Komla Dumor Award 2019: Seeking a rising star of African journalism

BBC World News Komla Dumor Award 2019: Seeking a rising star of African journalism

The BBC is seeking a rising star of African journalism for the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award, now in its fifth year. 

Journalists from across the continent are invited to apply for the award, which aims to uncover and promote fresh talent from Africa. 

The winner will spend three months at the BBC headquarters in London, gaining skills and experience. 

Applications close on 26 February 2019 at 23:59 GMT.

The award was established to honour Komla Dumor, an exceptional Ghanaian broadcaster and presenter for BBC World News, who died suddenly aged 41 in 2014.

This year’s award is being launched from the Nigerian city of Lagos.

It will be made to an outstanding individual living and working in Africa, who combines strong journalism skills, on-air flair, and an exceptional talent in telling African stories with the ambition and potential to become a star of the future.

As well as spending time with the BBC in London, the winner will also get to travel to Africa to report a story – and have that story shared across the continent and the world.

Previous winners:

  • 2015: Nancy Kacungira from Uganda
  • 2016: Didi Akinyelure from Nigeria
  • 2017: Amina Yuguda from Nigeria
  • 2018: Waihiga Mwaura from Kenya

Kenyan journalist Waihiga Mwaura won last year’s award and reported from Togo for his main project about young innovators turning e-waste into 3D printers and robots.

Waihiga said that you could always sense “the passion in the way Komla told the African story”.

“His will to change the narrative about Africa was one of the reasons he stood out amongst other international broadcasters,” the 2018 award winner said.

“I feel the placement at the BBC – working with Komla’s friends and colleagues – has helped me to continue Komla’s remarkable work, and I look forward to a day when more African journalists of the calibre of Komla will be able to tell unique African stories from different outlets around the world.”Ahead of the inaugural award, Komla Dumor’s former colleagues reflected on the broadcaster’s talent

Waihiga will take part in the 2019 launch event, chairing a debate for the BBC World Service about the power of young Nigerians in the forthcoming elections.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Jamie Angus, director of the BBC World Service Group, said: 

“In an era when impartial and factual journalism has never mattered more, it’s important that we look to the journalists who know, understand and can contextualise African stories for global audiences so that we can offer a full picture of what’s happening across the continent. 

“All of the previous winners have shown they’re exceptional journalists, and have brought insights in to how to improve engagement with local audiences.

“We’re very pleased to be continuing Komla’s legacy and are looking forward to finding another outstanding journalist from the continent.”

  • To see if you are eligible for the role and to apply, click here
  • You can also spread the word on social media using the hashtag #BBCKomlaAward.

Environmental Justice Fellowship, Natural Justice

The Natural Justice Programme in Kenya is offering an opportunity for those seeking to learn about environmental justice in Kenya.  

The Environmental Justice Fellowship offers an exciting opportunity to young, up and coming Kenyan professionals who are passionate about supporting communities in securing rights to their lands, resources and knowledge. The EJ Fellows will be introduced to a broad spectrum of issues within environmental and human rights law and provided hands-on experience and training in research, legal empowerment, data collection and analysis, public interest litigation, analysis on laws and regulations, and advocacy. Throughout the Fellowship, the fellows will have the opportunity to spend time and work directly with communities, community-based organizations and community paralegals. At the completion of the Fellowship, each fellow will submit a research report on a topic of interest within the environmental justice area. 

The Fellowships will run for 10 months with a modest salary offered.

Deadline: Friday the 22nd of February at 5pm East African Time.

The call for applications can be found at this link and also attached to this email:https://naturaljustice.org/job/environmental-justice-fellowship-kenya/

If you could please share amongst your networks.

Campaign training from Mobilization Lab, Nairobi, September

Are you looking to build more powerful campaigns in 2019 with people power truly at the heart? What about more innovative and creative campaign concepts to engage your key audiences? Do you struggle to align your teams to work collaboratively and responsively?


You’re not alone. In 2018 MobLab surveyed and interviewed 100 changemakers across 38 countries and six continents, and found that these are needs that cut across the sector.

