Ugandan award winning TV personality, Nancy Kacungira is now anchoring live news bulletins on BBC News which is a mainstream platform with an even bigger audience.
The acclaimed presenter who has worked on radio and TV in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania for more than 10 years, revealed over the weekend that she felt great to be trusted with the new responsibility.
“The first week of each month, when I’m not out and about filming ‘In Business Africa’, I’ll be presenting live news bulletins on BBC News,” Kacungira posted on her Facebook.
“Live bulletins on a 24hour news channel are so unpredictable compared to doing set programmes – anything can happen! It feels great to be trusted with this responsibility and I’m so pleased it’s gone well so far!,” she added.
She has since been receiving warm feedback from her audience, especially those in Uganda. Many say she has made a significant leap in quite a short while and has effortlessly managed to present so aptly.
I always get elated by a Ugandan flying our flag on the international stage. Watching @kacungira reading news on BBC tv right now. I have always known she works for the BBC, but had never watched her live. Makes me immensely happy. CPM
— Charles Peter Mayiga (@cpmayiga) September 6, 2019
— Joseph Zikusooka, Jr (@jzikusooka) September 7, 2019
— BRIAN MUHWEZI (@brian256ug) September 8, 2019
— Sethakgi MaComms Kgomo (@MacommsKgomo) September 8, 2019
She has previously reported and also anchored the Focus on Africa program for the BBC.
‘In Business Africa’, the new show she presents every Friday on BBC World News looks at the major economic trends shaping the continent.
Nancy won the inaugural BBC World News Komla Dumor Award in 2015, and the Women For Africa International Award in 2016 for her work in challenging stereotypes and misconceptions
She is a champion of diversity, balance and nuance in narratives about Africa. Her stance has often been that the African story must be told by the Africans themselves which she says is the only way to avoid skewed narrative.
Recognised as one of Uganda’s most influential women of 2017, Nancy has presented on some of the world’s biggest platforms including TedX, the World Economic Forum and was co-host for Uganda’s first ever Presidential Debate in 2016.
She holds a Master’s degree in International Communications from the University of Leeds.
Also an entrepreneur, Nancy co-founded with her sister Seanice Kacungira, the Blu Flamingo digital agency, which now operates in four African countries.