A Big Blow To Broadcast Journalism!

komla-dumorThe nation was on Saturday, shocked by the sad news of the passing of Komla Dumor, 41, BBC presenter and former host of Joy FM’s Super Morning show.

He died at his residence in London after a heart attack (cardiac arrest).

Since the announcement of his untimely death, there has been outpouring of grief and sorrow, not only in Ghana, but across the entire world.

Such is the man, who entered into broadcasting, without a formal training in journalism but rose to become an extraordinary broadcaster with unique qualities. Indeed, he was a gem who has grown into a legend.

Komla Dumor joined the BBC in 2007, after working with Joy FM in Ghana for a decade, and until his death was a presenter on BBC World T.V and on Focus on Africa. Sadly, he was on BBC TV the day before he passed on.

The Times recalls his humble beginning with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, until, he burst onto the Ghanaian broadcasting scene and instantly became the king of morning show in Ghana.

Unassuming, gentle and, indeed, unique in his own way, Komla was so outstanding that, he was adjudged the Journalist of the year in 2003.

Quite predictably, Komla also featured in New Africa magazine’s November 2013 list of 100 influential Africans, for establishing himself as one of the emerging African faces of global broadcasting, who had considerable influence on how the continent is covered.

His outstanding achievement endeared him, to many ordinary people across the continent, as well as serving and former Presidents.

President Mahama, eulogized him in a statement saying that the nation had lost one of its finest ambassadors, while President Kufour, said “Dumor made Ghana proud, although we did not want to lose him from the local broadcasting scene”.

The unique characteristic of the man was such that he was loved even in death to the extent that tributes have been trending on social media, since the sad news broke out on Saturday. Indeed, no death has made significant impact on journalism practice in Ghana, than that of Komla.

The New Times Corporation and indeed, the Ghanaian Times, has fond memories of Komla hosting the morning show and reviewing stories from our newspapers for the public and discussing the issue, in a manner that was admirable.

Ghana, has indeed, lost a gem and true son of the land. His infectious smile and unique baritone voice will never fade from our memories.

The best tribute we can pay to his memory is to uphold what he stood for and aspire to maintain the standard he set for the broadcasting world.

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