Sierra Leoneans are mourning the sudden death in London of the Goodwill and Business Ambassador for the Commonwealth Africa Initiative, Mr. Moseray Gibril Santigie Fadika.
The sudden death of Mr. Moseray G.S. Fadika, who was Vice Chairman of Shandon Steel Limited, shocked many Sierra Leoneans including family members, members and supporters of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) and the youth populace.
Until his death, Mr. Moseray Fadika was obviously one of the leading flag-bearer aspirants of the ruling APC for the February 2018 presidential election.
He toured many parts of the country to declare his intention for the APC flag-bearership including Tonkolili District where he last declared his intention before he travelled to London.
It could be recalled that during the SLPP regime, the late Moseray Fadika was actively engaged in mining in Kono and other business activities that gave him prominence in the country.
But his popularity grew live wild fire when he became the Vice Chairman of the defunct African Minerals Limited (AML) that was one of the economic drivers at the time when Sierra Leone was among the fastest growing economies in the world prior to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in 2014 that devastated the country’s economy.
The late Moseray Fadika, who was fondly called ‘Super’ by his great admirers, created jobs for thousands of Sierra Leoneans at AML and other business institutions he established such as African Logistics.
Both the old and young are mourning his death because of his generosity, kindness, patriotism, contribution to national development and his undying willingness to always help others develop in life.
The late Moseray Fadika, who was the 2013 Africa Entrepreneur, was also appointed as the first Goodwill and Business Ambassador for the Commonwealth Africa Initiative. The appointment was announced at the Commonwealth Africa Summit held in London in March 2016.
The Summit which led to his appointment brought together world leaders and personalities from across the fifty-three Commonwealth countries, including Presidents, former Presidents, Ministers, High Commissioners, Members of Parliaments, policy makers, representatives of the private sector, civil society, Diaspora organizations, youth groups, Commonwealth agencies, academia, celebrities and the media.
Fadika’s appointment was announced by the erstwhile President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Okikiri Obasanjo, who is the new Co-chair of the Commonwealth Africa Initiative.
According to statement released by the Moseray Fadika Trust, this appointment underscored Fadika’s iconic status and outstanding leadership virtues and commitment to Africa’s development.
Meanwhile, President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has declared a civic funeral for the late Moseray Fadika who would be buried on Friday in Freetown.