2nd Ugandan Journalist Wins The 2019 BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.

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Serwanjja Solomon the investigative Journalist, news anchor covering Live at 9 at NBS Tv  Uganda and 5 ACME awards winner, has scooped the 5th BBC World News Komla Dumor Award after fellow Ugandan journalist Nancy Kacungira.

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Solomon has become famous for producing award-winning reports, including one for BBC’s Africa Eye program about the illegal sale of prescription drugs.

He is a well-known journalist and his passion for investigative journalism highlighted his desire to make a positive change in his native Uganda.

This award was created to honor Komla Dumor, a presenter for BBC World News, who died suddenly aged 41, therefore, his legacy has lived on with journalists following in his footsteps; with the likes of Waihiga Mwaura, Amina Yuguda and Didi Akinyelure.

As part of the prize, he will spend three months at the BBC in London and travel back to the continent to report on a story there.

Solomon is highly inspired by the late Dumlo Komla saying that he brought so much to the African narrative, as he believed Africa was rising and that the world needed to see the continent from a different view.

“His reports always struck a chord with me, and I feel the same passion for our continent that he demonstrated. I want to continue his legacy by telling stories that cast a spotlight not only on the critical challenges we face in Africa but also the progress and successes that have been made.” He spoke in admiration.

Serwanjja has impressed young Ugandan journalists and judges with not only with his eloquence and passion for telling African stories but also with his commitment and bravery considering the recent arrests while covering a story; selflessly covering what’s in the public interest even when it affected his family.

BBC World Service Group has done this with an aim of recognizing and empowering of Africa’s leading talent in journalism, in honor of Komla, is really important.

“Komla’s reporting made a huge impact with audiences all over the world, and we’re excited to have Solomon at the BBC, to harness Komla’s commitment to telling African stories.” Jamie Angus director of BBC World Service said.

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