Didi Akinyelure, 2016 winner of BBC World News Komla Dumor Award says young people must have more reasons to learn in this age where one can get information just about anything without necessarily getting into a classroom.
Having worked as an investment banker for 10 years, the Nigerian lady switched to journalism to pursue her dream to serve people of Africa better although journalism was totally a new arena to her.
She is a business news presenter and news anchor for CNBC in Nigeria and went on a 3-month placement at the BBC in September 2016 as winner of the Komla Dumor Award.
“Journalism was totally new to me but I had to learn a lot coming from a banking background.
“I believe in the saying that if you are given an opportunity to do something you don’t know, learn how to do it and do it.”
She appeals to young people in the wake of high unemployment rates to diversify in their careers saying diversity widens one’s options.
She cherishes her experience at BBC where she broadened her skills doing a lot of stories for the global news channel and was co-host with renowned journalist Akwasi Sarpong during BBC Africa debate on fake news and social media at Ryalls Hotel in Blantyre on wednesday.
“I am now more confident, I tell my story a lot better with simplicity and passion”, said the outgoing journalist who mostly spends her free time partying and attending to weddings.
The BBC World News Komla Dumor Award was introduced in 2015 in honour of Komla Dumor, a presenter for BBC World News, who died suddenly in 2014 at the age of 41.
Didi Akinyelure is the second winner of the award.