BBC News presenter Komla Dumor: A Legend and Forever Missed (1972-2014)
BBC News presenter Komla Dumor: A Legend and Forever Missed (1972-2014). The 10th of January 2016 marked the third anniversary of the death of the Ghanaian-born BBC World News presenter, Komla Dumor. It was reported that Mr Dumor suffered a heart attack on the 18th of January 2014 at the age of 41.
Mr Dumor’s approach to his work and values was admirable and impressive, but his passion for Africa and Africans was without a doubt a unique one or as President John Dramani Mahama the former president of Ghana described Mr Dumor has the ‘finest ambassadors and a broadcaster of exceptional quality and Ghana’s gift to the world’, in addition to this recognition, Mr Dumor was also listed among the top 100 most influential personalities in Africa by the New Africa times.
We would like to use this article to pay respect to Mr Dumor for the barriers that he broke for Africans in the diaspora and for inspiring us at Afrokanist Magazine. In early 2014 we came across a Ted Talk titled Telling the African Story: Komla Dumor, In this Ted Talk he shared his experience of working as a BBC News presenter, he also highlighted the importance of representation and the danger in how the media depicts Africa under a negative stereotypical lens, in this speech he shared a famous African proverb, which is, ‘until the lion learns to write the narrative will always glorify the hunter’ the short and powerful sentences inspired the creation of Afrokanist Magazine ‘we have become the lion that disapproves of the hunters narrative’ and this is why we will forever be grateful and always celebrate Mr Dumor for his great work, for his infectious passion and love for Africans and Africa. Rest In Peace Komla Afeke Dumor (1972-2014)