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Ghanaian journalist, Komla Adom joins BBC News Pidgin Service

Ghanaian journalist Komla Adom

Ghanaian journalist, Komla Adom has joined the BBC news pidgin service as a senior journalist.

Komla Adom who resigned from Media General, operators of TV3 and 3FM in May this year, now takes up the new role with one of the forty-three language services of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) worldwide.

Headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, BBC News pidgin set up sometime in 2017, was to meet the growing needs of the over about 75 million pidgin-speaking people in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Equatorial Guinea.

The BBC included pidgin to add to the Igbo, Hausa and Yuroba language services in Africa’s most populous country.

BBC News pidgin primarily tells stories in pidgin to its audiences across digital platforms, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (now X) and its website.

For his role as senior journalist, Komla would be responsible for reporting on happenings in Ghana to the service’s audiences.

In a statement announcing his new appointment, the multiple award-winning journalist noted “it is a new journey I begin with excitement and I know there are already high expectations of me.”

Komla, who previously worked with the multimedia group limited (JOYNEWS/Joy FM), sees this as “a fresh challenge he is willing to embrace”.

The BBC news pidgin senior journalist who describes the move as a step up, would be expected to “curate news and other content for the service’s digital platforms.”

Komla Adom has actively worked in the Ghanaian media space for nearly eight years in various capacities.

Before he joined TV3 and 3FM as a producer and anchor in 2020, he was a reporter and presenter at JOYNEWS and JOY FM where he won the Ghana journalists association award for education reporting with special focus on child protection.

During his time at media general, he was morning news anchor on 3FM, host of midday news on TV3 and also produced many documentaries and feature stories.

One of those documentaries earned him a shortlist at the West African Media Excellence Awards (WAMECA) in 2022.

Another piece won him the human rights journalist of the year at the 2023 edition of the same West Africa Media Excellence Awards, held this month.

Komla also placed fourth at the 2022 United Nations reporting on the crises of inequality in Africa.

Komla Adom also had stints with ETV Ghana, where he cut his teeth in journalism from the Ghana Institute of journalism (now UNIMAC-IJ) and Ghana armed forces radio (Radio GAF) in 2014.

The announcement of his new appointment with the BBC News pidgin service ends months of speculation from some quarters over his next move after his media general exit.

There had been pockets of conversations linking the experienced journalist to a shock return to the multimedia group and media general, months after he officially announced his resignation from the Kanda-based media giant in May.

Komla now takes over from Favour Nunoo, who worked in the role of senior journalist with the BBC news pidgin service for at least five years.

Favour, has since been elevated and re-assigned to a role with BBC Africa.

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