The funeral for BBC Presenter Komla Dumor has begun in Ghana. Dumor died last month in London at the age of 41.
Saturday’s funeral service in the forecourt of State House in the capital, Accra will be followed by a private family burial and there will then be a thanksgiving service at the cathedral on Sunday.
Mourners including Ghanaian President John Mahama gathered to pay their respects to the man known for a charismatic presenting style.
Ghana’s president described Komla as “one of the country’s finest ambassadors”
Born in 1972, in 1988 Komla began medical studies in Jos, Nigeria, before quitting studying sociology and psychology in Ghana.
In 1998, he joined Joy FM as a traffic reporter. In 2000 he hosted Joy FM’s morning show. In 2003 he was named journalist of the year.
He joined BBC, presenting Network Africa on World Service radio. In 2009 he launched Africa Business Report on World TV.In 2012 he Launched Focus on Africa TV.
In 2013, he was named on New African magazine list of 100 most influential Africans.
“Komla Dumor represented all that is good in Africa” Josephine Hazeley, deputy editor of the BBC Africa Service said