Komla Afeke Dumor, Ghana’s Gift to the world Remembered

Had he been alive, a voice of Africa, Komla Afeke Dumor would be 45-years-old on October 3, 2018. Dumor, Ghanaian journalist and BBC World News presenter died on January 19th, 2014 of cardiac arrest.

Affectionally called KD, Dumor, was the face and the voice of Africa.  He successfully launched Africa Business Report on BBC World News, with the intent to challenge the stereotypical view of Africa. He brilliantly and passionately told the story of how Africa was changing with regards to the rapid economic growth and technological advances. "There must be balance or please, don't patronize me," he used to say on his program.

A graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with a Master’s of Public Administration, Duror was married to lawyer Kwansema in 2001. They have three children: daughter Elinam Makafui (God has always been there for me, Praise him), aged 15; son Elorm Efadzinam (God loves me, he comforts my heart), 12; and daughter Emefa Araba (I am at peace), 6.

Although he was blessed with a deep baritone voice, good looks, and the authority to be a broadcasting legend, he was an accidental journalist. Dumor goal was not to become a journalist or broadcaster but a doctor. He enrolled at Nigeria's University of Jos in 1988 to study medicine. Unlike his brother Korshie, who went on to become a doctor, Komla abandoned the program and returned to Ghana for a fresh beginning. He eventually got his degree in sociology and psychology and went on to become the traffic news reporter at Ghana’s Joy FM station.

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