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Devastating News: BBC’s Komla Dumor Dead at 42, Ghanaian President Speaks, Family Releases Statement

I heard the devastating news yesterday that British Ghanaian journalist died of a heart attack at only 42 (1972-2014). What a terrible news. Since then, tributes have been pouring in from many, across the globe. He was an impressive young man. Equally impressive was his remarkable contributions to the world. May his soul rest in peace.

Folks, take care of your health. Nothing is more important than your health: not your career, not your amazing talents, not relationships (which you should eliminate those relationships that give you stress), really nothing. Dumor prior to his death shared the health challenges and stress he had been experiencing at work (read below).

Also, listen to the interview on BBC remembering him, watch Komla Dumor at TedxEuston, Read other statements and tribute.

-Uduak
Photocredit: BBC Media Center

BBC Interview on Death of Komla Dumor
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BBC Tribute

Komla Dumor at TEDxEuston

Statement on Komla Dumor’s Facebook Page That he Made Days Before Death
God has been v good to me.,last year I experienced a lot of illness ..my BP nearly gave me a stroke but I trod on..waking up at 2am and heading to work..exhausted sometimes..aching in my body a soul..mentally and emotionally drained ..but I kept going ..I smiled for the camera..I volunteered for extra shifts ..I showed respect to my colleagues from directors to the security guards..I took a lot of jealousy driven vicious insults and backstabbing from petty people without reply..I remain silent in my personal strife and misery..I kept smiling and pushing on to present better and to engage w my audience and increase my following.,long days and frustrating times..but I kept going..through the west gate mall coverage through the Mandela funeral..even when illness had me collapsing I delivered..today my boss the head of television called me for a 1 minute meeting..he said Komla we have decided to make you the anchor presenter for our coverage of the World Cup in Brazil ..we shook hands and I left..I looked to the sky and said thank you Lord for reminding me that you are on my side ..the enemy will be scattered..Selah!Selah! Praise Him..tomorrow is another day.

Press Statement from the Dumor Family
Dumor Family, Accra – The Dumor, Gbeho and allied families with deep sorrow announce the passing of our beloved Komla Dumor today in London.

Komla, as is well known, has been BBC presenter and previously presented the Joy FM Super Morning Show.

We are lost for words at Komla’s passing. Further information will be provided in due course.

Media Contact
Esther A. N. Cobbah
0230847021

Ghana’s President John Mahama’s Statement
It is with great shock and profound sadness that I learned of the sudden death of one of the most illustrious sons of Ghana, the internationally-acclaimed BBC TV broadcaster, Komla Afeke Dumor.

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.

Komla was 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. His brilliant broadcast work during the recent passing of South Africa’s global icon, Nelson Mandela, was hailed by many around the world.

He always sought every opportunity to share his deep passion for Ghana’s success. He called on me during his last visit to Accra and we 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.

In his passing, Ghana, Africa and indeed the world have lost a great, dedicated and wonderful human being and world broadcaster. May his soul rest in peace.

On behalf of my Government and the people of Ghana, I wish to express my deepest sympathies and condolences to his wife, Kwansema and the children and also to his father, Professor Ernest Dumor, his siblings Mawuena and Korshie the entire family.

Our sympathies also go to his colleagues at the BBC and in the international broadcasting and journalism fraternity.

Komla Dumor Shares his Background on TGIF

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