Ghana: Komla Dumor Is Gone!

Photo: Komla Dumor
Komla Dumor.

BBC and former host of Joy FM's Super Morning Show Komla Dumor has died. He died on Saturday morning in London after a short illness.

Komla Dumor was on set Friday evening when he hosted the BBC Focus of Africa programme. It was to be his last. He was only last week nominated to be the face of the BBC for the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

Family announces death

The Dumor, Gbeho and allied families with deep sorrow announce the passing of our beloved Komla Dumor today in London.

Komla, as is well known, has been BBC presenter and previously presented the Joy FM Super Morning Show. We are lost for words at Komla's passing. Further information will be provided in due course.

Achievement

The ace Ghanaian journalist, 2003 winner of the GJA Journalist of the year, hosted the Joy FM Super Morning Show for ten years before proceeding to the BBC in 2006.

He was the only West African news reader on the BBC World news until his death. Dumor achieved his feat in journalism without a journalism background. In 2009 Komla Dumor became the first host of Africa Business Report on BBC World News.

His unique voice, passion, and an incredible attention to detail catapulted him to higher heights in journalism. He had interviewed some of the greatest world leaders, including former US president Bill Clinton, Bill Gates and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

Education

Komla Dumor was born on 3 October 1972 in Accra, Ghana. He studied medicine but he changed course and graduated from the University of Ghana with a BSc in Sociology and Psychology and from Harvard University with an MA in Public Administration.

He was married to Kwansema Dumor, with whom he had three children. He was 41.

Tributes

From the BBC

BBC TV presenter Komla Dumor has died suddenly at his home in London at the age of 41, it has been announced. Ghana-born Dumor was a presenter for BBC World News and its Focus on Africa programme.

One of Ghana's best-known journalists, he joined the BBC as a radio broadcaster in 2007 after a decade of journalism in Ghana.

BBC Global News Director Peter Horrocks called Dumor a leading light of African journalism who would be deeply missed.

"Komla's many friends and colleagues across Africa and the world will be as devastated as we are by this shocking news," Mr. Horrocks said in a statement. "The sympathies of all his colleagues at the BBC are with his family and friends."

Mahama mourns Dumor

It is with great shock and profound sadness that I learned of the sudden death of one of the most illustrious sons of Ghana, the internationally-acclaimed BBC TV broadcaster, Komla Afeke Dumor.

Komla was a hardworking, dedicated and consummate professional, who blazed a trail, from his days of great success as Ghana's most popular broadcaster with Joy-FM in Accra, where he won the Ghana Journalist of the Year award, to his inspiring rise at the BBC in London.

He always sought every opportunity to share his deep passion for Ghana's success. He called on me during his last visit to Accra and we discussed varied issues relating to Ghana and Africa. He invited me to take better advantage of BBC's strategic reach to project the positive achievements Ghanaians are chalking.

In his passing, Ghana, Africa and indeed the world have lost a great, dedicated and wonderful human being and world broadcaster.

On behalf of my Government and the people of Ghana, I wish to express my deepest sympathies and condolences to his wife, Kwansema and the children and also to his father, Professor Ernest Dumor, his siblings Mawuena and Korshie the entire family. May his soul rest in peace.

President John Kufuor

President Kufuor told the BBC the news is "so shocking. He was only 41 and looked so fit. It is unbelievable that such a thing will happen to him now."

Asked if he listened to him on Joy FM, President Kufuor said "I knew him and at a point I asked him to serve on a board for the youth," he revealed, an appointment which Komla is believed to have turned down.

"He was a social person, always with a smile and quite polite to the society. A bright broadcaster with great promise but who has been cut off midstream," President Kufuor stated.

Bawumia Pays Tribute

It was with great sadness that I learnt about the passing of Komla Dumor. It is unbelievable. I kept hoping someone would come to say it was not true.

My thoughts go out to his family. This is so devastating for all of us but we can only imagine what his family is going through at the moment.

This life can be so cruel. Why do such good people die so young? However, we cannot question God. He knows best.

William Shakespeare reminds us that "Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more".

Ghana has lost a great representative on the global media landscape who had already achieved so much in his young life. Komla made every Ghanaian proud. The world has lost a kind human being. May his soul Rest In Perfect Peace.

NDC Mourns

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has received with shock the death of Komla Dumor, a Ghanaian broadcaster with the BBC.

The NDC saw him as a committed broadcaster, with an unquestionable urge to pursue the cardinal principles of his profession - "loyalty to the people".

This zeal to defend the people was vividly demonstrated in his expression, "for the benefit of our listeners".

Condolence book opened

A book of condolence has been opened in honour of the late Komla Dumor at his family residence in Accra from where close family members, friends have begun pouring in to sign.

The family in a statement signed by Esther Cobbah stated: "The Dumor, Gbeho and allied families with deep sorrow announce the passing of our beloved Komla Dumor today in London."

A book of condolence has since been opened, Sunday. Tens of friends and family members have already signed the book, with the number expected to increase later in the day.

Former Head of Marketing at MTN George Andah, Sam Attah Mensah of Citi FM, former CEO of Kotoko, Herbert Mensah, Takyi Micah, and a very strong representation from the Catholic Church were all present to sign the book of condolence.

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