I woke up to the sound of his voice…
Even in my sleep, Komla Dumor demanded my attention – and he got it!
This wouldn’t be the first time that I’d fallen asleep on the couch while watching TV and doing course work. Except on this particular day, just a few days ago, I woke up to the familiar voice of the Ghanaian news reporter for BBC World News in the early hours of the morning. Even through my sleepy eyes I was proud to see a Ghanaian on my TV screen, and despite just waking up, I had subconsciously registered how inspiring it was to see an African reading the news to me. He made every news report seem so personal – as though he were talking directly to me.
I’m saddened by the news of his sudden death, said to be of a heart attack in his home in London. Aged just 41, he had a bright and prosperous ahead of him. Already a house-hold name in his native Ghana, Dumor is well-known for presenting BBC World News and Focus on Africa; reporting Africa – from Africans.
I’m deeply saddened that I will never get an opportunity to meet him personally or even send a tweet of thanks directly to him. As a young aspiring journalist, seeing icons like him is the motivation I need to continue on the path of my chosen career as a travel journalist, whatever the obstacles. However I am grateful that I learnt of him before his death, and that his distinctive voice resonated in my memory from the period in 2006/2007 when I lived in Ghana and Dumor was a radio presenter.
I’m especially grateful for that particular morning, just some days ago, when I woke up to a bold reminder from Dumor that “we have a voice” the this industry… Little did I know it would be the last time I would be hearing his live on TV.
The world has lost a great journalist, Africa has lost an advocate… Ghana has lost a son.
My condolences to family, friends and all fans of Dumor. Rest in Perfect Peace.