Information reaching GhanaCelebrities.Com has it that, Ghanaian broadcast journalist-Komla Dumor of Focus on Africa, the BBC’s first-ever dedicated daily TV news programme in English for African audiences, broadcast on BBC World News is DEAD.
According to reports, Komla Dumor died at his London home from a heart attack (cardiac arrest)…
Komla who holds a BA in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Ghana, and an MPA from Harvard University was also one of the lead presenters for BBC World News’ European morning segment.
Komla joined the BBC in 2007 after a decade of broadcast journalism in his native Ghana where he won the Ghana Journalist of the Year award.
Between 2007 and 2009 he hosted Network Africa for BBC World Service, before joining The World Today programme.
In 2009 Komla became the first host of the African business news programme on BBC World News, Africa Business Report.
Komla Dumor was born in 1972…
Komla was married to Kwansema, with whom he had three children.
Tributes are pouring in, a confirmation that we’ve lost another great man—so soon!
Umaru Fofana, a colleague of Komla Dumor at the BBC confirmed the sad news on twitter, saying “BBC World loses an icon. Ghanaian born presenter Komla Dumor dies”.
He then added “What is it about this life that we hate and envy others, do evil to our fellow man and wish others knelt down before us, when we will die in the next moment. What? Why?”.
Former CEO OF Kumasi Asante Kotoko Herbert Mensah has also confirmed the death.The wife Herbert Mensah who is a neighbour to Dumor in London is said to have been present when the doctors pronounced the BBC presenter dead.
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.
Komla Dumor, a social media enthusiast had these as his last tweets;
Last year, Komla Dumor sat down with several of our Ghanaian Celebrities, giving them the needed vibrant platform to share what they do with the rest of the world…
In April 2013, Komla sat down with Menaye Donkor, Philanthropist/Model/Former Beauty Queen and wife of football star-Sulley Ali Muntari on BBC World News ‘Focus on Africa’, where she talked about her ‘Menaye Charity Organization’.
In June, 2013, Komla Dumor continued pushing a positive agenda for young Ghanaians seeking to make an impact with their works and talents by sitting down with Ghanaian actress-Yvonne Okoro on BBC’s Focus on Africa.
In February 2013, putting his excellent presentation skills into use, Komla Dumor told the Africa Story TEDxEuston, saying; it is the duty of the African to tell his or her own story, not any western established media house or western celebrity.
In summarizing his presentation, Komla Dumor wisely said ‘the narrative would always glorify the hunter until the lion itself learns how to write’.