Media General gifts Paa Kwesi Asare $10k for winning 2023 BBC News Komla Dumor Award
The management of Media General has rewarded Paa Kwesi Asare, a television news presenter with TV3 with $10,000 for winning the 2023 BBC News Komla Dumor Award.
Presenting the cheque to him after the News 360 on TV3 on Monday, August 21, a member of the Board of Directors, Norkor Duah, “you brought honour to this company and to Ghana, to have won this award is just by God’s grace.
“For seven years you have grown into the sort of person who deserves to be given this award, congratulations. We know with your period with BBC you are going to shine, the sky is your limit.”
After receiving the cheque, Paa Kwesi Asare said “I also want to say a big thank you for reposing so much confidence in me.”
As part of the award, Paa Kwesi will spend three months working with BBC News teams in London across television, radio, and online. He will be given the opportunity to further develop his journalism skills through training, workshops, and mentoring with leading BBC journalists.
The award was created in 2015 to honour the memory of Komla Dumor, a presenter for BBC World News who was known for his commitment to reporting African stories comprehensively and authentically.
The 36-year-old is the eighth recipient of the award and the first to come from Ghana, like the late Komla Dumor.
Asare is currently the head of business news at Ghana's private TV3 channel, where he has worked for seven years as one of its main news anchors.
The award was created to honour Komla Dumor, a presenter for BBC World News, who died suddenly aged 41 in 2014.
He had worked tirelessly to bring a more nuanced African narrative to the world, representing a confident, savvy and entrepreneurial side of Africa.
The judges were impressed by Asare's strong journalism and his ability to explain complex topics compellingly and clearly.
"This for me is a watershed moment in my career and an opportunity I'll grab with both hands," said Asare, who will spend three months working with BBC News teams in London across TV, radio and online.
The Ghanaian broadcaster will also receive training and be mentored by leading BBC journalists.
As part of the placement, he will travel to a country in Africa to report on a story that will be broadcast to the BBC's global audiences.
"I feel very elated to have won the BBC News Komla Dumor Award," Asare said.
"This is arguably the most prestigious award for any African journalist. Komla's talent is one that I greatly admired and to be found worthy of walking in his shoes is not only a joy but also a great privilege."
Previous award recipients are Dingindaba Jonah Buyoya, Victoria Rubadiri, Solomon Serwanjja, Waihiga Mwaura, Amina Yuguda, Didi Akinyelure and Nancy Kacungira, the inaugural winner.
Last year, Buyoya travelled to the Seychelles to report on how the country's ocean plants can help tackle climate change.