Mr Herbert Mensah, President of Ghana Rugby, sadly remembers the day when he was informed of the passing of Komla Afeke Dumor (3 October 1972 – 18 January 2014), the Ghanaian journalist who worked for BBC World News and was the main presenter of its programme Focus on Africa.
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The President of Ghana Rugby, Herbert Mensah has remembered Komla Dumor – a close friend of his – on what would have been his 46th birthday with this clip that was recorded in Accra after Komla’s tragic passing in 2014.
Komla Afeke Dumor (3 October 1972 – 18 January 2014) was a Ghanaian journalist who worked for BBC World News and was the main presenter of its programme Focus on Africa. Dumor died on 18 January 2014 in his London home after a cardiac arrest, having been on air the day before.
Dumor died on 18 January 2014 in his London home after a cardiac arrest, having been on the air the day before. Herbert Mensah and Komla were extremely close friends, and Herbert remembered that tragic day as though it was yesterday.
Herbert remembered his dear friend Komla Dumor who sadly died on the 18th of January three years ago as follows on his Facebook Page.
Komla – friend, kid brother a “member”, the Playa and a Treasure
The 18th of January will always bring sharp painful memories impossible to forget and for virtually everyone who had the privilege of knowing you they will feel your presence which coupled with your influence, your infectious spirit, your humility and your kindness that you showed everyday you were with us, as a part of their lives they will never forget!
We shared moments of genuine happiness between us which were born out of love, mutual respect for one another and common principles!
Last night I got a message from mutual friends of ours and I started reading through many of our messages to one another. You were so special.
Rest easy Brother rest as I remember the good times and regret not seeing the Great things you would have achieved had you stayed ….
He eulogised the unparalleled excellence that underpinned Komla’s work and praised his undying love for his father, Prof. Ernest Dumor, sister Mawuena Trebarh, brother Korshie Dumor and three children.
Attached is the complete audio presentation of Mr. Mensah’s tribute.
Blessed is the man who dies pure, Cursed are the evil doers who survive!
Komla to be associated with you as a Brother and a Friend, to be someone who you could trust and depend on reveals more about all your friends than you! You are known as our untainted National land guard of probity, integrity, fearlessness and seeker of equity and the truth. People who claim to be your friends must be able to follow and stand by your side out of the shadows. Yes anyone who is a friend of ours must be able to take the heat!
BBC on Saturday 1st February 2014, held a memorial service for Komla Dumor who died suddenly last month at his home in London.
The Ghanaian BBC World TV Presenter and its Focus on Africa Programme was 41.
The memorial service took place at the St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London, UK. Friends, family and colleagues were present.