The BBC’s Director of global news, Peter Horrock has recently come out to announce that plans are underway to establish a foundation in Komla Dumor’s memory for aspiring African journalists.
The decision was made known to all including the dozens of BBC staff who joined to remember their departed colleague at an impromptu memorial gathering on Monday January 20, 2014.
Speaking at the service held at the All Souls Church, Mr. Horrocks, remembered how Dumor would always call him ‘boss’ despite his protestations to the contrary.
He eulogized Komla in these exact words
‘He blazed a path for so many others,’
After his warm tribute, a series of moving tributes followed from Dumor’s closest friends and colleagues.
“He called me ‘chief’ said head of the African Service, Solomon Mugera.
Several speakers recalled that they had been told to ‘look after’ him when he first arrived in the UK but that he soon became more like a ‘big brother’, looking out for them instead.
Liliane Landor, controller of languages at global news, described him as a man ‘big in stature, intellect and heart’.
Komla Dumor died at his London home on Saturday after a suspected heart attack.