Date published: February 5, 2014
By Bernice Bessey
Wailing, drumming, dancing and dirges welcomed a British Airways flight, which landed on the tarmac of Kotoka International Airport at 8:25pm, on February 3rd, 2014, carrying the mortal remains of one of Ghana’s finest journalists, Komla Afeke Dumor.
Shortly after the plane landed, the BBC Focus on Africa presenter, Komla Afeke Dumor’s mortal remains was removed from the cargo compartment and carried by pall bearers from Aflao Royal Guards.
Some journalists and family members present, solemnly whispered among themselves: ‘so is this the end of man’s life after a long struggle. Ah!! Komla left the shores of this country as a human being but now he is coming back as a cargo’.
Accompanying Komla back home from London were his wife, Kwansema Dumor, children and some family members. Family members and loved ones were clad in red and black attire to signify that they were mourning.
Torgbui Amenya Fiti V, Paramount Chief of Aflao called on all to use Komla’s departure as a moment to re-kindle broken relationships, build walls of peace and unity.
The date for the final funereal rites was not announced. Mrs. Esther Koba, spokesperson for the Dumor family, however, charged journalists to exhibit the excellence of Komla because ‘he is a treasured one among the media’.
She said the family was grateful for the support from the media and Ghanaians. ‘This is a time we all will be looking for news but I entreat you to respect the privacy of the family, our culture and how we view our dead.
‘The family is grateful for the support and the continuous love we have received. We need peace; we need comfort to comfort each other’.
Dumor started as the morning show host on Joy FM in Accra, Ghana, and was the 2003 winner of Journalist of the Year award given by the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghana_Journalists_Association Ghana Journalists Association http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joy_FM_%28Ghana%29 .
In 2006 Dumor joined the BBC African Service in London as host of the radio programme Network Africa. From 2008 to 2012 he presented http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_Today_%28BBC_World_Service%29 The World Today on the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_World_Service BBC World Service http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_World_Service#Africa .
In 2011 Dumor began presenting the World News and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Africa_Business_Report Africa Business Report on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_World_News BBC World News http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_World_News_%28programme%29 television.
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