Telling the African Story: Komla Dumor at TEDxEuston
FUNERAL OF THE LATE KOMLA DUMOR
ARRIVAL OF THE LATE KOMLA DUMOR'S BODY
Full Coverage of Multimedia Remembers Komla Dumor with Music and Poetry (24-1-14)
REQUIEM MASS FOR THE LATE KOMLA DUMOR
Komla Dumor Memorial service, London
Focus on Africa - Komla Dumor's final edition
KOMLA AFEKE DUMOR TRIBUTES BY BROTHER, DAUGHTER AND WIFE
Komla Dumor funeral: Ghana mourns 'one of finest ambassadors'
KSM with Komla Dumor (1 of 2) TGIF
Komla Dumor speaking on Going Global during the Koforidua edtion of Springboard 2013 Road Show
REMEMBERING KOMLA DUMOR
BBC News Tributes to Komla Dumor
FUNERAL OF THE LATE KOMLA AFEKE DUMOR
Roll Call at Multimedia Remembers Komla Dumor
Komla Dumor Funeral Announcement
GHANAIANS IN LONDON MOURN KOMLA DUMOR
BBC News: Komla Dumor has died: 19th January 2014
TRIBUTES TO KOMLA DUMOR - BBC NEWS
Komla Dumor - Focus on Africa Tribute - BBC World News
BBC News BBC presenter Komla Dumor dies at 41
Kojo Antwi Sings at Multimedia Remembers Komla Dumor
R.I.P Komla Dumor [Life In Photos]
BBC journalist Komla Dumor passes on
Funeral Services for Komla Dumor Ghanian BBC Newsreporter
Komla Dumor's body arrives at the Holy Spirit Cathedral
Five Minutes With... Komla Dumor
KOMLA DUMOR'S FUNERAL SERVICE IN LONDON
KOMLA DUMOR ON GOING GLOBAL
Calvary Methodist Choir Sings at Multimedia Remembers Komla Dumor
KOMLA DUMOR'S FIRST TV PROGRAM
KOMLA DUMOR TRIBUTE - BBC WORLD NEWS-
Bola Ray Recounts at Multimedia Remembers Komla Dumor
Komla Dumor's Funeral
Celestine Donkor sings at Multimedia Remembers Komla Dumor
BBC World News bulletin with Komla Dumor
Ghanaian broadcaster Komlar Dumor laid to rest
BBC World News bulletin with Komla Dumor
Africa's Fastest Billions
Amakye Dede Sings Komla Dumor's Favourite Song at Multimedia Remembers Komla Dumor
Prof Atukwei Okai's Poem at Multimedia Remembers Komla Dumor
Ice, 231, & Edwin - Don't Cry (Tribute to Komla Dumor)
Ghanaian broadcaster Komlar Dumor laid to restGhanaian broadcaster Komlar Dumor laid to rest
GOOD EVENING GHANA INTERVIEW WITH KOMLA DUMOR AND SOLOMON MUGERA
Reflecting on the Thanksgiving and farewell service of the late KOMLA DUMOR, vlog
BBC funeral service for Komla Dumor
Bukom Banku Chats With Fans & Callers - (Bukom Banku vs. Komla Dumor Part 2)
Komla Dumor RIP insight interview with Bill Clinton
Wizkid interview with BBC Africa's Komla Dumor
Komla Dumor's Bride in 1997
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 Focus on Africa, 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." New African [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. [13 ] [3 ] 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."
Komla's body was flown back to Ghana on 3 February 2014 where it was received at the
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 ]
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.
^ Obituary in The Independent by Marcus Williamson.
^ ". 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.
External links [ edit ]
Obituary in The Independent by Marcus Williamson
BBC World News: "Africa Business Report" (2009), YouTube.
About Us, BBC World Service
Focus and Network presenters, BBC World Service.
"Ghana: Komla Dumor Anchors BBC Africa Business Report",by Cephas, 21 August 2009, allAfrica.
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.