Komla Dumor, Ghanaian BBC journalist dead

Komla Dumor was on set a day before... Picture: Courtesy BBC

Ghanaian BBC reporter, Komla Dumor, has died. He died of cardiac arrest on Saturday morning in London, the Ghanaian media are reporting.

The media reports quoted neighbours as confirming the death of the Focus on Africa presenter. Ghana’s Joy Online quoted the former Chief Executive Officer of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Herbert Mensah, as confirming the journalist’s passing in an interview.

“His wife is a neighbour to Dumor in London and was present when the doctors pronounced the BBC presenter dead,” Joy Online reports.

Kumla Dumor’s friend, Umaru Fofana, also confirmed his death on his Facebook wall where he later posted tributes.

The BBC is yet to officially announce the death of Komla Dumor.


Komla Dumor was the presenter of BBC’s Focus on Africa show, a dedicated daily TV news programme in English for African audiences, broadcast on BBC World News.

Komla was one of the lead presenters for BBC World News’ European morning segment. Komla joined the BBC in 2007 after a decade of broadcast journalism in Ghana where he won the Ghana Journalist of the Year award.

More on Komla Dumor’s profile

Komla Dumor was on set Friday evening when he hosted the BBC Focus of Africa programme. Last week, he was nominated to be the face of the BBC for the World Cup in Brazil.


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  • Enemona

    Such a fine journalist. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Omoakin

    This is such a rude shock. I still saw him live on tv yesterday. Komla was a truly professional and a source of pride to the continent. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Garden-City Boy

    How would that be? I watched this young man’s program presentation only Yesterday. What the hell is going on here?

  • Okey

    Hard to come to terms with this news. I watched him yesterday interview another African on BBC 11.00 p.m. Nigerian Time. He is (it is difficult to use “was”) one of the finest presenters of my world. My deepest condolences to those who had the privilege and joy of sharing paths with Komla.

  • WilliamsIrehovbude

    OMG! This is too sad a news. I and my wife watched his program last week. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

  • Lanre

    It was like his voice had always been with BBC forever. Always looked forward to hear him signing off on a Radio Program. RIP Komla.

  • Elisha Yoosooph

    Hmmm so sad, i’ll miss him on the screen. RIP.

  • RawleSH

    Gone too soon. He was on of my favorite BBC reporter and presenter. He will surely be missed

  • Lily Ndambu

    This is realy sad news…he was our pride..the brutal hand of death has taken him away

  • Arabi Muhammad Tukur

    The death of Komla is very shocking. I personally will miss him, because I listen to Focus on Africa, which he was presenting regularly. My sincere condolence go to his immediate family especially his wife & children, then to the ‘Focus on Africa’ family. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace, Amen.

  • M. Grace

    I will miss him dearly. I would wake up to see him. My daughter and were talking about him on Friday evening. We were discussing how it was great to see such a well-dressed man.
    May Peace and Blessings be Bestowed on his Family