Amina Yuguda, a news presenter on local network Gotel Television, has reported some high-profile stories including the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northern-eastern part of the country.
The award was created in memorial of one of BBC’s presenter, Komla Dumor, who died suddenly aged 41 in 2014.
Speaking of her win, Ms Yuguda said it was a “huge honour”.
“I was overwhelmed with joy. Storytellers have always had an important role in Africa. This is what defines us. Today, journalists are taking on that responsibility.”
Yuguda will start a three-month placement at the BBC in London in September.
She impressed the panel with her story-telling and her ability to convey complex ideas in a way that resonates with a wide audience.
Working with the BBC is a great excitement for her as she is very excited, given her understanding of the corporation’s impact among pastoralists in her hometown, in her application she said: “With little or no formal education, my countrymen can hold their own in a variety of topics, including the Trump presidency in America, North Korea’s defiance, Russia’s foreign relations under Putin, and more.”
Speaking of her victory, BBC World Service Group Director Francesca Unsworth said Yuguda was a worthy winner:
“To find someone who possesses many of Komla’s qualities is something for us to celebrate, and we are very excited about working with Amina.” Previous winners of the Komla Dumor Award were Ugandan news anchor Nancy Kacungira and Nigerian business journalist Didi Akinyelure.
First seen on BBC Africa.