President Eulogises Komla Dumor

Mr Cecil Garbrah, A  .close relative of the Dumor family signing the book of condolence Photo Seth Osabukle (3)President John Mahama has expressed sadness over the death of Komla Dumor, Ghana’s renowned BBC presenter saying, “Ghana, Africa and the world have lost a great, dedicated and wonderful human being.”

Eulogizing the late Dumor, President Mahama, in a tribute, described the deceased as a “friend, a brother and a patriot, who cared very deeply about Ghana and Africa, and also about global leadership that serves people and improve lives”.

According to the President, he received the news of “the sudden death of one of the most illustrious sons of Ghana, the internationally-acclaimed BBC TV broadcaster, Komla Dumor, with great shock and profound sadness.

“Komla was a hardworking, dedicated and consummate professional, who blazed a trail, from his days of great success as Ghana’s most popular broadcaster with Joy-FM in Accra, where he won the Ghana Journalist of the Year award, to his inspiring rise at the BBC in London”.

President Mahama said Komla Dumor always sought opportunity to share his deep passion for Ghana’s success, adding that Komla called on him during his last visit to Accra during which they discussed varied issues relating to Ghana and Africa.

“He invited me to take better advantage of BBC’s strategic reach to project the positive achievements Ghanaians are chalking,” the President said.

He noted that with his passing, Ghana, Africa and indeed the world have lost a great, dedicated and wonderful human being and world broadcaster.

President Mahama said “on behalf of the government and Ghanaians, i express my sympathies and condolences to the bereaved family as well as his colleagues at the BBC and in the international broadcasting and journalism fraternity”.

In a related development former President John Kufuor, described the death of ace BBC broadcaster, Komla Dumor as “so shocking.”

He observed that the late Dumor “was rising so fast and he had everything to live for, and it’s unbelievable that this thing should happen to him now.

Mr. Kufuor told the BBC on Saturday that Ghanaians and the world at large will remember the late Komla Dumor as a “bright broadcaster with great promise who has been cut off in mid-stream.”

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), in its tribute, described the death of Komla Dumor “as a great loss.
“We are chocked for words,” said the Association’s tribute signed by its General Secretary, Dave Agbenu.
According to the GJA, the late Komla Dumor was a great broadcaster who burst onto the media scene from nowhere and became a legend.
“No wonder he was adjudged the journalist of the year in 2003,” the Association said, adding that his exploits vindicated the GJA’s decision to crown him the journalist of the year, “and he did not disappoint us.”
“We are grieving a colleague who stood tall among his peers, and was the finest of African broadcast journalism,” the tribute said.
The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in a tribute, described the late Dumor as a committed broadcaster, whose death was shocking.

The tribute, signed by the party’s General Secretary, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, said the late Dumor was one of Ghana’s distinguished broadcasters, whose dedication and hardwork earned him both local and international reputation.

“The NDC saw him as a committed broadcaster, with an unquestionable urge to pursue the cardinal principles of his profession – “loyalty to the people” the tribute said.

“It said zeal to defend the people was vividly demonstrated in his expression, ‘for the benefit of our listeners”.

The statement said the party also remembered him as an astute media practitioner with unflinching passion for the development of Ghana’s fledgling democracy which has become a beacon of Africa in democracy and multi-party practices.

The NDC said“Indeed his role in Ghana’s democracy manifested in his desire to pursue issues of interest to their logical conclusion through interviews.”

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) also said it was saddened by the loss of Komla Dumor, who died suddenly in London on Saturday.

A tribute signed by the party’s National Chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, said undoubtedly, Komla Dumor was one of the brightest and best journalists Ghana, and indeed the rest of Africa, has been blessed with over the last decade.

“The leadership and entire membership of the party wishes to convey our thoughts, sympathies and prayers to the wife, children and family of Komla Dumor in this time of mourning. We hope you will be consoled by your cherished memories of Komla and be comforted by the presence of family and friends,” the NPP said..

The party noted that Ghana was grateful for his dedication, pride in our country and service to Africa and the world.

“It was through hard work and determination that he was, in November 2013, named in the list of 100 most influential Africans, as he established himself as one of the emerging African faces of global broadcasting, who had considerable influence on how the continent is covered.

“As a presenter on the BBC World News and its “Focus on Africa” programme, Africa’s energy and enthusiasm seemed to shine through every story Komla told. We will miss him dearly and it is our prayer that God grants him rest and safely keeps him in His bosom,” the tribute read.

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