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George Alagiah’s parents, Donald Alagiah, a civil engineer and Therese, were Sri Lankan Tamil. They left in November 1961 when the future for Tamils there seemed bleak and moved to Ghana. In 1967 George started his secondary education in Portsmouth after which he read politics at Durham University. He is a renowned British newsreader, journalist and television news presenter.
‘So many of our family photos in Ghana have a car as backdrop. I suppose it was a kind of shorthand for showing our relatives back home the progress we were making.’