Komla Dumor, the late BBC anchor who died suddenly in London of cardiac arrest on 18 January 2014 will be buried on Saturday, 22 February.
Komla, who began his career as a traffic reporter at Joy FM in Ghana became, in the space of five short years, the African face of the BBC as anchor of its Focus on Africa programme.
His untimely death draped a shroud of mourning over his colleagues at the BBC and fans across Africa and beyond, people whose lives had been impacted by the work he did.
Komla, who began his university education in Jos, Nigeria before moving back to Ghana and then Harvard had interviewed statesmen and celebrities, charming them all with his affability, wit and intelligence.
The Ghanaian government has announced that a street will be named after him in his home district. The announcement was made on Thursday by Haruna Iddrisu, the MP representing Tamale South who said the government had directed the Ketu South District Assembly, where Komla hailed from, to name a street after the ace broadcaster.
Komla is survived by his wife and three children and will be sorely missed by his family, colleagues and fans across Africa.
In a Facebook post on arrival in Ghana for the funeral, Peter Okwoche, his co-anchor on the show and former mate at the university of Jos wrote: “I am in Ghana for all the wrong reasons, but who’s to say what’s fair and what’s not? One thing I know, tell that person how much you appreciate them. KD was truly an inspiration. Chale I dey cry but we had so much fun, so I dey laff too. You know how it goes. Rest well man. Rest well.”