Kwansema going through the widowhood rite
President John Dramani Mahama last Saturday joined several mourners to bid a final farewell to the late Komla Afeke Dumor, the Ghanaian BBC broadcaster who died of cardiac arrest in his London home on Saturday, January 18, this year.
The mortal remains of Komla Dumor, 41, arrived at the forecourt of the State House in Accra at about 7:00 am for the pre-burial service.
The body was laid in state for dignitaries and other special guests from Ghana and across the globe to file past it and pay their last respects.
President Mahama was the last person to file past the body after which the casket, in a shape like that of the late Pope John Paul, and made of Mahogany wood, was covered for liturgical service to begin.
Tributes from his wife, children, family, loved ones and high profile personalities, including President Mahama, were read at the burial service.
President John Mahama consoling Prof Dumor
The President, in his tribute, described Komla as “a true son of Africa, who easily submerged his Ghanaian identity into the unifying sea of gracious and common humanity, so that millions around the world, Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians, Africans and non-Africans, black or white, could claim him as one of their own.”
According to him, Komla proved to be a real stabilizer, a role model and a source of admiration, as well as inspiration, for millions around the world.
“Indeed, Komla’s stature transcended nationality, race and continents. Komla leaves us with some true life lessons that even when life gives you lemons, you can still find a humble and enduring way to turn these lemons into lemonade,” Mahama said.
Peter Horrocks, Director of BBC World Service, said in his tribute: “To understand the impact of Komla Dumor, you need only look at what happened after his devastating death.”
He said when Komla joined the BBC, he exploded onto the radio and the TV screen and became the personalization of the BBC’s commitment in Africa with the show that was his – Focus on Africa on BBC World News.
Elinam Sapong, Elorm Dumor and Araba Dumor
According to him, Komla didn’t want to be pigeon-holed and always wanted to spread his wings, adding that “he adored and celebrated his African-ness and Africa. But he was also an Africa journalist for the world, telling stories in a way that everyone could relate to, and lapping up the reaction he was getting around the globe.”
After the liturgical service, a widowhood rite was performed for the deceased wife, Kwansema, by Rev. Father Mensah of the Holy Spirit Cathedral.
Forty-one blue and ash-colored balloons were released into the atmosphere, representing the number of years Komla lived on earth, after which the casket of the late Ghanaian BBC broadcaster was lifted from the State House for a private burial.
The family had been tightlipped on where the former BBC presenter was buried, but sources close to DAILY GUIDE revealed that the body was interred next to his late mother’s at their family house in Accra.
A thanksgiving service was held on Sunday, February 23, at the Holy Spirit Cathedral.
The Presiding Minister for the service, Rev. Father Wisdom Larweh, asked Christians to strive to attain perfection as Christ did.
Komla left behind a wife and three children.
By Cephas Larbi