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.

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