Sunday, 19 January 2014
BBC presenter Komla Dumor dies aged 41 after distinguished career in UK and Africa
by his colleagues as 'one of our brightest and best'
'Our brightest and best': Komla Dumor
Tributes have been paid to a BBC TV presenter who has died suddenly at
the age of 41.
The broadcaster said Komla Dumor, one of Ghana's best-known
journalists, had passed away at his London home.
BBC Radio 4 Today presenter Mishal Husain described Dumor as "one of
our brightest and best", while the BBC's Global News director Peter
Horrocks said he had been a "a leading light of African journalism".
Since joining the BBC in 2007, after a decade of broadcast journalism
where he won the Ghana Journalist of the Year award, Mr Dumor had
forged an impressive career which saw him named as one of New
African's 100 most influential Africans in 2013.
Between 2007 and 2009 he hosted Network Africa for the BBC World
Service before joining The World Today programme, and became the first
host of Africa Business Report on BBC World News in 2009.
Ms Husain took to Twitter to share her condolences, tweeting: "Our BBC
family tonight mourns loss of one of our brightest & best - Komla
Dumor. Big heart, big personality, brilliant broadcaster.
"Komla developed his own unique on air style, seamlessly moved between
TV and radio & influenced Africa coverage across the BBC."
Mr Horrocks said: "Komla's many friends and colleagues across Africa
and the world will be as devastated as we are by this shocking news.
Komla was a leading light of African journalism - committed to telling
the story of Africa as it really is. Africa's energy and enthusiasm
seemed to shine through every story Komla told. He will be deeply
Richard Porter, the controller of English services for BBC Global
News, tweeted: "Devastated at the news about Komla. Talented, clever,
warm, charismatic. A great journalist and a great ambassador for the