Komla Afeke Dumor was born on October 3, 1972. He is a Ghanaian journalist who worked for BBC World News and was the main presenter on its programme Focus on Africa.
Komla Dumor was born to Mr. Ernest Dumor, a professor of sociology, and Mrs. Cecelia Dumor, who has a master’s degree in Mass Communication. Philip Gbeho, the composer of the Ghanaian Anthem, was his grandfather and his uncle was leading Ghanaian diplomat Victor Gbeho. Komla Dumor studied pre-clinical medicine at the University of Jos, Nigeria. He left Nigeria for his home country Ghana where he began as a medical student at the University of Ghana, Legon but he later graduated with BSc. In Sociology and Psychology. He graduated from Harvard University’s John F. Kenedy School of Government with Master’s of Public Administration.
Komla Dumor started his broadcasting career as a morning show host for Joy FM, a radio station in Accra, Ghana. He was awarded Journalist of the Year in 2003 by the Ghana Journalists Association. Komla joined the BBC African Service in London as host of the radio programme Network Africa in 2006. He presented ‘The World Today’, from 2008 t0 2012 on the BBC World Service. He began presenting the World News and the African Business Report on BBC World news, BBC One and BBC News Channel. Komla Dumor was named amongst 100 most influential African of 2013 by New African magazine. He was widely praised by his colleagues worldwide. He conduction many high profile interviews with high-profile personalities like Kofi Annan and Bill Gates. He also covered many high profile events like the funeral of Nelson Mandela, President Barack Obama’s trip to Africa and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Komla Dumor married Kwansimah Quansah, with whom he had three children. Komla Dumor died on 18th January 2014 in his home in London after a cardiac arrest. He was on air the day before his death. His remains were flown to his home country Ghana on the 3rd of February, 2014. His funeral was held from 21st to 23rd of February, 2014.