That’s why we developed the Campaign Accelerator back in 2016, and it’s why we’ve continued improving it ever since. It’s for anyone who wants to lead a team through a dynamic, participatory campaign planning process – an effective and innovative way to take your campaign idea from initial concept to concrete reality.

By the end of the five-day programme, you’ll know tried and true processes for guiding a project team to plan a campaign in a way that’s grounded in audience insights, creative and tested ideas that address the challenge, and a systems-based understanding of the problem and possible solutions. You will walk away with approaches and tools for radical collaboration that can be taken home and used with your teams long after the training week ends.

Apply for one of THREE global trainings today in New York City (Apr 1-5), London (May 20-24), or Nairobi (Sept 16-20).
The 5 campaign accelerator modules you’ll work through in the training.
Not sure if it’s right for you? Here’s what a few participants have said after past trainings:
 “The training really inspired us to rethink how we create change… Day by day I’m seeing differences in the way our teams are working together.” – Marina Navaro, Executive Director, Amnesty International Peru
 “The campaign accelerator process was perfect for coalition working. The workshop model took our diverse group out of their comfort zones and moved us quickly through the creative process.” – Sam Kennedy, Save the Children
The Accelerator is in use right now in planning processes at groups like Amnesty International, UNICEF, Greenpeace, International Accountability Project, and more.

If you have a campaign that needs something extra, or a team who you’d like to introduce to new ways of working, please apply NOW for our NYCLondon, or Nairobi trainings!

Please note: We have a sliding scale for costs, based on organisational budget, as we want to make sure that’s not a barrier for anyone.

Excited to accelerate your campaigns,
Ben Simon and the MobLab team

P.S. Want a more tailored experience? Bring us in for a bespoke campaign planning workshop or organisational change coaching.

Call to Francophone African researchers & writers with women’s rights / feminist perspective, WoMin

WoMin, launched in October 2013, is an African women and extractives alliance, which works alongside movements, popular organisations and NGOs to evidence the impacts of extractives (mining, oil and gas extraction and related large scale infrastructure) on women; build women’s movements to challenge destructive extractivism; and propose development alternatives that respond to the needs of the majority of African women. WoMin has galvanized a powerful alliance bridging 11 countries across Africa. Four of these are Francophone: Madagascar, the DRC, Burkina Faso, and Senegal.

We are looking to expand our work in Francophone West Africa in the next eighteen months. WoMin undertakes research in partnership with allies in country. Our research addresses a range of themes – the right to give or withhold consent for large scale development projects; extractivism militarization and violence against women; and energy and climate change.

With this email we issue a wide call to Francophone African researchers and writers, who carry a women’s rights or feminist perspective, to express your interest in working with WoMin and its allies. We regularly contract for research at the national, sub-regional and regional level and are in great need of researchers who share our interests and our analysis. We realise that our areas of focus are quite unusual for women’s rights/feminist activists and so we are open to receiving EOIs from researchers who work in related areas or have a specific interest in building knowledge in our field.

Applicants would need to be fluent in both French and English.

Please note that WoMin does not work to advance women’s employment or interests in large scale mining. We work with women impacted by large mines who suffer land grabs, air and water pollution, destroyed livelihoods and increased violence. We are starting to explore the question of artisanal mining in which women are significantly represented.

Please share your CV and a brief indication of why you would like to undertake research for the WoMin alliance. Your emails should be directed to Georgine Kengne georgine.kengne@womin.org.za, copied to Samantha Hargreaves Samantha.hargreaves@womin.org.za.

Our deadline is close of day Monday 4 February 2019.

French and English links:



Event: Future of Entertainment by Blinky Bill, Thursday 31 Jan

Future of Entertainment by Blinky Bill

Technology is changing the way content is created, delivered and consumed. All this with the aim of creating a new and better experience for you.

Our main question is how can the sustainable flow of information and content inform, entertain and educate while empowering the society?

Join us on the 31st of Jan 2019 where the amazing and talented Musician/Producer/DJ Blinky Bill will lead us in the conversation around the Future Of Entertainment.

