Amina Yuguda, a journalist from northern Nigeria is the winner of the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award 2017.
“When I got the call it was at work, my life changed from that point,” she told BBC in an interview.
The award promotes African talent and Amina will spend three months working at the BBC in London.
For the last five years she has been reporting from Yola, an area affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.
“The major challenge is being a female and people won’t respect a woman,” she said.
Amina wants to transform how African stories are told. “That’s the highest honour anyone can get.”
Komla Dumor was a journalist of Africa. His passion was to tell African stories to the world with honesty and integrity. It’s a legacy that the BBC wants to continue.
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— BBC Africa (@BBCAfrica) September 19, 2017
The winner of the BBC World News Komla Dumor award receives a once-in-a-lifetime training and development opportunity with the BBC in London, starting in early September 2017and running for three months.
Working with teams from across BBC News, the winner produces an African story for the BBC and have their story and their voice shared across the continent and the world.
They are supported by a high-level BBC mentor and attend courses run by the BBCs world-class training department, the BBC Academy.
The winner also receives 2,000 per month for the three month placement to cover their living expenses and a one-off payment of 5,000 as a contribution towards loss of salary in their home country.