A foundation has been set up to honour the legacy of ace Ghanaian BBC broadcaster, Komla Dumor, who passed away this month in London.
A statement issued and signed by spokesperson for the Dumor family, Esther Cobbah, explained that the ‘Komla Dumor Memorial Foundation’ is aimed at sustaining “the legacy of Komla Dumor by pursuing plans he had for promoting the ideals that he stood and worked for.”
The foundation will also seek to promote excellence in journalism, with particular emphasis on broadcast journalism, and initiate programmes for the development of African youth as well as the education of children, including his own three children, the statement said.
The BBC has indicated its preparedness to establish a bursary in honour of the ‘Boss Player’ who was committed to ‘telling the African story’ in all his reports.
In the statement, the family of Komla Dumor has given details of a bank account for monetary contributions from philanthropists, friends and well wishers.
Komla Dumor was a presenter of BBC World News and BBC Focus on Africa programme before this death on January 18, 2014.
He joined the global news network in 2006 after hosting Joy FM’s flagship morning show, “The Super Morning Show” for almost a decade.
Below is the full statement from the Dumor Family
A Komla Dumor Memorial Foundation has been set up by the Dumor Family to sustain the legacy of Komla Dumor by pursuing plans he had for promoting the ideals that he stood and worked for. These ideals enabled him to have such a positive impact on the world and endeared him to so many people worldwide, resulting in the amazing outpouring of love following his passing.
The Komla Dumor Memorial Foundation will, among other things, seek to promote excellence in journalism, with particular emphasis on broadcast journalism, and initiate programmes for the development of African youth as well as the education of children, including his own three wonderful children, Elinam, Elorm and Araba.
Since the passing of Komla Dumor on Saturday 18th January 2014, numerous individuals, local and international organisations have offered to contribute to such a framework for continuing the tremendous impact that Komla made in addition to giving him a fitting burial.
The Foundation has made arrangements for monetary contributions to be paid into a bank account details of which are as follows:
Account Name : Komla Dumor Foundation
Account Numbers : 0100118364400 (GHANA CEDI)
Swift Code : SCBLGHAC
Branch : Opeibea House
Branch Address : P. O. Box KIA 903, Airport, Accra
The Komla Dumor Memorial Foundation will be managed by a Board of Trustees made up of distinguished local and international personalities who believe in what Komla stood for. The Foundation will coordinate all other initiatives designed to honor the memory of Komla Dumor.
Donors to the Komla Dumor Memorial Foundation may specify the use to which the donor wishes to have the donation applied within the broad parameters of the Foundation. The Foundation may be contacted on the following:
Tel: +233 303 932 383
In respect of In Kind Donations, arrangements can be made through the email or phone contact provided above.
Prof. Ernest Dumor, father of Komla Dumor, says, “Komla sought to give of himself to society and set an example of excellence, especially for the youth. He was always eager to ease the pain of those in need. It is our hope this Foundation will enable us to continue pursuing and realizing Komla’s dream. We are grateful to all those who have expressed their commitment to this cause.”