Kampala- Former NTV Uganda news anchor Nancy Kacungira has won the first BBC World News Komla Dumor award, beating almost 200 other applicants.
The award was established to honour Komla Dumor, a Ghanian presenter for BBC World News, who died suddenly aged 41.
Currently, Kacungira is a news anchor for Kenya’s KTN television channel and is also the channel’s social media editor.
“I am stunned, but also ecstatic upon hearing this news. I am greatly honoured and humbled to be the winner of this award. I owe it to the continent that I fiercely love and I am dedicated to doing my bit to expand the often dogmatic and skewed narratives that have beleaguered us for so long,” she said in an interview with BBC.
She will spend three months at the BBC in London and also report from Africa for the BBC TV, radio and online.
There are two runners-up for the award: Leila Dee Dougan from South Africa and Paa Kwesi Asare from Ghana.
She is also a US State Department 2013 Professional Fellow, and a 2010 Uganda Young Achievers Award finalist.
She has more than 14 years of experience working across a range of media in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
Nancy Kacungira joined KTN as a news anchor in December 2013. She began her media career as a radio presenter while still at Makerere University, working her way up from an intern to Deputy Programme Director by the time she graduated.
She earned her Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the University of Leeds, where she graduated with distinction. In 2010, Kacungira co-founded Blu Flamingo; a digital media management company that she owns with her older sister Seanice Kacungira.
In 2012 she began her TV career as a news anchor at NTV Uganda, and was selected the following year to host the Uganda chapter of President Obama’s Town Hall with Young African Leaders, which was conducted between South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda via satellite in a broadcast that reached millions of people.