Football administrator and close pal of Komla Dumor, Mr. Herbert Mensah, has paid a moving and personal tribute to the iconic broadcaster at a liturgical service in Accra.
He eulogised the unparalleled excellence that underpinned Komla’s work and praised his undying love for his father, Prof. Ernest Dumor, sister Mawuena Trebarh, brother Korshie Dumor and three children.
Attached is the complete audio presentation of Mr. Mensah’s tribute.
My Brother Komla
Blessed is the man who dies pure, Cursed are the evil doers who survive!
Komla to be associated with you as a Brother and a Friend, to be someone who you could trust and depend on reveals more about all your friends than you! You are known as our untainted National land guard of probity, integrity, fearlessness and seeker of equity and the truth. People who claim to be your friends must be able to follow and stand by your side out of the shadows. Yes anyone who is a friend of ours must be able to take the heat!
BBC on Saturday 1st February 2014, held a memorial service for Komla Dumor who died suddenly last month at his home in London.
The Ghanaian BBC World TV Presenter and its Focus on Africa Programme was 41.
The memorial service took place at the St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London, UK. Friends, family and colleagues were present.
KOMLA DUMOR – The Boss Playa
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters” ― Albert Einstein
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Herbert Mensah recently accompanied the former President of Ghana, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings (Ret.), on a visit to South Africa where Rawlings received the highest accolade for 2013 of the Mkiva Humanitarian Award entitled “Global Champion for People’s Freedom .”
They also visited the Steve Biko Memorial in Ginsberg, outside King Williams’ Town. The Memorial is dedicated to the political activist, murdered in 1977 by security police. who became the face of Black Consciousness in South Africa. His legacy is maintained by the Steve Biko Foundation.
As part of the trip a courtesy visit was also made to Mr. Thabo Mbeki, former President of the Republic of South Africa.