Haja Madinatu is laid to eternal rest in London tomorrow

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 24 April 2021:

The funeral service of our beloved mother and grandmother – Haja Madinatu Remilekum Kultumi Lewally Taylor (nee Tejan), who sadly passed away peacefully in London, UK, aged 93 years on Tuesday 20th April 2021, will take place tomorrow Sunday, 25th April 2021 at the Wood Grange Park Cemetery, Romford Road, Manor Park, London, UK at 2:45 PM prompt.

Due to Covid restrictions, a maximum of 30 people are allowed at the graveside.

Before the burial, Janaaza prayers will be held at the East London Mosque, 96 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1JQ at 1:30pm. Please arrive by 1pm at the mosque to observe Covid protocols.

Haja Madinatu is survived by her children – Mr Mohamed Thomas in Freetown, Sierra Leone; Mrs Olaymatu Allan in the UK; the Editor of the Sierra Leone Telegraph – Mr Abdul Rashid Thomas in the UK; Mrs Hawanatu Kargbo in the UK; Mrs Ekundayo Karim in Freetown, Sierra Leone; and Ms Fatmata Lewally Taylor in the UK.

She is also survived by her younger brother – Alhaji Hashim Tejan in Freetown, Sierra Leone; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Other close relatives include the Tejan, Cole, Ghazalie, Thomas, Deen, Sanneh and several others in Aberdeen, Fourahbay, Foullahtown in Freetown, as well as overseas, including The Gambia from where her parents originated.

Haja Madinatu was an ex-pupil of the St. Joseph’s Convent Secondary School in Freetown, and a highly successful business woman in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, in a male dominated Sierra Leone, before her retirement.

Those wishing to join the funeral ceremony on-line can use the following Zoom link:

Diaspora voices Studio and the family of the late Haja Madinatu Remilekum Kultumi Lewally Taylor (nee Tejan), cordially invite you to join the funeral ceremony of the late Haja Madinatu tomorrow, Sunday 25th April 2021, starting at 12.45 PM London Time.

Please join us by using the following zoom link, ID and Passcode:


Meeting ID: 813 1511 8376

Passcode: 684141



  1. My condolences to Mr. Thomas and the entire family. I hope that you will take solace based on the fact that the almighty in heaven has finally asked an angel to join him in paradise.

  2. My sincere condolences to you Mr.Thomas and the entire family on the passing of your mother and loved one. May her soul rest in perfect peace. Thank you for giving us a platform to express ourselves responsibly, and without fear of intimidation and cancellation.

  3. May Haja Madinatu’s soul rest on perfect peace and may the family find solace. 93 years is no joke. It is a life well spent.

  4. Oh lord Jesus Christ, we humbly entrust our dear mother and grandmother Haja Madinatu. In this life you embraced her with your tender love. Deliver her now from every evil and bid her eternal rest. Mathew 11 25-37 says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls, For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” May eternal rest grant unto her oh lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace Father God. Love always, in the name of our lord and saviour Jesus Christ. May thy kingdom come oh God. May the dust returns to the earth as it was and the spirit returns to God who gave it, I pray. My heartfelt sympathy to you Mr Abdul Rashid Thomas and your family. RIP Haja Madinatu.

  5. Abdul please accept the heartfelt condolences of the Tunkara family on the passing away of your beloved mother. I pray that Allah would show her his infinite mercy and forgiveness for her mistakes and shortcomings during her 93 years on Earth and also reward her generously for her good deeds. Its time to pause, reflect and cherish the wonderful memories she left behind in the hearts of her family and friends. May her kind and gentle soul Rest In Peace.

  6. On this Month of Ramadan, may Allah SWT have mercy on Hajah Madinatu and grant her Jannah. Ameen

  7. Hello Mr. Rashid Thomas, on behalf of my Sesay family at home and abroad, I want to extend my sympathy to your family, for the loss of your dear Mother. May her soul rest in peace.

  8. May Allah’s light perpetual shine on her beautiful soul, and may He in His infinite capacity for mercy, grace and compassion grant her eternal rest.

  9. May your soul Mama Thomas rest in perfect peace to the arms of the almighty God. Indeed the fruits of your labour is felt all over the world especially in mama Salone through the efforts of your noble/wonderful son Dr Abdul Thomas the Editor in Chief of this noble forum and online newspaper The Sierra Leone Telegraph which has allowed all well loving Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora and at home to make our views/concerns known since its establishment and has help in shaping mama Salone to a country we are concerned of and want to be proud of. May your soul rest again in perfect peace after a life perfectly/successfully lived

  10. What a beautiful face Haja Madinatu had. May Allah accept just one Rakah of the numerous Rakah that she offered in her lifetime.

  11. Indeed those we loved,the brightest,kindest and the best among us must also obey the divine command to embark on a Journey of no Return to the magnificent shores of Heaven. Here today,gone tomorrow; Such are the ways of Existence. Everyone will have to answer to that call that comes from the Great Architect of Creation. A fragrant rose has been plucked away from our loving hands so that Heaven can rejoice and bestow its finest Everlasting blessings, mercies and favors upon her. Shed no more tears for he that created all breathing living things loves her far more than thee. She was created gently,subtly so that she would someday become a loving umbrella of Hope and Trust over all of you; What a blessing!

    But all good things must come to an end; A shield made of pure steel out of love that protected the weak,timid and poor in good times and bad is no longer with us; She has returned to the room of Treasures In Heaven because her mission here on earth has been a success. Give abundant thanks for her people of my beloved Sierra Leone; Weep for her, but only with tears of thanksgiving and Joy. Rest In Heaven Haja Madinatu in the gentle bosoms of joy and tranquility…Rest, gentle rose forever in the midsts of Angels singing praises to our Omnipotent merciful God – What a blessing; Such a rare blessing is truly worth celebrating.

  12. My profound sympathy to the entire family for the loss of their mother, grandmother, sister and friend. May Allah forgive her mistakes and grant her Janatul Firdous. Ameen.

  13. My good friend Otogue – like I said earlier when I read of the passing away of your dear beloved mom, it came at a difficult time because of the covid. Again I want to reach out to you and the entire family members with prayers. Allah will see you through these difficult times. May her precious soul enter into perpetual rest.

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