General News of 2014-01-21

Death cannot extinguish Komla's light - CPP

The Convention People's Party (CPP) has described the late BBC broadcaster, Komla Dumor as one who typified excellence in all that he did.

"He excelled in his profession, first as a Ghanaian and African, then an international journalist," according to CPP chair, Samia Yaba Nkrumah in a statement issued Tuesday.

"He was objective, neutral and professional, demonstrating commendable courage, patriotism and a keen sense of responsibility to his roots. He did all this with exceptional style that radiated joy and enthusiasm as reflected in his unforgettable smile.

"Komla deeply impacted on many journalists and professionals and we urge our youth to emulate his example in striving to do their best in any endeavor while maintaining an independent way of thinking wherever they may find themselves."

The statement noted that Komla Dumor made Ghana and Africa proud, when he mounted the world stage through the BBC platforms to prove that the African is capable of achieving excellence.

"Death certainly cannot extinguish the light Komla has lit, erase the contributions he made, nor the good feeling he gave us all whenever he appeared on our screens or spoke. Sometimes the young show us the way, and Komla has done just that. The accolades and awards he has received only confirmed wide recognition of his contribution in uplifting his profession, his people and nation.

"Komla Dumor, you made us all in Ghana proud. You made the whole of Africa proud. You gave us hope that we can, with many like you, show the whole world that we are capable of managing our affairs and managing them well. Komla, may your family take comfort in the fact that you represented the best in us and that their burden of grief is mutually shared with the world.

"Boss player, pride of Ghana and Africa, the CPP family salutes you.”

The former Joy FM super star, and host of BBC's Focus on Africa programme and the same time a presenter, BBC World, passed on in his home in London on Saturday, January 18, 2014.

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