“He was only 41 and looked so fit. It is unbelievable that such a thing will happen to him now.

“I knew him and at a point I asked him to serve on a board for the youth.

“He was a social person, always with a smile and quite polite to the society. A bright broadcaster with great promise but who has been cut off midstream.” – Kufour in an interview with the BBC.

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Mahama’s statement

It is with great shock and profound sadness that I learned of the sudden death of one of the most illustrious sons of Ghana, the internationally-acclaimed BBC TV broadcaster, Komla Afeke Dumor.

Komla was a hardworking, dedicated and consummate professional, who blazed a trail, from his days of great success as Ghana’s most popular broadcaster with Joy-FM in Accra, where he won the Ghana Journalist of the Year award, to his inspiring rise at the BBC in London.

Komla was a friend, a brother and a patriot, who cared very deeply about Ghana and Africa and also about global leadership that serves people and improve lives. His brilliant broadcast work during the recent passing of South Africa’s global icon, Nelson Mandela, was hailed by many around the world.

He always sought every opportunity to share his deep passion for Ghana’s success. He called on me during his last visit to Accra and we discussed varied issues relating to Ghana and Africa. He invited me to take better advantage of BBC’s strategic reach to project the positive achievements Ghanaians are chalking.

In his passing, Ghana, Africa and indeed the world have lost a great, dedicated and wonderful human being and world broadcaster.  May his soul rest in peace.

On behalf of my Government and the people of Ghana, I wish to express my deepest sympathies and condolences to his wife, Kwansema and the children and also to his father, Professor Ernest Dumor, his siblings Mawuena and Korshie the entire family.

Our sympathies also go to his colleagues at the BBC and in the international broadcasting and journalism fraternity.

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