Komla Dumor funeral: Ghana mourns 'one of finest ambassadors'
21 February 2014 Last updated at 18:45 GMT
Mourners have gathered in Accra, Ghana, for the first of three days of funeral ceremonies for BBC TV presenter Komla Dumor, who died in January at the age of 41.
The funeral service itself will take place on Saturday in the forecourt of State House. He will be buried in the same compound where he buried his mother in 2009.
Ghanaian President John Mahama said the nation had lost one of its finest ambassadors.
Mike Wooldridge reports from Accra.