“Nancy is incredibly smart with a breadth and depth to her knowledge and experience that comes across instantly.”
Both an entrepreneur and an award-winning journalist, Nancy Kacungira is a Tanzanian-born Ugandan who combines a unique set of skills and experiences. Nancy began her media career as a radio presenter while still in University, working her way up from intern to Deputy Program Director by the time she received her first class degree. Nancy thereafter earned her Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the University of Leeds, where she graduated with distinction.
In 2010 Nancy and her sister set up Blu Flamingo; a digital media management company that has now grown to service an impressive roster of clients including banks, telecom providers and FMCG corporations in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Nigeria. Blu Flamingo prioritises identifying, training and mentoring young people with an interest in digital technologies, equipping them with skills to do freelance work that can earn them a living.
In 2012 Nancy left her part-time job in radio and began her TV career as a news anchor at NTV Uganda. She was selected the following year to host the Uganda chapter of President Obama’s Town Hall with Young African Leaders, which was conducted via satellite in a broadcast that reached millions of people. Nancy joined Kenya’s most authoritative news channel, KTN, as a news anchor in December 2013. Her hallmark has been to pursue and create spaces for conversations about entrepreneurship and leadership. Nancy is also a US State Department 2013 Professional Fellow, and a 2010 Uganda Young Achievers Award finalist.
In 2015 Nancy made history when she was announced the winner of the first ever BBC World News Komla Dumor Award, a continent-wide competition aimed at “celebrating African journalism and finding exceptional talent.” During her 3 month tenure at the BBC in London as part of the award, Nancy made significant contributions to a conversation she is entirely passionate about – narratives about Africa. These included a 3-part TV and radio series on migration to Africa that was broadcast to the BBC’s 308 million viewers across the world, a web article on “Telling the African Story” that was shared millions of times on social media, and a well-received TED talk at TEDxEuston on changing the narrative on Africa into a dialogue. Nancy was also selected as a speaker at the 2015 Emerge conference at Oxford University where she contributed to discussions around leveraging mobile technology in Africa.
Nancy made history again in January 2016 when she was selected as a moderator for Uganda’s first ever presidential debate; a crucial political moment in the nation’s quest to deepen democracy. The debate was watched by millions across the region, and its hashtag became only the second Ugandan hashtag to make it to the worldwide Twitter trend list. She is also the recipient of the Women For Africa 2016 International Influencer award.
Nancy Kacungira’s most apparent and consistent traits are her fierce love for the African continent, and her unwavering determination to contribute to the building of a collective consciousness that will nurture effective leadership for positive change in Africa.