Umaru Bah: a well-liked son of Kambia died in a car accident
By Gibril Gottor
KAMBIA (TV-News24) — The Kambia people are mourning the sudden death of a beloved member of their community…UMAR — as he was popularly called.
Umaru Bah died in a car accident on Sunday between Mile 18 and Gbomtrait — along the Port Loko and Kambia Highway. He was buried the same day.
Bah was traveling from the capital Freetown to Kambia town when the accident occured.
Bah was described as gentle, unassuming, jovial ,smiling and always offering to help others.
Civil Society Movement Public Relations Officer Suad Woobay says she knew Bah since her transfer to Kambia — and that her husband was best of friends with him.
“Every now and then, when you see Umar, he’s got a smiling face. Umar was never in a vexed state; he was always smiling to people. In my own case, the many things Umar had played in my life…even at the time of my marriage, he was transporting well-wishers to and from Freetown,” Woobay recounts.
Bah was a driver, and also a motor mechanic — who regularly provided community transportation from the Freetown and Conakry highway.
Anita Sankoh, a family-friend and who had known Bah for about nine years, reiterates the above remarks, and furthers that bah was not only helpful in the country, but even extends that kindness to the community outside of the country.
“He was exceptionally reliable, and a very friendly person who was always fun-loving to others. When I was engaged in cross-country business to Guinea, it was Umar who transported me there. He didn’t even allow me to pay anyone else to carry my goods whilst in Guinea; he does it all by himself,” Sankoh sadly says.
She remembers when she was pregnant, and that it was Bah who transported her to work on his motorbike.
Youth Leader Mohamed Alim Kamara extends sympathy to the family of Bah.
“On behalf of the young people of Kambia district, I’d like to use this opportunity to extend condolence to the bereaved family of Brother Umar, and we pray the lord grants him a good resting place. And we say ‘rest in peace to Brother Umar ‘— till we meet again,” Kamara says.