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Komla Afeke Dumor

Komla Afeke Dumor

Komla Afeke Dumor was a Ghanaian journalist who worked for BBC World News and was the main presenter of its programme Focus on Africa

1972

Born
03 October 1972

Born

Komla Afeke Dumor was born on October 3, 1972, in Accra, Ghana.

1990

Early life and education
21 July 1990

Early life and education

Komla Afeke Dumor, born in Accra, Ghana, came from a distinguished family background, with his father being a sociology professor and his mother holding a master's degree in Mass Communication. He pursued studies in pre-clinical medicine in Nigeria before returning to Ghana for medical studies, eventually obtaining a BSc. in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Ghana and a Master's of Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He had notable siblings, including his sister, Mawuena Trebarh, who served as the former CEO of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), and his brother, Dr. Korshie Dumor, a medical doctor practicing in the United States.

2003

Broadcast career
21 July 2003

Broadcast career

Komla Afeke Dumor, a renowned journalist, began his career as a morning show host for Joy FM in Accra, Ghana, and later joined the BBC African Service in London, where he hosted various programs and became a lead presenter for BBC World, earning recognition as one of the 100 most influential Africans of 2013. Throughout his career, he conducted significant interviews and covered major events, such as the 2010 World Cup, President Barack Obama's trip to Africa, and Nelson Mandela's funeral.

2014

Death
08 January 2014

Death

Komla Dumor passed away from a heart attack on January 18, 2014, at his residence in Rickmansworth, just a day after his last on-air appearance, receiving praise from Ghana's President John Mahama, who hailed him as an outstanding broadcaster and a valuable representative of Ghana to the world. Following his death, his body was brought back to Ghana and received with solemn ceremonies in Accra, where funeral services were held from February 21 to 23, 2014.

2014

Personal life
21 July 2014

Personal life

Dumor tied the knot with Kwansema Quansah in 2001, and together they had three children: Elinam, Elorn, and Efika Aruba. While Dumor was of Ewe descent, his widow, Kwansema Quansah, is of Fante ethnicity.


2014

Legacy
21 November 2014

Legacy

In November 2014, the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) posthumously honored Dumor's family with a special Founders Award, and at the 2014 African Achievers Awards, he was recognized with another posthumous award for Excellence in Broadcasting. In 2015, the BBC established the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award to celebrate his legacy, which has been presented annually to exceptional journalists in Africa, including Nancy Kacungira, Didi Akinyelure, Amina Yuguda, Wahiga Mwaura, Solomon Serwanjja, and Victoria Rubadiri. Additionally, in February 2020, the Komla Dumor Memorial Foundation launched two books, "The Dreamer, Komla Dumor the Boss Player in His own words" and "Komla Dumor in His Element," authored by his father, Professor Ernest Dumor, and his brother, Dr. Korshie Dumor, to pay tribute to him.

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