Telling the African Story: Komla Dumor at TEDxEuston
Focus on Africa - Komla Dumor's final edition
KOMLA DUMOR TRIBUTE - BBC WORLD NEWS-
FUNERAL OF THE LATE KOMLA DUMOR
Komla Dumor Award - BBC News
Komla Dumor on BBC World News (23.07.2013)
Springboard - Komla Dumor speaking on Going Global
ARRIVAL OF THE LATE KOMLA DUMOR'S BODY
Komla Dumor - Focus on Africa Tribute - BBC World News
KSM with Komla Dumor (1 of 2) TGIF
GOOD EVENING GHANA INTERVIEW WITH KOMLA DUMOR AND SOLOMON MUGERA
Komla Dumor RIP insight interview with Bill Clinton
Komla Dumor 1972-2014
One of Komla Dumor's final interviews as he covered the death of Nelson Mandela
Komla Dumor on BBC World News (09.07.2013)
BBC News - Tribute to Komla Dumor
TRIBUTES TO KOMLA DUMOR - BBC NEWS
Roll Call at Multimedia Remembers Komla Dumor
Amakye Dede Sings Komla Dumor's Favourite Song at Multimedia Remembers Komla Dumor
Funeral Services for Komla Dumor Ghanian BBC Newsreporter
The Tipping Point (Komla Dumor version)
BBC News: Komla Dumor has died: 19th January 2014
R.I.P Komla Dumor [Life In Photos]
TREND TRACKER : In Memory of Komla Dumor
New Day - At Komla Dumor's Funeral - 21/2/2014
BBC funeral service for Komla Dumor
GOOD EVENING GHANA TRIBUTE TO KOMLA DUMOR
BIOGRAPHY KOMLA DUMOR
KOMLA DUMOR PROMO - BBC WORLD NEWS
BBC Focus On Africa Presenter, Komla Dumor, Dies At 41
BBC World TV's Komla Dumor dies at 41
KSM with Komla Dumor (2 of 2) TGIF
Full Coverage of Multimedia Remembers Komla Dumor with Music and Poetry (24-1-14)
REQUIEM MASS FOR THE LATE KOMLA DUMOR
BBC News BBC presenter Komla Dumor dies at 41
Komla Dumor Memorial service, London
Komla Dumor death: Ghana funeral under way for BBC presenter
Komla Dumor's body arrives at the Holy Spirit Cathedral
Wizkid interview with BBC Africa's Komla Dumor
Adnan Nawaz reading tributes to Komla Dumor
GHANAIANS IN LONDON MOURN KOMLA DUMOR
KOMLA DUMOR BODY IN GHANA
BBC World News 'The World Today' 20 January 2014 Tribute to Komla Dumor (Part 1)
Ghanaian broadcaster Komlar Dumor laid to rest
Kojo Antwi Sings at Multimedia Remembers Komla Dumor
Pres. Mahama Pays His Last Respect to Komla Dumor
Bola Ray Recounts at Multimedia Remembers Komla Dumor
R.I.P. Komla Dumor - (Komla Dumor Of BBC Is Dead) Sad Moment For Ghana
Komla Dumor Tribute Slide by Edem Fui Avevor
Bukom Banku (& His Proverbs) vs. Komla Dumor (Part 1) - Funniest Interview With A Ghanaian Boxer
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Komla Afeke Dumor (3 October 1972 – 18 January 2014) was a Ghanaian journalist who worked for BBC World News and was the main presenter of its programme . Focus on Africa [2 ] [3 ]
Early life and education [ edit ]
Dumor was born in
Accra, Ghana. His father, Ernest Dumor, was a professor of sociology and his mother, Cecelia Dumor, had a Master's degree in Mass Communication. His grandfather was [4 ] Philip Gbeho, composer of the Ghanaian national anthem. Dumor initially studied pre-clinical medicine at the [5 ] University of Jos, Nigeria, but left for his home country where he started as a medical student at the [6 ] University of Ghana but later graduated with a BSc. in Sociology and Psychology, and from Harvard University with an MA in Public Administration. [3 ]
Broadcast career [ edit ]
Dumor started as the morning show host for
Joy FM in Accra, Ghana, and was the 2003 winner of Journalist of the Year award given by the [7 ] Ghana Journalists Association. [3 ]
In 2006 Dumor joined the
BBC African Service in London as host of the radio programme [8 ] Network Africa. From 2008 to 2012 he presented on the The World Today BBC World Service. In 2011 Dumor began presenting the and World News on Africa Business Report BBC World News television. When the latter was relaunched in 2013; fellow BBC correspondent Lerato Mbele was chosen as host.
