Ghanaian born top BBC presenter Komla Dumor died of cardiac arrest on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at age 41. Today, Saturday February 1st, 2014, the BBC world service holds a memorial service in memory of his life. A testament itself to the impact of his work, his life.
Dumor’s death is a terrible loss for the people of Ghana, and for the people of the world who live for great and earnest journalism. What remains intriguing about this tragedy however is the celebration of life that comes with the death of flesh. A nostalgia for times passed, the legacy of his work, and an immortality buried in the souls of his followers, loved ones, and the world at large. Hence today at Komla’s funeral service, we celebrate his life. Below is a beautiful TED talk he gave about the African Story. A reflection of the passion he has for his work, his people and life as a whole.
“Komla swept into the world, stylish and sure, with his big chuckle, the light in his eyes, a genuine goodwill for people, a familiarity with laughter. He had no false modesty, yet an endearing insecurity lurked beneath his flair-filled confidence. He had, too, something close to innocence, a wonderful capacity for wonder. And now he is gone. We have lost a star.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian author, writing in Nigeria’s Premium Times