The Komla I Know From Afar


In Dr. Ugorji O. Ugorji’s tribute to the late South African President, Nelson Mandela, published on Sahara Reporters, he wrote “President George W. Bush, once reportedly said that in history we are all “dead.” But every now and then, someone emerges in our collective consciousness, who we wish could live with us eternally. And every now and then some of them do in fact stay with us forever, even after their physical presence is no more.

On Saturday January 18, 2014, Komla Afeke Dumor joined our glorious and progenitor ancestors.

As a young man, I was very inquisitive and I listened to radio religiously, especially the Super Morning Show hosted by Komla, known as the ‘Boss Player’ on Joy FM.

Joy FM became my favourite radio station, and as far as I can remember, I never moved my dial.
I was drawn to him from the first moment I heard his voice and I followed him up till death, an end that was untimely, and had left many asking, why?

I personally don’t know Komla Afeke Dumor, I never met him, so was President John Evans Atta Mills, Nelson Mandela, Squadron Leader Sowu, Prof. Kofi Awoonor, Courage Quashigah, but I was privileged to live to witness, how their lives impacted millions.

I have had a compelling reason to eulogize all these great men and I want to do same for Komla, I guess if there was anything like “Hall Of Fame” for our fallen heroes, all these men will have their names engrained among those before them.

I cannot give a good account of Komla Dumor more than Stan Xoxe Dogbe, Paul Adom Okyere, Herbert Mensah, Samuel Attah Mensah etc, but the little, I know of the man now and for what reason, I am also putting down a short tribute for him, is because, I heard his friends talk about how extra-ordinary human being he was, I have read tributes from Stan Dogbe and Paul Adom Okyere, and all I can say is that if I have one wish to make, I will wish that God wakes him up, so I get to meet and know Komla Afeke Dumor, so that I can also share his amazing story to others.

To quote Ato Kwamena Dadzie, fuck you death.

I guess I am tired of celebrating heroes after their death, I wish that one day, somebody, will call and say Razak, come help me write my biography, that will be a story worth celebrating and sharing and it will be done without tears, not this.

The whole world stood still, as Nelson Mandela was been lowered to the ground, the whole world descended on South Africa, all the leaders from the Super powers, like Barrack Obama, David Cameron were filled with sadness , to the countries that Komla, who anchored the programme for BBC did not mention, because they were insignificant in South Africa. Komla will not get the kind of attention Mandela had, but for me he is more than Mandela, in our hearts, he is more important to us than Mandela.

I have heard people criticize others for daring to compare Komla to Bob Marley, Nelson Mandela and other legends, and I say hold on, I never lived to see Bob Marley, I could not tell Mandela’s story, as I will about Komla, so left to me, Komla is larger than Bob Marley and Nelson Mandela.

It Is like asking me between Diego Maradona and Brazil Pele, who is the greatest footballer on earth, I will tell you Maradona, because I have watched him play and can relate to his story.

One of my favourte all time artistes, Al Pacino, said as human beings we die twice, first, the day we take our last breadth and secondly, the day the last person forgets about us.

Komla Dumor, you will be deeply missed. Your death was unannounced, you were our embassy on wheels, you were our unofficial Ambassador and Ghana is proud to have you.

I will end with a quote from Nelson Mandela “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

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