Gambia: Epitaph to a true Journalist: Doyen Suwaebou Conateh


Inna lillahi wa Inna Ilaihi Raji’un. Epitaph to a true Journalist: Doyen Suwaebou Conateh:

This is greatly saddening news: The Gambia has lost one of its greatest journalist, editor and publisher. He lived an accomplished life of service to journalism and free press. Suwaebou Conateh; a man of integrity and intellectual courage as well as a profound decency: People tell the dead to rest in peace. Suwaebou was occupied with the living, living in peace in the service of the voiceless.

Death is a shadow that always; ALWAYS follows the body. A universal, inevitable phenomenon that picks the weak and the strong, the rich and the poor – young and old. “Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and own dying” (Martin Luther – not the King). Yes. All that live must die. It is a debt we must pay. In the words of Hilaire Beloc, “death is what even politicians fail to bribe or swindle, bully or blackmail”. Fare thee well, doyen Suwaebou Conateh: ; a man’s ability may be great or small, but if he has this spirit, he is already noble-minded and pure, a man of moral integrity and above vulgar interests, a man who is of value to the people. May Allah grant him Jannat -ul-firdo.

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