Statement regarding Komla Dumor

Date: 18.01.2014     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.06
Category: Corporate; News
BBC News regrets to announce the death of the BBC Focus on Africa presenter, Komla Dumor. Komla died suddenly at his home in London today.

Komla was born in Accra, Ghana, in 1972. He was one of Ghana's best known journalists.

Komla joined the BBC in 2006 after a decade of broadcast journalism in Ghana, where he won the Ghana Journalist of the Year award. Between 2006 and 2009 he hosted Network Africa for the BBC World Service before joining The World Today programme.

In 2009 Komla became the first host of Africa Business Report on BBC World News. Earlier this year he was named one of New African's 100 most influential Africans in 2013.

Director of BBC Global News, Peter Horrocks, said: "Komla's many friends and colleagues across Africa and the world will be as devastated as we are by this shocking news. Komla was a leading light of African journalism - committed to telling the story of Africa as it really is. Africa's energy and enthusiasm seemed to shine through every story Komla told. He will be deeply missed.

"The sympathies of all his colleagues at the BBC are with his family and friends."

BBC Director of News, James Harding, said: "It is hard to believe that Komla is no longer with us because, in every way, he was larger than life. He had such an infectious enthusiasm for life, for Africa, for the story. He was an inspiring journalist, both on screen and off it. He played a singular role in transforming the coverage of Africa, not only for the BBC but across broadcasting. And he brought a depth of understanding, a great deal of courage, a joyous charm and boundless charisma to his work. He was adored by the people who worked with him and we will miss him deeply. Our thoughts are with his family and friends."

BBC Press Office