Entertainment of Saturday, 30 April 2011
The ongoing Royal wedding is undoubtedly the biggest news around the globe and would continue to be for some days to come. To be at the center of this is undeniably noble. This is the lot of Ghana’s Komla Dumor.
The BBC is telecasting live the union between the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, and his wife, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge. The two have been pronounced man and wife at Westminster Abbey, and are now heading to Buckingham Palace where there will be a buffet reception for 650 guests.
The man at the center of the BBC live reportage on the Royal nuptial is Komla Dumor; Ghana’s own. From a humble beginning on the streets of Accra, Komla’s glittering career did not come on a silver platter. His said the initial stages at JOY FM were not without challenges.
“People know my story but they only know a small part of the story. They don’t know the beginnings and how humble those beginnings are [such as] walking the streets of Adabraka- Odawna without any sense of plan or guidance,” Komla once said in an interview.
“There was a time myself and Bernard Gbagbey fell in a gutter at Achimota and when I got out of the gutter I said to myself, what kind of job is this. And at the moment we fell into the gutter, some of the Volta girls (Volta Hall, University of Ghana) were passing by and were laughing, I mean they were really, really laughing.”
He holds a BSc in Sociology and Psychology (University of Ghana) and an MA in Public Administration (Harvard University). Initially, Komla Dumor studied medicine for four years but opted out to the disappointment of his professor who told him:"You're not supposed to fail, man! You're a Ghanaian!"
He is married to Kwansema Dumor and the couple is blessed with two children. He enjoys walking the dogs or driving on empty road; thinking, meditating, planning. Komla Dumor is currently an anchor for BBC’s World News television prime time breakfast show.