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Saturday, 18 January 2014

Ghana's Illustrious Son, Mr. Komla Dumor of BBC's Focus on Africa, is Dead.

Mr Komla Dumor, of the BBC World Service also known as the presenter of BBC Africa, has passed away. 

The Ghana born Broadcaster reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest in London this morning 18th January 2014 which was followed by his untimely death.

Komla Dumor whose grandfather, Mr. Philip Gbeho, composed the Ghanaian National Anthem, was born on 3rd October 1972 in Accra the capital city of Ghana. "The Boss Player," as he was called by many, had his death announced on Facebook by one of his colleagues from BBC, Umaru Fofana, where he said:

"BBC World loses and Icon... Ghana born presenter Komla Dumor dies. "

He again added:
"What is it about 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?"

Since June 2012, Dumor has been the main presenter of the BBC World News program Focus on Africa

He joined the BBC African Service in 2006 as host of the radio show, Network Africa. From 2008 to 2012 he presented The World Today on the BBC World Service and began presenting the BBC World News and Africa Business Report in 2011. When the latter was relaunched in 2013; fellow BBC correspondent, Lerato Mbele was chosen as host.

Ealier in his past, Komla has worked for JOY FM in Accra, Ghana, and won the prestigious national award for Journalist of the Year in 2003. He was and will remain known till date as the only West African news reader on BBC World News.

Dumor graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon with BSc Honors in Sociology and Psychology. He also graduated from the Harvard University with an MA in Public Administration. 

He was a married man with three children.

This News has not yet been confirmed by his family and we await a formal statement from them soon. 

Upcoming updates will be past as they come.