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AUCC honours K. Dumor’s memory with Komla Dumor Centre for Broadcast Journalism

Written by  Oct 04, 2015
The African University College of Communications (AUCC), has honoured the memory of the late Broadcast Journalist, Komla Afeke Dumor with a centre named after him. The Komla Dumor Centre for Broadcast Journalism is a legacy journalism project in memory of Komla Dumor, the guiding spirit and the iconof broadcast journalism in Africa and also forms part of the pillars of the Komla Dumor Memorial Foundation. To give full expression to Komla’s legacy, the centre will focus attention on the cultivation and growth of the next generation of leaders in African/Global media. Fundamental to this is the commitment of the Centre to advancing excellence in the practice of journalism and advancement of ethical standards. The Komla Dumor centre for Broadcast Journalism will also serve as a centre for inculcating journalistic integrity, a platform for informed debate, and the incubator of new ideas and practices in the evolving global media environment. Eulogizing the late Komla Dumor, the founder of the African University of Communications (AUCC), Prof. Kojo Yankah described Komla Dumor as an embodiment of hard work, good manners, fortitude, courage, dedication, determination, scholarship, sincerity, and excellence and above all his humility and readiness to learn. Prof. Yankah stated that he would liken the late Dumor to a needle needed to sow together all the qualities we need as African journalist to keep our continent better. He said the love Dumor had for his continent was so evident and kept him doing his best at all times. He indicated that the death of the late broadcast journalist came as a big blow to the school and to keep his legacy and shining example alive, the school took the bold decision to continue to search for that beautiful steel that Dumor was made of. Prof. Yankah revealed that the ceremony is not just like any ordinary ceremony which would fade away but rather it would remain as a lasting legacy for others to emulate. He said ‘’this is an occasion that would be replicated for a longtime at this institution, to serve as a fitting testimony to the depth of the greatness of the young man who passed this life’’. The Komla Dumor Centre for Broadcast Journalism would offer short courses in broadcast journalism with emphasis on television and radio, policy research in multimedia, there would also be an annual Komla Dumor Memorial Lectures on the performance of the media in Africa in an increasing global society. The centre would also organize an annual conference on media and governance in Africa and Journalism Honours Programme. The centre would also offer an MA degree in Broadcast Journalism subject to the requirements of the National Accreditation Board. The centre is housed at the African University College of Communications (AUCC), Downtown Accra (Adabraka). The African University College of Communications (AUCC), is ranked by UNESCO as a potential Centre of Excellence in Communication Studies in Africa.        
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