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Ghana-born BBC presenter Komla Dumor has died suddenly at his home in London at the age of 41, it has been announced.

A presenter for BBC World News and BBC Focus on Africa and one of Ghana’s best journalists, Dumour joined the BBC as a radio broadcaster in 2007 after a decade of journalism in his

“Komla’s many friends and colleagues across Africa and the world will be as devastated as we are by this shocking news,” said BBC Global a News Director Peter Horrocks in a statement.

“The sympathies of all his colleagues at the BBC are with his family and friends,” Horrocks added, also calling Dumor a leading light of African journalism who would be deeply missed.

Komla Dumor was born on 3 October 1972 in Accra, Ghana. Following a BA in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Ghana, he studied for a Masters in Public Administration at Harvard University.

In 2003, he won the Ghana Journalist of the Year award in 2003.

During his time at the BBC he hosted Network Africa for BBC World Service radio until 209, later joining The World Today programme.
He became the first host of Africa Business Report on BBC World News.

He travelled across Africa, meeting the continent’s top entrepreneurs as well as interviewing a number of high-profile guests including Bill Gates and Kofi Annan.

2010 World Cup in South Africa, the funeral of Kim Jong-il, the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, the Norway shootings and the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton were a few of the major world events he covered live.

Last month, he covered the funeral of former South African President, Nelson Mandela, and in his review of 2013 published last month Dumor said the passing of Mandela was “one of the moments that will stay with me”.

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