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BBC presenter Komla Dumor dies suddenly

Sunday, January 19, 2014    

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BBC TV presenter Komla Dumor died suddenly at his home in London the BBC announced yesterday. He was 41.

Ghana-born Dumor was a presenter for BBC World News and its Focus on Africa programme.

Described as one of Ghana's best-known journalists, Dumor joined the BBC as a radio broadcaster in 2007 after a decade of journalism in Ghana.

He was "committed to telling the story of Africa as it really is," the BBC reported its Global News Director Peter Horrocks as saying in a statement in which he described Dumor as a leading light of African journalism who would be deeply missed.

"Africa's energy and enthusiasm seemed to shine through every story Komla told," Horrocks said. "Komla's many friends and colleagues across Africa and the world will be as devastated as we are by this shocking news.

"The sympathies of all his colleagues at the BBC are with his family and friends," Horrocks added.

The BBC online edition yesterday said that Dumor featured in New African magazine's November 2013 list of 100 most influential Africans. The magazine said he had "established himself as one of the emerging African faces of global broadcasting", who had "considerable influence on how the continent is covered".

Born on October 3, 1972 in Accra, Ghana, Dumor graduated with a BA in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Ghana, and a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard University.

He won the Ghana Journalist of the Year award in 2003 and joined the BBC four years later.

According to the BBC story, from then until 2009 Dumor hosted Network Africa for BBC World Service radio, before joining The World Today programme.

"In 2009, he became the first host of Africa Business Report on BBC World News. He was a regular presenter of Focus on Africa and had fronted the programme the day before he died.

"He travelled across Africa, meeting the continent's top entrepreneurs and reporting on the latest business trends around the continent.

"He interviewed a number of high-profile guests, including Bill Gates and Kofi Annan.

"Last month, he covered the funeral of former South African President Nelson Mandela, whom he described as "one of the greatest figures of modern history"," the BBC report said.

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