Komla Dumor What?s it like to ?live the story? during a major news event? To help bring the viewer closer to the heart of BBC News reporting, the BBC has been holding series of special Q&A sessions on Twitter with our global correspondents.

In the fourth of a series of live Twitter Q & A sessions, Komla Dumor answered questions about his own experience of reporting for the BBC and of covering African football.

Below is an edited version of the session which was held on Tuesday 4 June 2013.

Q: Ajala Odunayo on Facebook: You support Ghana, so how did feel when they were beaten by Uruguay in the WC quarter-final? #AskBBCKomla

A: it felt terrible to watch Ghana lose-to come so close and not win was heartbreaking for me and I think for most across Africa

Q: Ezea Kenneth on Facebook: How did it feel to see the first ever World Cup on African soil? #AskBBCKomla

A:It was an amazing experience. It was not about football. It was about an Africa country emerging on the world stage

Q: @MattLee345: Komla ? has the 2010 WC had genuine benefits for the rest of the continent as promised by Blatter

A: I have my doubts WC in SA put Afr football on the map but Afr football is run by CAF and many feel there is a need for change  #AskBBCKomla

Q: @kenny_mannie: From your SA experience and extensive travels around Africa, can Africa host another World Cup anytime soon?#AskBBCKomla

A:Any time soon? Im nt sure. SA is still the only country that I think can manage logistics of that scale now but in future YES #AskBBCKomla

Q: @roger_dakey: You left a vacuum in the Broadcasting sector in Ghana. Do you think there are others who can fill that vacuum? #AskBBCKomla

A:Thanks for the compliment I think there are many talented b?casters in Ghana and I think Ghanaians are the best judge of that #AskBBCKomla

Q: Maya Kamat on Facebook: Did you enjoy your Vuvuzela moment? #AskBBCKomla

A: I love the vuvuzela to be honest!#AskBBCKomla

Q: @bossmizzle: Do u think the ICC targeting only war lords in Africa is unfair considering what?s happening in other countries #AskBBCKomla

A: Targetting? Not sure bcos ICC acts on d req of countries and the UN but true that mainly Africans have been brought b4 it #AskBBCKomla

Q: @scott789: Is there any signs that the 2010 WC has inspired more Ghanaians/Africans to get involved with football? #AskBBCKomla

A: In Ghana football is life. WC did not change that at all. Perhaps unified the country for a fleeting moment #AskBBCKomla

Q: @vincenimoh: Do you aspire to move from World News to National News? #AskBBCKomla

A:I go wherever there is good journalism to be had. BBC news works fine for me globally or domestically #AskBBCKomla

Q: @OtiAdjei: How huge in professional experience terms was covering the tournament for an international audience? #AskBBCKomla

A: Immense.Working TV and radio on location-doing live programs w connecting diff parts of the world-an eye opener definitely #AskBBCKomla

Q: @Piousali: Do you have any advice for young Africans who want to follow your footsteps to a global platform in broadcasting? #AskBBCKomla

A: start small but think big-be ambitious about d quality of your work. Be consistent. Always think about your audience #AskBBCKomla

Q: @JeremieSia: Hi Komla, in one sentence describe your work with the BBC? #AskBBCKomla

A.I do BBC Quality journalism and share it with a global audience on television #AskBBCKomla

Q: @nickysparkzz: Do you miss the Banku with Tilapia in Ghana? #AskBBCKomla

A: I miss GhaTilapia but having travelled around Africa I miss Nyama in Kenya,Braais in SA Isiewu in NGR. Africa sweet #AskBBCKomla

Q: @kwamiAyensu. What has been your most striking experience working with the BBC? #AskBBCKomla

A:Too many-Great interviews-launching our new studios,presenting WCup-Royal wedding-Obama in Ghana-Africa biz report #AskBBCKomla

Q: @LolanEkow: Do you think Africa needs an African-owned international media giant similar to Aljazeera for the Mideast? #AskBBCKomla

A: the more coverage the better. Africans shd tell thier story. That?s why BBCAfrica. African producers/presenters/experts#AskBBCKomla

Q: @a2ya_kemi: What has been the most difficult interview you?ve done? #AskBBCKomla

A: an Italian coach called Dossena. Every time I asked a question his reply was either yes or no.Almost for an hour.#AskBBCKomla

Q: @boakyeofcitifm: How big was the difference in quality when you left Ghana to go to the BBC? How did you meet the standard? #AskBBCKomla

A: If my journalism wasnt up to BBC standard I wouldnt have been hired. Biggest challenge was the technology. #AskBBCKomla

Q: @AaronSikombe: What is your take on aid to Africa? #AskBBCKomla

A: Aid has it?s role but in the long run no one makes progress through handouts unless the aid leads to better choices #AskBBCKomla

Q: @kofigameli. Will you ever come back & work at a Ghanaian radio station again? #AskBBCKomla

A:Yes very soon. I hope to make regular trips to help train and assist aspiring presenters across Ghana ! #AskBBCKomla

Q: @Kingsam_Soyinka: Which event did you cover in Africa that you wish to cover again and again? #AskBBCKomla

A:The magic of SA 2010 will not be repeated but theres no shortage of amazing powerful and compelling stories out of Africa #AskBBCKomla

Q: @FrankRwamugabo: One interviewee on #African continent you enjoyed interviewing? One you want to interview b4 you retire? #AskBBCKomla

A: Enjoyed most Mo Ibrahim,Paul Kagame, Kofi Annan,Desmond Tutu. Most desired Winnie Mandela,Robert Mugabe,Dos Santos #AskBBCKomla

Q: @THEREALKIWI1: What?s your inspiration and motivation? #AskBBCKomla

A: for work-my audiences-my peers-my managers-drive my desire to give my best-personally-my parents,my children #AskBBCKomla

Q:@MawuliTsikata: What?s your view on Mentorship for leadership especially for the African Continent? Are you mentoring anyone? #AskBBCKomla

A:I think mentoring is v important. I mentor through forums like this and several others especially working with young Africans #AskBBCKomla

Source: BBC


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