Sunday 19 January 2014

Ghanaian-born BBC TV broadcaster, Komla Dumor’s brief, eventful career

Komla Dumor ( October 3, 1972 – January 18, 2014) was until his death, a presenter for BBC World News and Focus on Africa programme.

Dumor graduated from the University of Ghana with BSc. in Sociology and Psychology; and got MA, in Public Administration from Harvard University.
He won the Ghana Journalist of the Year award in 2003 and joined the BBC four years later.
From then until 2009 he hosted Network Africa for BBC World Service radio, before joining The World Today programme.

Komla Dumor ( October 3, 1972 – January 18, 2014)

In 2009, Dumor 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".
He anchored live coverage of major events including the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the funeral of Kim Jong-il, the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, the Norway shootings and the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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