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Fatmata Mahazu's Funeral Ceremony

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On the cold Sunday morning of November 7th 2010, The Sierra Leone community in Minnesota lost a dear sister, mother and friend, Mrs. Fatmata Mahazu, after a protracted period of illness. Fatmata Mahazu had lived in Minnesota for many years, and had raised her children in the state. She had been employed at the Jones Harrison Residence in Minneapolis for over 12 years.
Mrs Fatmata Mahazu is survived by her husband Mr Mohamed Mahazu, two sons Mustapha and Mohamed Jr. and a daughter Aisha. Mrs. Mahazu's sister, Massah Sheriff, had recently come from Sierra Leone to help her during the latter period of her illness. She also left behind thousands of relatives and friends in USA, Sierra Leone, and abroad. Fatmata was born Sheriff, in Dama, Kenema district.
Mrs. Mahazu was a very active member of the Minnesota Chapter of the Tegloma cultural and philanthropic organization, a Sierra Leone non-profit with headquarters in USA. Mrs. Mahazu was buried in the city of Burnsville, Minnesota, on W…

Fatmata Mahazu's Funeral Ceremony

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Fatmata Mahazu's Funeral Ceremony

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Fatmata Mahazu's Burial ceremony

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The Drum of Babahun

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Babahun is a small village west of Daru Junction and 5 miles from the Eastern city of Segbwema. One Christmas season,the people of Babahun decided they were going to buy a new drum for their annual festivities. The Youth Chief sent the town crier to announce around the village that every adult male was expected to contribute five Leones towards the purchase of the new drum. In those days, five Leones was big money.


A particularly disagreeable old man, Kpana Sipo, said he had other plans for the Christmas and was not planning to spend a cent of his money on idleness. Word got back to the Youth Chief about this statement. The Youth Chief complained to the Town Chief, and Kpana was summoned to know if he had truly made the statement. Kpana arrogantly strode into the Town Chief's compound and stated in the presence of all the assembled village elders that not a single cent of his hard earned money would go towards the purchase of the village drum. The assembled men appealed to Kpana to…