World
Ghana mourns BBC journalist Komla Dumor
Publish Date: Feb 21, 2014
Ghana mourns BBC journalist Komla Dumor
The casket of BBC presenter Komla Dumor lays in the middle of a church during his funeral on February 21, 2014, in Accra, Ghana. PHOTO/AFP
  • mail
  • img
newvision

ACCRA - Ghana on Friday mourned BBC presenter Komla Dumor, one of the nation's most revered journalists, who died of a heart attack last month at the age of 41.

A presenter on the British broadcaster's World News channel and its "Focus on Africa" programme, Dumor was honoured by former colleagues and dignitaries including Ghana's ex-president Jerry Rawlings at Catholic Cathedral in Accra.

"Komla was a people person," said Kwami Sefa Kayi, a journalist who worked with Dumor.

"So even though he was such a huge global icon he was still the ordinary guy on the street for most people. Everybody has been affected by Komla both alive and in death," Kayi added.

Dumor joined BBC radio in 2007 after working as a broadcaster in Ghana, where he won the 2003 Ghana Journalist of the Year award.


Komla Dumor died of a heart attack. PHOTO/AFP

He moved to the television network in 2009.

He co-anchored the BBC's coverage of Nelson Mandela's funeral in December, one of many high-profile assignments.

"Undoubtedly, Ghana has lost one of the finest journalists and broadcasters of our time," Minister of Trade and Industry Haruna Iddrisu told reporters outside the funeral. "He demanded honesty and sincerity from public officials."

AFP

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Islamic State group gains toehold in Libya: experts
With Libya engulfed in chaos, the town of Derna in the east of the largely lawless country is emerging as a new stronghold for the Islamic State jihadist group, experts say....
Two Czech ministers from the centre-left government received envelopes containing poison last week, according to a local official and media....
Kenyan unions warn thousands of workers to leave restive north
Thousands of Kenyan civil servants, teachers and medics have been warned by their unions to leave troubled northeastern regions hit by a wave of insurgent attacks, reports said Tuesday....
Women not equal to men - Turkish president
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is accused of blatant sexism after declaring that women are not equal to men....
Egypt court confirms jail terms for 85 students
An Egyptian appeals court on Sunday confirmed jail terms for at least 85 students convicted of illegal demonstrations and vandalism in protests backing ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, officials said....
US police kill boy holding fake gun
Police in the US city of Cleveland shot and killed a 12-year-old boy who was in a playground waving around what turned out to be a replica gun....
Should Govt lease parts of Lake Victoria to private developers?
Its Ok
No Way
Not Sure
follow us
subscribe to our news letter