuguda will have the opportunity to travel to a country in Africa, with a BBC producer, to report on a story for a global audience. The story will then be broadcast on BBC platforms, which reach audiences of 348 million across the world each week.
"I was overwhelmed with joy when I heard that I had won. In Africa, storytellers have always had an important role, relaying culture, traditions, and history. This is what defines us." says Yuguda.
She adds, "Today, journalists are taking on that responsibility. To bring African stories to a global BBC audience is a huge honour. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue the work of the previous winners of the Komla Dumor Award, Nancy Kacungira and Didi Akinyelure."
Yuguda aims to challenge preconceived stereotypes by asking questions that provide clarity, unlock insights, and have the potential to deepen understanding.
Francesca Unsworth, director of BBC World Service Group and deputy director of news and current affairs, says, "The BBC World News Komla Dumor Award was established to recognise and empower Africa’s leading talent in journalism."
Unsorth adds, "Komla was highly respected. Not only among his peers, but also by audiences across the continent and beyond. 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."
The award was set up in honour of presenter Komla Dumor who died in January 2014. It aims to continue Komla’s legacy by celebrating African journalism and finding exceptional talent.
The judging panel consisted of Rachael Akidi, editor of the BBC's Focus on Africa radio programme; Paul Royall, editor of BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten in the United Kingdom; and Khadija Patel, editor-in-chief of South Africa's Mail & Guardian newspaper.
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