Komla Dumor, Renowned Ghanaian Broadcaster On BBC Is Dead At Age 41

Information available to us has it that renowned Ghanaian Broadcaster Komla Dumor has passed onto eternal glory after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Komla Dumor worked as a Broadcast Journalist with the BBC World Service Radio, BBC World Television and was the presenter of BBC Africa.

The Boss Player, as he is affectionately referred to, reportedly died in London Saturday morning.

Umaru Fofana, a colleague of Komla Dumor at the BBC confirmed the sad news on Facebook saying “BBC World loses an icon. Ghanaian born presenter Komla Dumor dies”.

He later wrote “What is it about this 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?”.

A comment posted on Komla Dumor facebook page Friday read: “looking forward to interviewing South Sudan ex-child soldier.”

According to Wikipedia, Komla Dumor was born on 3 October 1972 in Accra, Ghana. His grandfather was Philip Gbeho, composer of the Ghanaian national anthem. As of June 2012, Dumor was the main presenter of the BBC World News programme Focus on Africa.

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Dumor joined the BBC African Service in 2006 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.

Prior to joining the BBC he worked for JOY FM in Accra, Ghana, and was the 2003 winner of Journalist of the Year award given by the Ghana Journalist Association. Dumor is the only West African news reader on BBC World News.

Initially, Dumor studied medicine but he changed course and graduated from the University of Ghana with a BSc in Sociology and Psychology and from Harvard University with an MA in Public Administration. 

He is married to Kwansema, with whom he has three children.

Meanwhile, sources say, his family is set to make a formal statement about the news in a short while.

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In a related development, former CEO Of Kumasi Asante Kotoko Herbert Mensah has confirmed the death of the ace broadacster.

He told JoyFM his wife, a neighbour to Dumor in London, was present when doctors pronounced the BBC presenter dead. 

Herbert Mensah however declined to provide further details on the circumstances surrounding the death except to add that a friend to the Dumor family and Head of Stratcomm Africa, Esther Cobbah, has been appointed to speak on the family’s behalf.