Prez Mahama, Kufuor, Kofi Annan pay tributes

Many Ghanaians, including President John Dramani Mahama and former President John Agyekum Kufuor, have paid tributes to the memory of ace Ghanaian broadcast journalist, Komla Dumor, who died last Saturday.

While President Mahama described Dumor’s death as a great loss to Ghana, Africa and the entire world, former President Kufuor said it was “so shocking”.

President Mahama’s tribute
Referring to the ace BBC TV broadcaster as “a hard-working, dedicated and consummate professional”, President Mahama said Dumor “cared very deeply about Ghana and Africa and also about global leadership that serves people and improve lives”.

The presenter of the BBC’s World News and Focus on Africa programme reportedly died from cardiac arrest last Saturday in London at the young age of 41.

Ghana’s President, who described Komla as “a friend, brother and patriot”, issued a statement in his memory soon after the announcement of his demise.

Kufuor’s tribute
President Kufuor was reported by Accra-based Joy FM to have said he was “caught off guard” upon hearing the news of Dumor’s death.

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

Asked if he listened to him on Joy FM, President Kufuor said, “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 society.  A bright broadcaster with great promise but who has been cut off midstream ,” President Kufuor stated.

Kofi Annan’s tribute
Former United Nation’s Secretary General, Kofi Annan, has described the death as “tragic”.

Writing on his Facebook wall, Mr Annan described Dumor as an “inspirational journalist, always determined to find facts and report on the truth”.

“With Dumor’s sudden and tragic death, Africa has lost one of its brightest young talents. Komla was an inspirational journalist, always determined to find the facts and report on the truth. I shall miss his smile and wonderful sense of humour. May his soul rest in peace,” Mr Annan said.

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