Saturday, 18 January 2014

BBC World TV's Komla Dumor dies at 41

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." 

Komla Dumor was born on 3 October 1972 in Accra, Ghana. He graduated with a BA in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Ghana, and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University. 

After a decade of broadcast journalism in his native country, where he won the Ghana Journalist of the Year award in 2003, he joined the BBC in 2007. From then until 2009 he hosted Network Africa for BBC World Service radio, before joining The World Today programme. 

In 2009 Komla Dumor became the first host of Africa Business Report on BBC World News.

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