Tributes have been paid to a BBC TV presenter who has died suddenly at the age of 41.
The broadcaster said KomlaÂ Dumor, one of Ghana’s best-known journalists, had passed away at his London home.
BBC Radio 4 Today presenter Mishal Husain described Dumor as “one of our brightest and best”, while the BBC’s Global News director Peter Horrocks said he had been a “a leading light of African journalism”.
Since joining the BBC in 2007, after a decade of broadcast journalism where he won the Ghana Journalist of the Year award, Mr Dumor had forged an impressive career which saw him named as one of New African’s 100 most influential Africans in 2013.
Between 2007 and 2009 he hosted Network Africa for the BBC World Service before joining The World Today programme, and became the first host of Africa Business Report on BBC World News in 2009.
Ms Husain took to Twitter to share her condolences, tweeting: “Our BBC family tonight mourns loss of one of our brightest & best -Â KomlaÂ Dumor. Big heart, big personality, brilliant broadcaster.
“KomlaÂ developed his own unique on air style, seamlessly moved between TV and radio & influenced Africa coverage across the BBC.”
Mr Horrocks said: “Komla’s many friends and colleagues across Africa and the world will be as devastated as we are by this shocking news.Â KomlaÂ was a leading light of African journalism – committed to telling the story of Africa as it really is. Africa’s energy and enthusiasm seemed to shine through every storyÂ KomlaÂ told. He will be deeply missed.”
Richard Porter, the controller of English services for BBC Global News, tweeted: “Devastated at the news aboutÂ Komla. Talented, clever, warm, charismatic. A great journalist and a great ambassador for the BBC.”