RSVP HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScd8KsloctpRT5E5U1AInHpAuxmL8lDa93v8_6OWtltD7fjzQ/viewform?fbzx=5895889081437118079

About Speaker

Blinky Bill (Sellanga Ochieng’) is a Musician/Producer and DJ based in Nairobi. He is a TED fellow, Red Bull Music Academy alumni and a participant at the US state funded one Beat Program. He is a founding member of Electronic and Arts Collective ‘Just A Band’ with whom he has produced 3 albums.

He is currently working on his solo career and has 2 solo projects ‘We Cut Keys While You Wait (2016)’ and his latest release ‘Everyone’s Just Winging it and Other Fly Tales (2018)’ which has received rave reviews including a 4 star rating in the revered MOJO magazine.

His music is a mix of futuristic African beats meets, funk, hip hop, electronica and hint of Jazz.

Some of the festivals Blinky Bill has performed:

– SummerStage Festival 2012 (NYC)
– Leipzig Film Festival
– Cape Town Jazz Festival 2018
– Disobedience Awards (2018) MIT
– Design Indaba Festival (2017) Cape Town

Remote job: part-time communications, The Engine Room

Global team looking for part-time communications support

  • Role: Part-time Remote Communications Assistant
  • Start date: Immediately
  • Deadline: 28 Jan
  • Size of contract: 2 – 3 days per week


About Us

The Engine Room is a nonprofit organisation with staff around the world who support civil society in their strategic use of data and technology.

We are looking for a self-motivated contractor to provide part-time support (approx 16-24 hrs/week) to our communications team.

The Engine Room is a global team and we actively seek diverse perspectives, experiences and voices in all areas of our team and in our work. Our organisation prioritizes empathy, respect, humility, flexibility, fun and a healthy work-life balance. We highly encourage individuals from all areas of the world, backgrounds, experiences and identities to apply. We are entirely remote which means we don’t have a physical office anywhere and all our staff and contractors work remotely, including this consultancy.

About You

You thrive in working on diverse projects (in our case they’re focused on transparency and accountability, to human rights, to environmental justice). You are flexible, curious, and interested in tech, data or social justice. You have strong writing skills, and at least some communications experience. This could take the form of supporting an organisation with their social media outreach, research or academic work, working with student (or other similar) newspapers, ghostwriting or blog publishing, developing visual collateral for companies, and more.

Specifically, you:

  • Understand complex concepts and are able to make them simple/accessible
  • Are detail-oriented and able to prioritise which details need the most attention
  • Are capable of self-motivating, creating first drafts with information at-hand and iterating multiple times to hit the right tone
  • Are a quick, eager learner who isn’t afraid to tackle something new
  • Are excited to bring creative problem solving skills and experiment with different approaches
  • Have a keen eye for what voice/tone a piece of writing (from tweets to emails to reports) should have, with good interpersonal communication skills
  • Are able to work at least half of your weekly hours overlapping with 11am-3pm EST
  • Have experience in human rights, technology, international development or related fields (this isn’t a must)

About the Role

The Communications Assistant takes direction from The Engine Room’s Communications Manager to execute tasks that support our communications efforts, ensuring they are are effective, responsible and timely. Overall, this means supporting our ongoing communications (e.g. Twitter, newsletters and website) and providing ad hoc project support (e.g. in the form of editing and designing). 


  • Guided by existing processes, identify content that is useful to our Twitter followers and draft tweets that keep our presence up-to-date and relevant
  • Post completed blog posts on our website (over time, this could expand to include editing responsibilities as well)
  • Draft external and internal newsletters on a monthly basis
  • Execute outreach activities around launches of research, projects and recruitment announcements
  • Implement basic updates on our website (e.g. changes that would require proficiency in WordPress or basic HTML/CSS)
  • Produce presentation and workshop materials from reports or other long/complex content
  • Review and collect visitor analytics on our website(s) and present weekly reports to Communications Manager

Skills this role requires:

