Komla Dumor…A blessed broadcast legend

Komla Dumor jpTears may have dried, but traces of a man who was passionate, brilliant, talented and had a piquant for life is evident not only to his close associates but to the million lives he touched across the globe during his short life on earth is yet to be erased.

A year on, memories of Komla Afeke Dumor is yet to be forgotten afternews of his jaw-dropping demise was met with an overwhelming copious out pouring of grief from all quarters of the earth with his wife lawyer Kwansema Dumor regarding the day as one that “marked the beginning of a painful and aching void” in her tribute.

His charismatic presenting style coupled with his sterling intriguing interviews has been greatly missed.

His zest for excellence in journalism catapulted him from a local morning show host at Joy FM to the anchorman of British Broadcasting Corporation’s flagship news and current affairs programme BBC world news (Europe) and Focus on Africa. His passion for excellence and balanced reportage endeared him to many envious breakthroughs both locally and internationally.

With his remarkable charisma Komla attracted to himself a huge following both on social media and private life with the New African Magazine regarding him as an emerging face of global broadcasting hence one of the 100 most influential Africans in 2013.

His influence and impact waded much into the lives of not only young journalists, but his entire community with the Municipal Chief Executive of Ga East naming a street at Haatso in his honor.

An educational center set up in his honour at the African University College of Communication (AUCC) is aimed at challenging students to strive for excellence. His determination to have a balanced editorial work seems to resonate that of many young enterprising journalist in Ghana.

The news editor of Accra-base Starr 103.5FM, Mr. Daniel Kondor, referred me to a plaque dedicated to the memory of the late KomlaDumor portion of which read: “This plaque is dedicated to the memory of the late Komla Afeke Dumor who captivated the world with his brilliant demonstration of the ideas of journalism; hence the decision of the board and management of Starr FM to name the newsroom: KOMLA DUMOR NEWSROOM.”

2014 award winner of the Ghana Journalist Association’s newly established “Komla Dumor most promising award, Maxwell Akalaare Adombila, tells me Komla’s humility and commitment to excellence spurs him on.

For him it is an honour to win such prestigious award of a great broadcast icon. Even though the business and financial news journalist admits to have never met Komla Dumor, he has learnt a lot from him especially to relate to all people irrespective of a person’s background.

For him, Komla treated all persons equally and that manifested in his work. He, like the business news editor at Joy FM, George Wiafe, adds that even though there is quite a number of Komla Dumors out there doing great and excellent journalism, there remains yet a number who “lack the drive and zeal for excellence”, Mr. Wiafe noted.

For him, Komla Dumor was exceptional and was one of the few people who challenged and encouraged him to spur on in the field of journalism.

Asked about his intentions to climb the international ladder, Mr Wiafe, responded: “if only the opportunity presents itself” but was quick to add that he remains committed to his duties and is “taking issues one at a time”. Detchewelle TV (DWTV) news correspondents for Ghana, Isaac Kaledzi, appreciated the ideals Komla Dumor stood for and for him balanced reportage, professionalism and the passion to sell Africa in in a good light portrays that Komla understood what quality entails in on the international front.

Komla Dumor’s high rise to greatness perhaps has made it a dream achievable and for Joy FM’s Emmanuella Asante, “it is possible for everyone to be on the international stage”.

Many might have enjoyed Komla both on set and in private life but like a Yoruba proverb: “when night falls a visitor must leave his host”.

Many are yet to be healed of Komla’s sudden departure but for Mrs. Dumor and the three lovely kids, Komla Dumor’s favorite bible scripture, 1 Samuel 30:6 would be a good comfort.

The former BBC news presenter passed on to glory in the early hours of Saturday January 18, 2014 and would be remembered at a special service to be held at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Accra this weekend for his first anniversary.

By Frank Adjei

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