Tributes have started pouring in for Komla Afeke Dumor, the exemplary former host of Joy FM’s Super Morning Show and BBC anchor who passed away in 2014.
The BBC TV presenter died on January 18, 2014 suddenly at his home in London.
The celebrated 41-year-old ace broadcaster was a presenter for BBC World News and Focus on Africa programme.
Delphinus Kofi Nordor, an avid Joy FM listener, writes:
“In the 41yrs 3mths 15days that he spent on earth, Komla Afeke Dumor really lived out his life in consonant with the meaning of his name.
“AFEKE (The Root of the Family), Dumor (Du wo fe mo) which come together to mean ‘The Root of the Family, who also shows or serves as way to Nations.’
“ In the annals of broadcast Journalism, Komla was a trailblazer who continues to inspire me. On the occasion of the 2nd year of his passing, I celebrate him! ”
On Joy FM’s Facebook page, Joy 99.7 FM, the following tributes have been sent:
Meshack Ofori Agyemang: “He served as an ambassador of peace and hard work to the youths.”
Bra Fuad: “I do remember him way back wen he use to work at Joy FM he was amazing man with sweet voice I like his program. In fact he is my mentor may Allah for give him nd may continue to bless wat he left back RIP great man”.
Owusu Bernard “He was a brother I never met. Anytime I watch BBC focus on Africa I feel sad when I see Peter Okoche and Sofa Nkoye instead of Komla and Peter. Anyway he has finished his job. Forever remain in my heart.RIP Komla Dumor joined the BBC as a radio broadcaster in 2006 after a decade of journalism in Ghana.”
Komla Dumor featured in New African magazine’s November 2013 list of 100 most influential Africans.
It said he had “established himself as one of the emerging African faces of global broadcasting”, who had “considerable influence on how the continent is covered”.
Komla Dumor was born on 3 October 1972 in Accra.
He graduated with a BA in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Ghana, and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.
He won the Ghana Journalist of the Year award in 2003 and joined the BBC three years later.
From then until 2009 he hosted Network Africa for BBC World Service radio, before joining The World Today programme.