  • Excellent English language writing skills (by this we mean you can make complex concepts accessible, keep your reader engaged and interested, modulate the voice you’re using as needed and have opinions about commas)
  • Experience developing social media content (especially on Twitter)
  • At least basic understanding of WordPress, HTML, CSS (you should be comfortable posting and editing blog posts and basic website content)
  • Copy editing skills
  • Knowledge of Mailchimp or similar platform
  • Communication design skills (you should be able to create nice-looking layouts for reports, graphics for Twitter and/or effective and eye-pleasing presentations)

Other skills that would be nice but aren’t required:

  • Additional design skills (graphic design, illustration, web design, etc)
  • Proficiency using Adobe suite products, or similar
  • Experience effectively and responsibly using website analytics to track impact
  • Additional language proficiencies (especially Spanish)


  • Part-time Communications Assistant
  • Independent contractor contract, 1 year with possibility of renewal
  • Approximately 40-60% (16-24 hours per week)
  • Compensation approximately 175 – 200 USD per day depending on skills and experience
  • Immediate start date
  • Fast, reliable internet is essential


Please include a one-page cover letter that covers:

  1. What is most appealing to you about this role, please be specific
  2. What motivates you
  3. What work experience of yours is most relevant to this role.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Job: Deputy Editor, African Arguments

Vacancy: Deputy Editor


  • Start date: April/May
  • Location: A hub in Africa, or London
  • Contract: 4 days/week; fixed-term contract (two years)
  • Salary: $28-32,000/year (pro rata) based on experience
  • Deadline: 10 February 2019 (11:59pm)

African Arguments seeks a driven, passionate and experienced journalist and editor to expand and deepen its coverage. The Deputy Editor will work with the Editor to commission writers, edit articles, and support fundraising activities. They will be part of a two-person team and have a wide remit to help drive the focus and themes of the magazine.

African Arguments is a pan-African platform for news, investigation and opinion. We seek to analyse issues facing the continent, investigate the stories that matter, and amplify a diversity of voices. While big news organisations break the news, African Arguments breaks down the news. We do this through our extensive network of predominantly African journalists, researchers and commentators…

We examine the major events making the headlines – adding much-needed nuance, complexity and context – while at the same time shining a light on under-covered issues some would rather were kept in the dark. We cover topics related to politics, economics, gender, the environment, culture, social affairs and much more.

African Arguments is a programme of the Royal African Society, a London-based membership organisation that provides opportunities for people to connect, celebrate and engage critically with a wide range of topics and ideas about Africa today.

Job Description

  • Work with the editor to determine the magazine’s weekly, monthly and annual focus and themes.
  • Expand African Arguments’ pool of contributors and experts.
  • Commission contributors to write analysis, features, interviews etc, working with them closely to develop ideas and angles.
  • Meticulously fact-check and edit articles, ensuring they meet African Arguments’ high editorial standards and principles.
  • Upload content along with appropriate artwork, including photographs, graphics, charts etc.
  • Write occasional articles and editorial content.
  • Contribute to African Arguments’ social media output.
  • Keep up to date with news events happening across the continent, while deepening longer-term areas of expertise and interest.
  • Support African Arguments’ fundraising goals by identifying suitable trusts and foundations, helping write grant applications, and exploring other ideas for ensuring the magazine’s long-term sustainability.

Person Specification


  • At least three years of experience in an editing role in journalism, ideally with a regional or continental focus.
  • Strong editing skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent writing ability and fluency
  • Demonstrable knowledge and interest in African current affairs
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational and project management skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a small team
  • IT competence and previous experience of online publishing programme
  • Good knowledge of using social media platforms
  • Ability to work remotely if required
  • Commitment to the values and ethos of African Arguments


  • Proficiency in French
  • Experience setting and managing budgets
  • Experience of fundraising and writing grant proposals

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV with a covering letter outlining why you think you are suitable for this position to James Wan at editor@africanarguments.org.

The covering letter should not be more than 1,000 words long and should demonstrate your suitability for the job using examples of relevant skills and experience. Among other things, the cover letter is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your clear, succinct and persuasive writing abilities.

The closing date for applications is 11:59pm on Sunday, 10 February 2019. If shortlisted, you will be notified by Thursday 14 February.

NB. Due to the large number of applications we expect to receive, we will not be able to give feedback to unsuccessful candidates.