Rich and enviable Profile of Komla Afeke Dumor

Komla Afeke Dumor
Komla Afeke Dumor

Komla Afeke Dumor was born on the 3rd of October 1972 in Accra.

He is the grandson of Philip Gbeho, composer of the music of Ghanaian national anthem.

He schooled in Nigeria where his father Prof Dumor was a lecturer.


He was influenced to study medicine. He  started as a medical student at the University of Jos in Nigeria..

His lack of interest made him dropped out and returned to Ghana where he attended University of Ghana and graduated with a BSc. in Sociology and Psychology.

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He read Master’s of Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

He joined Joy fm as a broadcaster and became the Host of the super morning show.

In 2003, he was adjudged the journalist of the year by Ghana Journalist Association.

In 2006, he joined the BBC African Service in London as host of the radio programme Network Africa.

From 2008 to 2012 he presented The World Today on the BBC World Service.

In 2011, he began presenting the World News and Africa Business Report on BBC World News and early mornings on BBC One and the BBC News Channel.

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In December 2013, he was named as one of the 100 most influential Africans of 2013 by New African magazine.

He conducted interviews with a wide range of high-profile figures, including Kofi Annan, Bill Gates and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Again he did so many important news stories for the BBC which included the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, President Barack Obama’s trip to Africa, and the funeral of Nelson Mandela.


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Exactly 8 years today he joined his maker at  his London home after a cardiac arrest, having been on air the day before at the age of 41.

The Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) presented a special posthumous Founders Award to Dumor’s family in November 2014.

At the 2014 African Achievers Awards Dumor was honoured with a posthumous award for Excellence in Broadcasting.

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Honouring Dumor’s legacy, in 2015, the BBC launched the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award, presented each year “to an outstanding individual living and working in Africa, who combines strong journalism skills, on air flair, and an exceptional talent in telling African stories with the ambition and potential to become a star of the future.”

The award was presented to Ugandan journalist Nancy Kacungira in 2015, Nigerian journalist Didi Akinyelure in 2016, Nigerian journalist Amina Yuguda in 2017, Kenyan journalist Wahiga Mwaura in 2018, Ugandan journalist Solomon Serwanjja in 2019, and in 2020 Kenya’s Citizen TV news anchor Victoria Rubadiri. The winner is given a three-month training and development contract in BBC News.



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