Citizen TV’s investigative reporter and anchor Victoria Rubadiri has won the 2020 BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.
Rubadiri, known for her moving stories as a presenter, hosts a number of prime-time shows. She has since interviewed some of the leading names in both politics and current affairs.
The award was created to honor Komla Dumor, a presenter for BBC World News, who died suddenly aged 41 in 2014.
Rubadiri is the sixth winner of the award and the second Kenyan after Waihiga Mwaura also of Citizen TV.
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She impressed judges with her eloquence and passion for telling African stories on both traditional media platforms and social media.
“We’re delighted to have Victoria on board to bring her insights and passion to the BBC,” said Jamie Angus, Director of BBC World Service Group.
Vicky as she is always known across newsrooms and Kenyan homes will begin her three-month placement at the BBC in due course. She is scheduled to attend a training course with the BBC Academy.
Thereafter, she will join the BBC News teams across TV, radio and online geared towards helping her gain skills and experience across BBC News platforms.
According to Vicky, Komla was a well-rounded journalist whose style, though authoritative, was also compassionate, empathetic and uplifting.
“I am excited at the prospect of learning new skills at the BBC to be able to connect with audiences locally, regionally and internationally” she added.
In her personal life, Victoria Rubadiri moved to USA at the age of 10 where she became a loner due to culture shock. She got pregnant at the age of 18 but despite pressure of being a young parent, pursued her education and graduated with a journalism degree. Despite ups and down, Vicky has since built a successful media career not only in Africa but in the whole world.