Decorated Citizen TV news anchor Victoria Rubadiri has been named the 2020 BBC World News Komla Dumor Award winner.
Rubadiri who becomes the sixth winner of the award will now be placed at the BBC in London for three months where later she will be joining the BBC News team on TV, radio, and online to horn her skill and gain more experience.
In an interview with BBC, an excited Rubadiri expressed her delight at joining the international media platform and be able to connect with audiences locally, regionally and internationally, no matter on which platform the story is being told.
“I am excited at the prospect of learning new skills at the BBC to be able to connect with audiences locally, regionally, and internationally, no matter on which platform the story is being told,” Rubadiri stated.
“Komla was a well-rounded journalist whose style, though authoritative, was also compassionate, empathetic, and uplifting. His ability to give the facts comprehensively, and yet still be attuned to his audience, was something I admired and a skill I seek to emulate,” Rubadiri added.
Victoria Rubadiri’s colleague and first Kenyan Komla Dumor Award winner Wahiga Mwaura on Tuesday 1 September in an interview with the TV station mentioned that he was happy the award was back in East Africa.
He went on to heap praise on Rubadiri stating that there no one else who deserved the award more than her.
“First of all let me say how happy I am to see that the Komla Dumor Award is back in East Africa where it’s been for the last 2 years.”
“I cannot think of a more deserving journalist than Victoria Rubadiri to be this year’s winner. When I heard about the announcement this morning, I just reflected on the story she did this Saturday on article 43 which talks about what rights Kenyans have in the constitution. Those are the people-driven stories that media houses should focus on,” he stated.
The award was created in honor of Komla Dumor, a BBC presenter who passed away aged 41 in 2014. Rubadiri becomes the second Kenyan to win the award.