Calabash_Issue 9 Apr. 2014 - Page 63

tribute Tribute to the late retired Col A O Kamara Husband, father & friend Great men don’t die, because their great works live after them. This is true regarding the late Retired Colonel Alhaji Alimamy Osman Kamara, fondly known to his many relatives and friends as A O Kamara, who peacefully passed away in Freetown on 15th September 2011 aged 80 He was born at No 10 Magburaka Road, Makeni town in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone. He attended the American Wesleyan Mission School in Makeni. After leaving school he joined the Sierra Leone Armed Forces at the age of 20 and moved up through the ranks. After thirteen years going through the ranks, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant. The late Retired colonel served in various Divisions of the Armed Forces In 1977 he was in command of the military battalion at Teko in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone and in 1985 was posted to the Army Training School in Benguema on the outskirts of Freetown. With other dedicated officers, he devoted his time and energy to the training of fine men and women soldiers, some of whom are still serving as dedicated officers in the Sierra Leone Armed Forces today. This was a man who had everything in life: power, wealth. prestige, honour… name the good things of life, he had them all. But he was also a man who was always willing to give everything for the love of his country. Those who knew him well can testify to his generosity and his courageous stand at the time the Armed Forces were going through much turbulence with coups and counter coups. He stood out as one of most loyal soldiers to his country. After 38 years of active unblemished service he retired from the Armed Forces and in 1992 was appointed as an Adviser to the International Meridian Bank. A year later he was he was appointed Minister for Internal and Rural Affairs. In 1996 he was appointed an Expatriate to the Republic of the Gambia. After a period of four years, he returned to Sierra Leone and was elected as a Member of the Sierra Leone Parliament. He served as a member of Parliament for two terms and was a member of the Sierra Leone Mining Board. The late Retired A.O Kamara was always willing to serve his country in any capacity. He also played a very formidable role in the process of re-establishing peace after the war in the country. Always smiling, here was a humble, calm and very patient individual who showed respect to all he encountered, both young and old. He was also something of a perfectionist who could not stand mediocrity. He will be sadly missed. Tribute –the late Muriel Elizabeth Shaw (nee Williams) Ag Principal Methodist Girls High The late Muriel Elizabeth Shaw was an outstanding educationist and a loyalist to her alma mater, the Methodist Girls High school in Freetown, Sierra Leone, she lived and died serving. Born on the 3rd of May 1961, she attended the Tabernacle and Cathedral Primary schools and the Methodist Girls High school. After leaving school, she became a pupil teacher in the school, before proceeding to the Milton Margai Teachers College where she graduated with a Higher Teachers’ certificate; she was awarded a scholarship to study French in Togo and France Still wanting to further her education, she went to Fourah Bay College and graduated in French and geography. She had a Master degree in Educational Administration from Njala University This motivated her to head her school as principal and was appointed acting principal of the junior department on the 18th of August 2009 and died on the 18th August 2010 A devoted Christian who served in several women Christian organisations. She also encouraged women in the Diaspora to embark on several developmental projects to reform the school. She is survived by her mother Mrs Elizabeth Williams, sons Mackie and Nyakeh, Sisters Mrs Ruby Samai in Freetown, Mrs Cynthia Williams in London and hosts of relatives and friends including Methodist Girls High School and UMC King Memorial Church in Freetown. MAY THE SOUL OF OUR DEAR A O REST IN PERFECT PEACE. issue nine | Calabash Magazine | 61