At 25-years-old, Buyoya is the youngest recipient of the award; he is also the first winner from Southern Africa.
Buyoya is currently a TV host and reporter with Diamond Television in Zambia, where he started in 2017.
Buyoya is the seventh winner of the award. Previous winners are Victoria Rubadiri, Solomon Serwanjja, Waihiga Mwaura, Amina Yuguda, Didi Akinyelure, and Nancy Kacungira. The runner-up for this year’s prize is Ivory Coast’s Lindsay Aida Guei, who presents her own talk show on Canal+Elles, an Africa-focused TV channel.
Buyoya will spend three months working with BBC News teams in London across television, radio and online. He will have the opportunity to sharpen his journalism skills through training, workshops, and mentorship with leading
BBC journalists. As part of the placement, he will travel to a country in Africa to report on a story that will be broadcast to the BBC’s global audiences.