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Komla Dumor - Focus on Africa Tribute - BBC World News
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::2014/01/20::
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ARRIVAL OF THE LATE KOMLA DUMOR
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::2014/02/03::
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Komla Dumor RIP insight interview with Bill Clinton
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::2013/08/12::
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::2014/02/21::
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Komla Dumor on BBC World News (09/07/2013)
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FUNERAL OF THE LATE KOMLA  DUMOR
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::2014/02/22::
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BBC News: Komla Dumor has died: 19th January 2014
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REMEMBERING KOMLA DUMOR
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Komla Dumor on BBC World News (23/07/2013)
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::2013/08/01::
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Wizkid interview with BBC Africa
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::2013/01/31::
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Funeral Services for Komla Dumor Ghanian BBC Newsreporter
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::2014/02/24::
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TRIBUTES TO KOMLA DUMOR - BBC NEWS
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::2014/01/19::
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Komla Dumor death: Ghana funeral under way for BBC presenter
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::2014/02/23::
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GOOD EVENING GHANA INTERVIEW WITH KOMLA DUMOR AND SOLOMON MUGERA
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::2014/01/28::
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R.I.P Komla Dumor [Life In Photos]
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::2014/01/19::
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The Tipping Point (Komla Dumor version)
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::2014/01/19::
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Komla Dumor Memorial
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::2014/01/23::
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Ice, 231, & Edwin - Don
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::2014/02/20::
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KOMLA DUMOR SKILLS BBC FOCUS ON AFRICA
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::2013/06/21::
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TREND TRACKER  : In Memory of Komla Dumor
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KOMLA DUMOR PROMO - BBC WORLD NEWS
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::2013/11/29::
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Komla Dumor
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::2014/11/10::
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Komla Dumor Memorial service, London
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::2014/02/02::
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Komla Dumor
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::2012/06/18::
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KSM with Komla Dumor (2 of 2) TGIF
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KOMLA DUMOR GONE TO SOON
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::2014/01/20::
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Remembering Komla Dumor, The Boss Player
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::2014/01/23::
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Komla Dumor vs Zoe Smith - Weightlifting: BBC World News
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::2011/08/05::
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GOOD EVENING GHANA TRIBUTE TO KOMLA DUMOR
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::2014/01/30::
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BBC News - Death of Komla Dumor (first report)
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Komla Dumor on BBC World News (04/04/2013)
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Papa Bills Tribute to Komla Dumor
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New Day - At Komla Dumor
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Bola Ray Recounts at Multimedia Remembers Komla Dumor
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Remembering Komla Dumor - Joy News Interactive (16-1-15)
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BBC TV presenter Komla Dumor has died suddenly at his home in London at the age of 41
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BBC Reporter Komla Dumor Died
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R.I.P. Komla Dumor - (Komla Dumor Of BBC Is Dead) Sad Moment For Ghana
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BBC Focus On Africa Presenter, Komla Dumor,  Dies At 41
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Komla Afeke Dumor
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Born (1972-10-03)3 October 1972
Accra, Ghana
Died 18 January 2014(2014-01-18) (aged 41)
London, United Kingdom
Cause of death
Cardiac arrest
Nationality Ghanaian
Ethnicity Ewe
Education University of Ghana
Harvard University
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s)
Home town Aflao, Volta Region[1]
Religion Roman Catholicism
Spouse(s) Kwansema Dumor
Children 3
Relatives
Website
www.komla-dumor.com

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.[4] His grandfather was Philip Gbeho, composer of the Ghanaian national anthem.[5] Dumor initially studied pre-clinical medicine at the University of Jos, Nigeria, but left for his home country where he started as a medical student[6] at the 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[7] in Accra, Ghana, and was the 2003 winner of Journalist of the Year award given by the Ghana Journalists Association.[3]

In 2006 Dumor joined the BBC African Service in London[8] as host of the radio programme Network Africa. From 2008 to 2012 he presented The World Today on the BBC World Service. In 2011 Dumor began presenting the World News and Africa Business Report on 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 New African 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."[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 Today and BBC News presenter Mishal Husain, "Komla developed his own unique on air style, seamlessly moved between TV and radio and influenced Africa coverage across the BBC."[11] He was also described by 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[8] and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,[12] and the many important news stories that he anchored included the 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]

Death[edit]

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."[14]

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.[16] At the 2014 African Achievers Awards he was honoured with a posthumous award for Excellence in Broadcasting.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Komla Dumor’s funeral rites to be held in accordance with Roman Catholic tradition". tv3network.com. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "BBC announces major new focus on Africa". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "BBC World TV's Komla Dumor dies at 41". 18 January 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ ""Komla Dumor's Ghana", BBC World Service". Bbc.co.uk. 2007-03-02. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  6. ^ "Komla Dumor Wanted To Become a Medical Doctor Despite His Passion for Journalism But…". peacefmonline.com. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Komla Dumor biography, BBC World Service, 11 September 2006.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "2013: 100 Most Influential Africans", New Africa, December 2013.
  10. ^ "Hannah Tetteh, Komla Dumor, other Ghanaians among 100 most influential Africans 2013", GBN, 28 November 2013.
  11. ^ a b Press Association, "BBC presenter Komla Dumor dies", theguardian.com, 18 January 2014.
  12. ^ Chimamanda Adichie, "Komla Dumor: We Have Lost A Star", Premium Times, 19 January 2014.
  13. ^ "Komla Dumor is dead". GhanaWeb. 18 January 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Twitter". Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Body of Komla Dumor arrives in Ghana". myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  16. ^ http://www.citifmonline.com/2014/10/24/posthumous-award-for-komla-dumor-nov-5/
  17. ^ "2014: African Achievers get Presidential Honours". African Achievers Awards. 1 March 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 

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