June 6, 2018
By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma
The Sierra Leone Association of Journalist (SLAJ) is mourning the sudden demise of journalist Ibrahim Samura, who suddenly passed away Wednesday, 6th June at the 34 Military Hospital, Wilberforce in Freetown.
Journalist Ibrahim B. Samura, until his demise, was the Publisher and Executive Editor of the New Age newspaper.
An outspoken print journalist who also served as panelist on radio and television, he was one of few voices that highlighted the ills of the past All People’s Congress regime, and paid for that on the Presidential run-off election, March 31st, when the party’s thugs attacked and beat him.
After his sudden death went viral, journalists across Freetown and elsewhere in the country took to social, expressing shock and condolences for their fallen colleague.
The BBC’s Umaru Fofana posted on his Facebook page: ‘I’m devastated! I can’t say any more. Rest In Peace journalist Ibrahim Samura. Your kind heart, hard work and fear of God will see you through.’
Former Awoko Newspaper reporter Abibatu Dora Kamara remarked: ‘It’s sad to believe that u are gone. Ibrahim Samura you mean so much to me. You stood by me through thick and thin moments. My brother and senior colleague, may mother earth rest gently on you. RIP till we meet again’
Popular columnist and veteran journalist George Khoryama lamented: ‘A great loss of a vibrant and outspoken colleague. Samura has yet to live in our memories. You tried brother, you tried. Rest in peace.’
Journalist Stanley Bangura Jr. also expressed utter shock, ‘Guys, I am deeply sadden by the news of the passing on of the guy who championed by campaign for the SLAJ Presidency. RIP Samura.’
Meanwhile, the journalists’ umbrella body has extended condolences to the bereaved family and friends of their late colleague and prayed that his soul rest in perfect heavenly peace.
The association would open a book of condolence for Mr. Samura on Monday, 11th June, at the Harry Yansaneh Hall, SLAJ Headquarters in Freetown.
The fallen editor is also being mourned by the Guild of Newspaper Editors, who recognised him as a founding member.