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Sierra Leone News: SAMUEL JOHN: A TRUE GENTLE MAN GONE

Sameul John

Sameul John

The year was 1977 and the We Yone Newspaper office was at Fort Street off Circular Road. I was at the gate to drop my feature article when a handsome, young, and unassuming young man offered to usher me to the secretary. That young man was the Late Samuel John. That was when I first met him. He was at the time Sports Reporter for the We Yone Newspaper, the official voice of the All People’s Congress.
At the time Mr. John covered some other events but his passion was for Sports reporting and he did a very good job of it that earned him the respect and praise of very many journalists. He was known by most people as ‘Junior.’ Through his interactive ability many people were endeared to him and he was a household name. There were only three or four newspapers in the country, with the others including the Daily Mail and Unity, all using the archaic letter press manual technology.
Mr. John’s Sports reporting prowess accorded him many travels out of the country for both training and covering international matches that our Leone Stars and our Clubs took part in. From 1981 when I stopped writing for We Yone, I did not meet Mr. John again until 2009 along Siaka Stevens Street. After a short chat he convinced me to start contributing for Awoko where he was working. Right there he took me to the Managing Editor Mr. Kelvin Lewis and introduced me. That was how I started writing for Awoko Newspaper and how kind and helpful Mr. John was.
Mr. John’s commitment to work takes very high precedence. When you call him while he is at work be sure you say the most important thing first otherwise he will say ok, ok, ok and the line goes dead. When he was busy, he was genuinely busy. He kept the small talk or chat when he had no pressing work… that was the man!
He was an embodiment of an admirable gentleman in the greatest Creole/ English tradition.
Brother John we will remember you as the true kind and unassuming gentleman that you were. Rest In Peace brother and may your family be consoled.
By Beny SAM
Wednesday September 28, 2016

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