The passing of Ghanaian born Komla Dumor of the BBC this week bears striking similarities to the demise of SABC star Vuyo Mbuli. The latter collapsed while watching a local rugby game and was minutes later pronounced dead. Both men were in their forties and at the prime of their journalistic careers which their respective audiences expected would extend well into elderly years before bowing out like the likes of Larry King and Bernard Shaw.


But it was not to be. Death has once again robbed the viewing public of a sharp engaging personality without the slightest warning.

The Mirror reported that BBC Radio 4 Today presenter Mishal Husain described Dumor as "one of our brightest and best", while the BBC's Global News director Peter Horrocks said he had been a "a leading light of African journalism".

Since joining the BBC in 2007, after a decade of broadcast journalism where he won the Ghana Journalist of the Year award, Mr Dumor had forged an impressive career which saw him named as one of New African's 100 most influential Africans in 2013.

Between 2007 and 2009 he hosted Network Africa for the BBC World Service before joining The World Today programme, and became the first host of Africa Business Report on BBC World News in 2009.

Like Vuyo, a heart attack is suspected to be the cause of death. Sudden must be the underlying term given that Komla was well enough to send out what would be his final tweet less than 48 hours ago.

"Looking forward to interviewing #SouthSudan ex child soldier musician @EmmanuelJAL on Focus on Africa today at 1730GMT," Komla tweeted via the handle @BBCkomladumor on January 17.

Africa and the world mourns the loss of a tremendous talent whose passion for Africa and the African story resonated in voice and on screen.

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