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Sierra Leone News: PAIN….Missing a friend and Colleague

LATE SAMUEL JOHN

LATE SAMUEL JOHN

Pain of parting is such a sad experience that some of us thought we had developed an instinct to counter it.
Yes, I can’t recall the day I last cried but on Tuesday 13th September 2016 I cried. I wept like a baby and the uncontrollable tears were not only for missing a friend but bringing back all the years of our relationship.
Years spanning from the 70s in We Yone to Lagos back to Freetown and the beat goes on until Monday evening when the curtains fell.
The rude shock hit me that Tuesday morning with such a bang that all I could do was grab a shirt, with tears rolling down my cheeks and without thinking of anything else found my way to the house of my late brother, friend, plaba mate and colleague.
It was like the plays we use to put up then.
I realised this was the final curtain and Samuel John (Junior) had abandoned me to the pages of history while he had left me all alone without ‘the pieces’ (as we nicknamed ourselves).
We started off in the “We Yone” under Sam J.E. Metzger and Arika Awuta-Coker, two fine Editors, the likes of which we will never likely to have again.
Those were the days when the typewriter reigned supreme in the newsroom.
I joined We Yone before him and he was handed to my care to show him the ropes and I really did.
One of our first trip was to Guinea to cover Leone Stars versus Sylli National.
Samuel John was always my friend.
During the war, he travelled to Nigeria where his sister was married and he made sure he found my residence.
He was always wanting to have me work side by side with him but this is another story for another day.
TO BE CONTINUED
By Jay willie
Thursday September 15, 2016

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