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APC Party Gives late Oya Sankoh an heroic funeral
By Abdul Malik Bangura
Apr 10, 2017, 12:08
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All Peoples Congress (APC) National Secretary General, Ambassador Osman Foday Yansaneh has called for prayers for the recent increase in death rate of his party’s loyalists.

The APC National Scribe made this statement on Sunday 9th April 2017, to a galaxy of APC hierarchy, government officials, loyalists and supporters, who thronged Yele Town, chiefdom headquarters of Gbonkolenken, in Tonkolili District, Northern Sierra Leone, to pay their last respect with an heroic funeral for the late Rosaline Oya Sankoh. Yele is the hometown of late Rosaline Oya Sankoh. During his statement, OF Yansaneh as he is fondly called, said that the APC Party has been greatly challenged lately with the increased number of deaths of its loyalists.

He therefore called for massive prayers from all APC supporters, so that God could guide them through their leadership transition period. He said the APC has really suffered shocking losses lately and that he prays that God could keep the remaining loyalists so that they could help sail the party through its leadership transition.

Meanwhile, it could be recalled that the sudden death of Hon. Rosaline Oya Sankoh, who was the country’s Deputy Ambassador to The Islamic Republic of The Gambia, took place at the Jui Hospital in Freetown where she was rushed after having a sudden attack.  


Sierra Leone Embassy sources in The Gambia say, Hon. Rosaline Oya Sankoh had left the Gambia on Sunday 19th March 2017, and boarded a flight in Senegal during the early hours of Monday 20th March 2017, to arrive in Sierra Leone to register, only to die on Tuesday 21st March, 2017.

Prior to her appointment as Deputy Ambassador to The Gambia, Hon. Oya Sankoh had served as Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources. She also did serve as Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs. Within the APC, many supporters say she is a passionate loyalist of the Party, and that earned her a position at the party’s National Advisory Committee (NAC), the second highest decision making body in the APC.  APC hierarchy members that were present at the funeral service were: APC Deputy Chairman and Leader, Honourable Minkailu Mansaray; APC Northern Regional Chairman, Honourable Buya Kamara; APC Tonkolili District Chairman, Honourable Dr. Minkailu Bah, Cabinet Ministers, Honourable Members of Parliament and many others.

For photo news on the coverage of funeral, See below of this edition.


Photo News: APC Party Gives late Oya Sankoh an heroic funeral

A galaxy of Government officials led by Hon. Vice President were in attendance

Haja Zainab Hawa Bangura attended accompanied by delegates from America

Her close friend, Mrs. Jallow of the APC and also Head of EPA pays tribute

Sad moment for the son of the late woman

Women of SDA Christian denomination to which the late woman belonged

Jampacked church certainly could not accommodate all who attended

Gallant youths of Gbonkolenken took it by turn to carry the casket shoulder high through streets of Yele

STATUS QUO fraternity to which her son belonged, served as Pall bearers

No space to sit so women encamped on the floor. It was poignant

The ACTION GROUP women created by late woman formed part of the huge crowd walking behind coffin

Women of Gbonkolenken mourning their greatest heroine

Gender Minister Hon. Dr. Blyden consoling Nasoko Kawalen, the Head of Bondo Society in Gbonkolenken

Bright red beautiful casket being lowered into grave

Women traveled from all over the country to attend funeral of Oya Sankoh 

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