Ghana born BBC TV presenter, Komla Afeke Dumor, 41 may have been a victim of bully at work which may have had very serious effects on his health. A lady who identified herself simply as Nana said: “After I read his last words on the social media network, I had no doubt that his rising fame was a threat to some of his colleagues who might have problems with the colour of his skin. The result of that was a frightening high blood pressure.”
Dumor died suddenly on 18 January 2014 in his London home after a cardiac arrest.
“God has been very good to me. Last year I experienced a lot of illness. My BP nearly gave me a stroke but I trod on. Waking up at 2am and heading to work. Exhausted sometimes..aching in my body and soul…mentally and emotionally drained, but I kept going. I smiled for the camera..I volunteered for extra shifts..I showed respect to my colleagues from directors to security guards..I took a lot of jealousy driven vicious insults and backstabbing from petty people without reply.. I remain silent in my personal strife and misery..I kept smiling and pushing on to present better and to engage with my audience and increase my following..long days and frustrating times but I kept going..but I kept going..through the west gate mall coverage through the mandela funeral..even when illness had me collapsing, I delivered..today my boss, the head of Television called me for a one minute meeting..he said komla we have decided to make you the anchor presenter for our coverage of the world cup in Brazil..we shook hands and I left. I looked to the sky and said thank you Lord for reminding that you are on my side.. The enemy will be scattered. Selah! Selah! Praise Him.. tomorrow is another day.”
Ghana-born Dumor was a presenter for BBC World News and its Focus on Africa programme.