In a list published in
magazine (December 2013) he was named as one of the 100 most influential Africans of the year 2013, with the citation: "It has been a coming of age for Kumla Dumor this year. The presenter of New African , the BBC’s flagship and first-ever dedicated daily TV news programme in English for African audiences, broadcast on BBC World News, has established himself as one of the emerging African faces of global broadcasting. As a lead presenter for BBC World, Dumor has considerable influence on how the continent is covered." Focus on Africa [9 ] [10 ]
At the time of his death, Dumor was the only
West African news reader on BBC World News. In the words of BBC Radio 4 and Today presenter BBC News Mishal Husain, "Komla developed his own unique on air style, seamlessly moved between TV and radio and influenced Africa coverage across the BBC." He was also described by [11 ] Peter Horrocks, the BBC's global news director, as "a leading light of African journalism - committed to telling the story of Africa as it really is." [11 ]
He conducted interviews with a wide range high-profile figures, including
Kofi Annan, Bill Gates and [8 ] Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and the many important news stories that he anchored included the [12 ] 2010 World Cup in South Africa, President Barack Obama's trip to Africa, and the funeral of Nelson Mandela. [8 ]
Personal life [ edit ]
In 2001 Dumor married Kwansema Quansah, with whom he had three children.
[3 ] [8 ]
Dumor died on 18 January 2014 in his London home after a
cardiac arrest, having been on air the day before. [3 ] [13 ] President of Ghana John Mahama said in a message on Twitter that Dumor was one of Ghana's "finest ambassadors" and "was a broadcaster of exceptional quality and Ghana's gift to the world."
On 3 February 2014 Komla Dumor's body was flown back to Ghana, where it was received at
Kotoka International Airport by a group of family members, friends, government officials, sympathizers and members of the Aflao traditional council, who also performed some traditional rites, since Aflao was his hometown. [15 ]
Recognition [ edit ]
AIB, the Association for International Broadcasting, presented a special posthumous Founders Award to the family of gifted
BBC journalist. At the 2014 [16 ] African Achievers Awards he was honoured with a posthumous award for Excellence in Broadcasting. [17 ]
References [ edit ]
^ "Komla Dumor’s funeral rites to be held in accordance with Roman Catholic tradition". tv3network.com . Retrieved . 26 January 2014
^ "BBC announces major new focus on Africa". bbc.co.uk . Retrieved . 18 January 2014
^ a b c d e "BBC World TV's Komla Dumor dies at 41". 18 January 2014 . Retrieved . 18 January 2014
^ Marcus Williamson, "Komla Dumor: Respected and admired radio and television presenter who played a leading role in transforming the coverage of Africa" (obituary), The Independent, 22 January 2014.
^ ". Bbc.co.uk. 2007-03-02 "Komla Dumor's Ghana", BBC World Service" . Retrieved . 2014-01-18
^ "Komla Dumor Wanted To Become a Medical Doctor Despite His Passion for Journalism But…". peacefmonline.com . Retrieved . 4 February 2014
^ Komla Dumor biography, BBC World Service, 11 September 2006.
^ a b c d Solomon Mugera, "Komla Dumor obituary - BBC broadcaster who made a substantial contribution to the coverage and greater understanding of Africa" (obituary), The Guardian, 21 January 2014.
^ "2013: 100 Most Influential Africans", New Africa, December 2013.
^ "Hannah Tetteh, Komla Dumor, other Ghanaians among 100 most influential Africans 2013", GBN, 28 November 2013.
^ a b Press Association, "BBC presenter Komla Dumor dies", theguardian.com, 18 January 2014.
^ Chimamanda Adichie, "Komla Dumor: We Have Lost A Star", Premium Times, 19 January 2014.
^ "Komla Dumor is dead". GhanaWeb. 18 January 2014 . Retrieved . 18 January 2014
^ "Body of Komla Dumor arrives in Ghana". myjoyonline.com . Retrieved . 4 February 2014
^ "2014: African Achievers get Presidential Honours". African Achievers Awards. 1 March 2014 . Retrieved . 19 January 2015
External links [ edit ]
Obituary in The Independent by Marcus Williamson, 22 January 2014.
BBC World News: "Africa Business Report" (2009) on YouTube.
About Us, BBC World Service.
Focus and Network presenters, BBC World Service.
Cephas, "Ghana: Komla Dumor Anchors BBC Africa Business Report", allAfrica, 21 August 2009.
Jason Von Berg and Nikita Camacho, "Video: Komla Dumor - The man behind the suit", DStv, 18 November 2013.
"Komla Dumor - The big anchor with the patience of a saint", Joy Online, 4 December 2013.
"Telling the African Story", Komla Dumor, TEDxEuston.