The Africa University College of Communication (AUCC), has collaborated with the Komla Dumor Foundation to open the Komla Dumor Centre for Broadcast Journalism in honour of his legacy.
The inauguration of the centre took place at the school’s premises in Accra, over the weekend.
Addressing the gathering, the president of AUCC, Dr. G. Koryoe Anim-Wright, said the university was honoured to partner with the Komla Dumor Foundation to establish a centre for broadcast journalism to continue the legacy of the icon of African broadcast journalism.
She emphasised the need for broadcast journalists to have a sound academic grounding and the required skills and expertise for research and interviews as the late Dumor displayed throughout his career.
Dr. Anim-Wright said the centre would serve the purpose and “is a collective plan that ensures the longevity of Komla’s important legacy” through training of broadcast journalists to be like the ace broadcaster.
She called on all to offer support for the centre to realise its full potential.
The chairperson of the Komla Dumor Memorial Foundation, Dr. Mrs. Mary Chinery-Hesse, expressed excitement of the opening of the centre which would promote the legacy of Komla.
She said Komla was highly professional and pursued excellence in his career and was hopeful the centre would produce broadcast journalists who share same attributes.
Professor Isaac Abeeku Blankson, Dean of Communication Studies at AUCC, highlighted the academic activities the centre would offer to inculcate a path to excellence in broadcast journalism in students and future journalists.
He noted the centre would offer short courses in broadcast journalism with emphasis on television and radio and organise lectures on the performance of the media in Africa annually.
The Dean said the centre would organise media conferences annually and establish a journalism honours degree programme to nurture the students and journalists.
The Deputy Minister of Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, pledged the government’s support to the centre to produce another icon in broadcast journalism.
By Claude Nyarko Adams