‘I was screaming and shouting!’ Waihiga Mwaura opens up on BBC award win

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Citizen TV journalist Waihiga Mwaura has finally spoken following his BBC Komla Dumor award win yesterday. 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.

The Prime time news anchor and reporter is the fourth winner of the award, after Ugandan Nancy Kacungira won the inaugural prize in 2015, followed by Nigerians Didi Akinyelure and Amina Yuguda. He was on holiday with his wife when the news broke to him.

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” I was actually on holiday with my wife and we had just checked into our hotel. Immediately I opened my laptop I saw am Email from the BBC and started chatting with them but I initially thought the chat was for another interview. Immediately they told me In was the winner, I was screaming and shouting all over with happiness,” He said.

The award was created to honour Komla Dumor, a presenter for BBC World News, who died suddenly aged 41 in 2014 and Waihiga was quick to heap praise on the man whom he terms as his mentor.

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”Komla Dumor means a lot to me, our backgrounds are quite similar because we both did not have a traditional Journalism background but still fought our way through driven by our passion. He is a mentor and it is not a surprise that we are still talking about him four years after he passed on. I am humbled,” he added.

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