Larry Madowo on Tuesday September 1 could not hide his excitement after learning that his former screen partner when he was at NTV, Victoria Rubadiri will join him at British media giant BBC.
“What excellent news to wake up to, Victoria Rubadiri! I can’t think of anyone more deserving than my old partner in crime. Congratulations and welcome!” praised Madowo in his tweet.
Victoria Rubadiri who is currently working at Royal Media Group’s Citizen TV won the BBC World News Komla Dumor award earlier on September 1.
Rubadiri is the sixth winner of the award, following in the footsteps of Solomon Serwanjja, Waihiga Mwaura, Amina Yuguda, Didi Akinyelure, and Nancy Kacungira.
She is the second Kenyan to win the award after her colleague, Citizen TV‘s Waihiga Mwaura in 2018.
Victoria Rubadiri will follow her former screen partner, Larry Madowo who is currently working for BBC.
Rubadiri will begin her three-month placement at the BBC by attending a training course with the BBC Academy before joining BBC News teams – across TV, radio, and online – which will provide her with the opportunity to gain skills and experience across BBC News platforms.
“I have known the news for a couple of months so the tough part was trying to keep it a secret. To get this validation is amazing! COVID-19 has delayed the training so it has been moved to next year,” she disclosed on Tuesday.
According to the BBC, Rubadiri impressed judges with her eloquence and passion for telling African stories on both traditional media platforms and social media.
‘Nairobi by bike‘ was one of the stories she submitted for the Komla Dumor Award.
Apart from hosting Citizen TV‘s prime time shows, Rubadiri is a multifaceted journalist in East Africa and has interviewed some of the leading names in politics and current affairs.
The award was created to honour Komla Dumor, a presenter for BBC World News, who died suddenly aged 41 in 2014.
“Komla was a well-rounded journalist whose style, though authoritative, was also compassionate, empathetic and uplifting. His ability to give the facts comprehensively, and yet still be attuned to his audience, was something I admired and a skill I seek to emulate,” commented Rubadiri at the time.
“I am excited at the prospect of learning new skills at the BBC to be able to connect with audiences locally, regionally and internationally, no matter on which platform the story is being told,” she added.
She impressed judges with her eloquence and passion for telling African stories on both traditional media platforms and social media.
“We’re delighted to have Victoria on board to bring her insights and passion to the BBC,” said Jamie Angus, Director of BBC World Service Group.
“Komla had the incredible ability to give stories from the continent global resonance, and also deliver it with familiarity and understanding. We’re looking forward to seeing Victoria embody that by bringing her perspectives to life,” he added.