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The Spirit Of Komla Shines Bright across Africa

Komla’s sister Mawuena Trebarh inspires the next generation of journalismThe third Komla Dumor Award was announced last month in London.

I was delighted to meet up with this year’s winner Waihiga Mwau from Nairobi and be in the audience to hear him present his first business show live from the BBC’s New Broadcasting House Theatre. He paid this tribute to this legend of African journalism who died too young four years ago:

“Komla was larger than life. If I can achieve 10 or 20% of what he did I will feel I’ve made my contribution to journalism to tell the African story in a different way from an African man’s or woman’s perspective”

Last month I was honoured to meet Komla’s father Professor Ernest Dumor in Accra and to hear about the latest developments for his planned Komla Dumor Memorial Journalism School. Everything is progressing well and I know all Komla’s many friends and admirers will be delighted to see the school open hopefully next year.

I was in Accra to host a Journalism Symposium for more than a hundred Ghanaean journalism students. It was a great honour that Komla’s big sister Mawuena Trebarh was able to join us to make a wonderful speech to inspire the next generation of Komlas.

It was such a special moment for me and my fellow University colleague and Board member of the UK African Studies Association Professor George Ogolato be invited to be interviewed on Joy FM where Komla began his broadcasting career as a traffic reporter.

PIC 9 Peter Burdin and George Ogola live on Joy FMHe is still fondly remembered at Joy FM and George and I enjoyed the opportunity to share with the audience the work we are doing at our University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to build partnerships with African Universities to promote the teaching of the African editorial narrative which was so important to Komla.

For those of you who want to know more about Komla Dumor and why he was such a giant of African journalism here’s a BBC tribute which was recorded shortly after his death.

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Top Photo: Komla’s sister Mawuena Trebarh inspires the next generation of journalism

Bottom Photo: Peter Burdin and George Ogola live on Joy FM

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