A tribute to my brother Moseray Gibril Santigie Fadika
Yes he is a blood relative I am a Fadika paternally, and those who know that know it. This is the third death in my family circle that has touched me so deeply. First was my elder sister, the late Rosetta Yabu Kamara, second was my eldest brother late Agba Peter Kamara, and now my younger brother late Moseray Fadika. The shock is immeasurable. When you look at my life history, I am the lone ranger the only survival sibling of ten children from my dad and mum. The rest would be cousins. I am therefore sensitive to any loss of any member from my relatives.
The last time I saw him were at a promotional show encouraging the youths to denounce violence at a fund raiser for the musician ‘’Famous’’ at family kingdom in Freetown. Another instance was at the wedding of Dr. Sesay’s daughter, that was the last we shared a hug and talk.
My first encounter with him was in Cairo where as a young lad, he was under his elder brother’s care; our elder brother former ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt ambassador Nkorho Kemoh Fadika. He was a peaceful, humbled, and quiet spoken gentleman. I remembered his active role as a youth supporting the APC youth branch in Cairo-Egypt for which I was secretary general in the 1980’s. On a number of occasions we have met in transit ports between Sierra Leone and London, and in all encounters he has always been respectful.
Following his philanthropic engagement in Sierra Leone, is a bright example for all Sierra Leoneans living abroad. A remark that would be a permanent legacy in his labored last speech. To the august gathering that listened to his last speech, he asked that Sierra Leoneans should return home and serve our country. He further stated that he would not have attained his philanthropic status if he had remained abroad.
I was in denial until this morning and by looking at his innocent looks on photos posted in social media, I had to burst into tears. A common way of my pattern of mourning my loved ones. First I won’t believe it, then a day or two later spontaneously I will sob and cry. But one thing that has given me comfort was his engagement with the entire populations of Sierra Leone, that he was actively religious. The past Ramadan was as usual saw his philanthropic support to mosques and Muslims throughout the country. His death is shrouded by many attributions, but I believe if he was harmed during his Islamic legionary work and a clear intention of his faith then no regrets. ‘’What does it cost a man if he gained the whole world and suffer the lot of his own soul’’. I pray that the heavens be your reward.
Dr. Augustine Kamara (Fadika)
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