Journalist Solomon Serwanjja joins a brief list of distinguished Ugandan journalists who have had the privilege of anchoring news on British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) based in London.
Serwanjja, who until the BBC gig worked at NBS Television, won the 2019 BBC World News Komla Dumor Award to earn himself a mentorship programme with the BBC.
As an investigative reporter, Serwanjja has worked on some of the most influential news reports in Uganda in recent times; most noticeably the story about the illegal sale of prescription drugs in government hospitals. This story was a collaboration with the BBC's Africa Eye programme.
According to the BBC, Serwanjja became the fifth winner of the Komla Dumor Award, following in the footsteps of Waihiga Mwaura, Amina Yuguda, Didi Akinyelure, and fellow Ugandan Nancy Kacungira.
"Today I make my debut as a guest anchor for the @BBCWorld Focus on Africa news program. See you at 17:30 GMT as we look at the big stories across the continent," Serwanjja tweeted a few hours before he went on air live.
Many African took to social media to congratulate Uganda who himself was elated to have achieved the feat. On air, he cut a pose unmoved by the bright lights of London, the expectations of the global broadcaster and delivered as expected.