Komla Dumor Biography

Komla Dumor was a Ghanaian journalist who worked for the BBC news. This biography profiles his childhood, life, career, achievements and timeline

Quick Facts

Born: 1972

Nationality: Ghanaian

Famous: Journalists TV Presenters

Died At Age: 42

Born in: Accra

Famous as: Journalist

Died on: January 18, 2014

place of death: London

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education: University of Ghana, Harvard University

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Komla Dumor was a Ghanaian journalist who worked for the BBC news. Komla Dumor had that little bug in himself to unearth Africa’s reality and present it on the global map. And he was successful, indeed, for it was through his substantial contribution and tenacious journalism that the world started seeing the other side of Africa. His intelligence, charm, confidence and knowledge took him to places and made him a prominent figure in the world of journalism. He earned recognition for hosting the BBC World News programme, ‘Focus on Africa’. Besides, he was known for hosting a number of radio and TV programmes, such as ‘Network Africa’, ‘The World Today’, and ‘Africa Business Report’ as well. Despite his short life, he succeeded in making an extraordinary impact not just in Ghana, but across Africa and other parts of the world and brought greater understanding of Africa in the global news system. He was recipient of several awards for his never-dying spirit and brilliant journalism skills

Childhood & Early Life
  • As a student of the University of Ghana, he worked at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation for their early morning show, ‘Every Day English’. Eventually, he was hired by Joy FM as a traffic reporter for their morning program.
  • His fluent English, know-how of public policy issues and confidence helped him to become a presenter of the radio channel’s ‘Super Morning Show’, which he used as a platform to expose corruption and poverty prevailing in Ghana.
  • After completing a Master’s program from Harvard University in 2003, he was offered a position in the Africa Leadership Program at Brown University, which he declined and returned to Ghana to host his ‘Super Morning Show’.
  • He was noticed by the BBC and they sent him to Uganda on an assignment of covering its developmental issues, followed by the story of African males migrating to Spain through the Sahara.
  • Impressed by his coverage, BBC African service officially hired him in London as a host of their radio show, ‘Network Africa’, in 2006.
  • In 2008, he joined ‘The World Today’, a flagship programme on BBC World Service, as one of its presenters, which he continued till 2012.
  • His determined obsession for transforming Africa on the lines of other developing nations was recognized by BBC and he got a new show on business, trade and development in Africa.
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Major Works
  • He was selected as the first anchor of ‘Africa Business Report’, a programme launched by BBC World News, in 2009, catering to business news in Africa, through which he represented the stereotypic view of Africa.
  • He became the face and voice of rising Africans when he started hosting ‘Focus on Africa’, the first weekday English news programme for Africans launched on BBC World News TV, in 2012.
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  • He interviewed several distinguished personalities including Bill Gates, Kofi Annan, Dr. Mo Ibrahim, Bill Clinton, Richard Branson, and President John Dramani Mahama.
  • He was highly appreciated for his live coverage of international events such as 2010 World Cup in South Africa, London Olympics 2012, funeral of Nelson Mandela, wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and President Barack Obama’s Africa tour.
Awards & Achievements
  • He received the ‘Journalist of the Year’ award from the Ghana Journalists Association, in 2003.
  • In 2013, he was included in the list of ‘100 most influential Africans’ by New African magazine.
  • He was bestowed with the ‘Excellence in Broadcasting’ award posthumously at the African Achievers Awards, in 2014.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • In 2011, he married Kwansema Quansah, a lawyer, and fathered three children – daughter Elinam Makafui, son Elorm Efadzinam, and daughter Emefa Araba.
  • He suffered a cardiac arrest and died on January 18, 2014, at the age of 41, in London.
  • His body was flown to Ghana in February 2014, where a funeral ceremony was held at Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Cathedral, Accra, after which he was buried in the forecourt of State House.
  • The ‘BBC World News Komla Dumor Award’ was introduced by BBC in honor of this outstanding news anchor, to recognize and award potential journalists covering African issues.
  • His maternal grandfather, Philip Gbeho, was a celebrated musician who composed the national anthem of Ghana upon the request of the country’s founding father, Kwame Nkrumah, after it gained independence in 1957

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