Komla Afeke Dumor was a Ghanaian journalist who worked for BBC World News. He was the main presenter of the program “FOCUS OF AFRICA. Komla died in his sleep from a heart attack on the 18th of January 2014. Dumor started as the morning show host for Joy FM in Accra, Ghana. In 2003, he was awarded Journalist of the Year given by the Ghana Journalists Association. In 2006 Dumor joined the BBC African Service in London as host of the radio program 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 and early mornings on BBC One and the BBC News Channel. When the latter was relaunched in 2013, fellow BBC correspondent Lerato Mbele was chosen as host. In December 2013, he was named as one of the 100 most influential Africans of 2013 by New African magazine, with the citation: “It has been a coming of age for Kumla Dumor this year.

The Ghanaian broadcaster was survived by a wife, Kwansema Dumor, and three children.

Cause of death

Dumor died on 18 January 2014 in his London home after a cardiac arrest, having been on air the day before. President of Ghana John Mahama said in a message on Twitter that Dumor was one of Ghana’s “finest ambassadors” and “was a broadcaster of exceptional quality and Ghana’s gift to the World.”

On 3 February 2014, Komla Dumor’s body was flown back to Ghana, where it was received at Kotoka International Airport by a group of family members, friends, government officials, sympathizers, and members of the Aflao traditional council, who also performed some traditional rites since Aflao was his hometown. Funeral ceremonies for Dumor were held from 21 to 23 February 2014 in Accra.

Komla Dumor Profile Summary

Full Name Komla Afeke Dumor
Date of Birth October 3, 1972
Occupation Journalist
Marital Status Married, Kwansema Dumor
No. of Children 3
Date of Death January 4, 2014, London
Age of Death 41
Cause of Death Cardiac Arrest
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