Ghanaian TV Presenter and Journalist Paa Kwesi Asare has won the 2023 BBC News Komla Dumor Award. 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 TV3 where he has worked for seven years. The award was created to honour 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. Asare 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.