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Sunday, 19 January 2014

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRO-GHANAIAN " KOMLA AFEKE DUMOR " WAS A JOURNALIST AND WORK FOR THE BBC WORLD SERVICE : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

                           BLACK                   SOCIAL                 HISTORY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Komla Afeke Dumor  3 October 1972 – 18 January 2014  was a Ghanaian journalist who was born 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.

Education

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.

Career

He started as the morning show host for Joy FM in Accra, Ghana, and was the 2003 winner of Journalist of the Year award given by the Ghana Journalists Association.
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. At the time of his death, Dumor was the only West African news reader on BBC World News.

Personal life

Dumor was married to Kwansema, with whom he had three children.

Death

Dumor died suddenly on 18 January 2014 in his London home after a cardiac arrest. 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."