Paa Kwesi Asare of Ghana receives the 2023 BBC News Komla Dumor Award.

The 2023 BBC News Komla Dumor Award has been given to Ghanaian journalist and TV host Paa Kwesi Asare.

The 36-year-old, like the late Komla Dumor, is the award’s seventh recipient and the first Ghanaian.

Asare is currently the head of business news at Ghana’s private TV3, where he previously served as one of the channel’s primary news anchors for seven years.

The award was established to remember Dumor, a BBC World News presenter who passed away unexpectedly in 2014 at the age of 41.

He had put in a lot of effort to show the world a more complex African story that reflected the continent’s self-assurance, sophistication, and entrepreneurship.

The assessors were pleased by Asare’s solid journalism and his capacity to concisely and compellingly convey difficult subjects.

Asare will spend three months working with BBC News teams in London on TV, radio, and online. Asare declared, “This is a turning point in my career and an opportunity I’ll seize with both hands.”

Leading BBC journalists will train and guide the Ghanaian broadcaster as well.

He will travel to an African nation as part of the placement to report on a story for the BBC’s international viewers.

Asare declared, “I feel extremely happy to have won the BBC News Komla Dumor Award.

This award is without a doubt the most desired by any journalist from Africa. Being considered worthy of filling Komla’s shoes is both a thrill and a huge privilege, as I highly appreciate his talent.

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